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Professor Susan Rowland

Meet our teachers

Get to know some of UQ's passionate and engaging teachers.
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Published 31 Aug, 2021  ·  6 minute read

All UQ teachers have a passion for their area of expertise and a drive to pass this onto their students. For our teachers, there's nothing more exciting than teaching students who want to dive into the unknown alongside them.

No matter the discipline or field of study, our passionate, engaging experts are ready to empower curious students with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to face a future of unknowns.

UQ’s teachers are true experts, with extensive industry and research experience. In many cases, they've ‘written the book’ on their subject. They're highly sought-after specialists who continue to provide knowledge leadership for a better world.

They're also future-focused, which means they're committed to ensuring students gain the insights, experience, and practical know-how to tackle any problem. Not just content to give students the skills to get their first job, our teachers prepare students for any path, any future, and any possibility.

Associate Professor Ron Johnstone: Environmental Science

Ron Johnstone

Drawing from his extensive experience nurturing the coastal and marine ecosystems of more than 30 countries, Associate Professor Ron Johnstone knows that what his students learn will have an impact on the future of the planet.

Meet Associate Professor Ron Johnstone

Dr Jiwon Kim: Engineering and Computing

Dr Jiwon Kim

A childhood love of Lego led Dr Jiwon Kim to become an expert in transport engineering.

She loves seeing concepts come to life and is passionate about sharing these with her students.

Jiwon knows being up to date with the latest systems and technologies is incredibly important, so she ensures her students, the engineers of the future, are prepared with this digital literacy.

Meet Dr Jiwon Kim

Professor Ryan Ko: Computer Science and Cyber Security

Ryan Ko

Professor Ryan Ko is a shining example of how rewarding it is to be curious in your field.

When he studied computer science in his undergraduate degree, Professor Ko never imagined he’d be helping protect the cyber privacy of millions of people.

Ryan’s proudest moments in his teaching career are those where students with no background in computer science graduate with the same burning passion and curiosity as him.

Meet Professor Ryan Ko

Professor Stuart Carney: Medicine

Professor Stuart Carney

Professor Stuart Carney is a firm believer in pushing today’s medical boundaries for the future of medicine.

He's passionate about advocating for disadvantaged people, and hopes all of UQ’s medical students take that passion with them when they graduate.

By asking the hard questions and not accepting the status quo, Stuart knows that UQ produces some of the best medical graduates in Australia.

Meet Professor Stuart Carney

Professor Susan Rowland: Science

Susan Rowland

Professor Susan Rowland believes that science is not just sitting in a lab, she believes that science is beautiful.

One of Professor Rowland’s favourite things about UQ’s approach to research is that it's collaborative, so students don’t have to face problems alone.

Despite being in a field that drives world-changing research, Susan’s passion for teaching is driven by the emotional and intellectual growth of her students.

Meet Professor Susan Rowland

Dr Ryan Catterwell: Law

Dr Ryan Catterwell

Dr Ryan Catterwell maintains strong industry connections for UQ’s law students by continuing to practise law alongside his teaching.

The consistent touchpoint with industry allows Dr Caterwell to translate the most up-to-date skills to his students and instil a strategy to adapt to real-time changes.

Ryan believes that the human connections formed between lawyer and client are unique and cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence.

Meet Dr Ryan Catterwell

Dr Sara Herke: Mathematics

Dr Sara Herke

One of the most important things that Dr Sara Herke hopes to teach her students is that mathematics is a fascinating field that can be applied to every single industry in today’s society.

Sara is passionate about empowering students to have the courage to ask questions and the confidence to make mistakes and learn from them. She believes that this curiosity is where the breakthroughs in mathematical research happen.

Meet Dr Sara Herke

Dr Joe Gattas: Civil Engineering

Joe Gattas

Dr Joe Gattas believes user-centred design is the future of civil engineering.

His keen sense of curiosity has seen him discover new ways to design cities with people and the environment in mind.

Joe acknowledges that his own expertise has developed thanks to his students. His students have challenged his thinking, and their questions have resulted in collaborative research.

Meet Dr Joe Gattas

Professor Alastair Blanshard: Classics and Ancient History

Alastair Blanshard

Professor Alastair Blanshard’s career did not start off purely in humanities.

His undergraduate degree was actually in law. His fascinating personal journey lends him the insight that passion should be the main driver in your career.

Alastair focuses on teaching his students to be critical thinkers, as it’s a transferable skillset that transcends industries and jobs.

Meet Professor Alastair Blanshard

Professor Karen Healy: Social Work

Karen Healy

Professor Karen Healy has a 'fire in her belly' for preparing her social work students for the situations they will encounter in their careers.

Karen wants to ensure UQ graduates are great practitioners who are empowered to create change and make a positive impact in the world.

Meet Professor Karen Healy

Associate Lecturer Paul Treschman: Health, Sport and Education

Paul Treschman

For Associate Lecturer Paul Treschman, understanding how people flourish in different environments is the key to building safe, supportive settings for students to learn.

Paul understands that everyone learns differently, and he builds this into his teaching so each individual can excel.

Meet Associate Lecturer Paul Treschman

Associate Lecturer Debbie Jeffery: Commerce

Debbie Jeffery

Associate Lecturer Debbie Jeffery brings a wealth of international industry experience to her classrooms, but it’s her unique approach to teaching that makes her classes so engaging, enjoyable and educational.

Debbie's interactive style and innovative use of technology prepare her students with both the hard and soft skills for the future workforce.

Meet Associate Lecturer Debbie Jeffery

Associate Professor Simon Reid: Public Health

Simon Reid

The term ‘zoonotic’ may not have been widely known before the COVID-19 crisis, but for UQ public health expert Simon Reid, discovering how diseases jump from animals to humans – and what to do to minimise the risk, has been the focus of his research for years.

As a teacher, seeing his students understand the complex relationship between place, person and situation is a satisfying milestone.

Meet Associate Professor Simon Reid

Dr Sebastian Kaempf: Peace and Conflict

Sebastian Kaempf

Growing up in Germany, Dr Sebastian Kaempf found that people didn’t want to speak about war.

When Sebastian first learned about the history of conflict, it completely reshaped his worldview.

Today, he’s dedicated to helping the next generation understand the politics of conflict in order to promote peace. 

Meet Dr Sebastian Kaempf

Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz: Agriculture

Ammar Abdul Aziz

Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz has been many things in life – farmer, fund manager, researcher and teacher. 

But it’s his last role, as a teacher at UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, where he’s found his true calling.

Wide-ranging experiences in multiple industries have equipped Ammar to make a difference to students and the planet.

Meet Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz

Dr Simone Smala: Education

Simone Smala

Dr Simone Smala has taught in Australian schools for three decades.

Her interest in finding out more about what education means for our world and society led her to a research project focused on uncovering how learners feel at different stages of the learning process.

Simone believes the key to excellent teaching is to connect with individual students and their personal stories.

Meet Dr Simone Smala

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle: Criminology and Justice

Lorraine Mazerolle

For criminology expert Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, the most rewarding part of being a teacher is seeing her students have an ‘aha’ moment when they truly understand something new.

Lorraine loves bringing real crime stories to life in the classroom, not just from her 30-year career, but with industry experts from police, corrections and courts.

Meet Professor Lorraine Mazerolle

Dr Jacqueline Bond: Pharmacy

Jacqueline Bond

A multiple award-winning educator from UQ’s School of Pharmacy and self-proclaimed nerd, Dr Jacqueline Bond knows that being authentically human is essential for connecting with her students, as it gives them permission to be real too.

Jacqueline teaches her students that while the fundamentals of pharmacy are based on facts, data and science, their profession is really about taking care of people.

Meet Dr Jacqueline Bond

Professor Tracey Bunda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Indigenous studies Professor Tracey Bunda

As convener of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies major, Tracey Bunda helps students see how understanding Indigenous knowledges and cultures can complement their other studies, helping them become the thoughtful leaders of tomorrow.

Tracey finds joy in teaching because it’s not just a learning experience for her students but for her as well.

Meet Professor Tracey Bunda

Associate Professor Nicholas Carah: Communication

UQ Communication Associate Professor Nicholas Carah

Nicholas Carah, Deputy Head of School in UQ's School of Communication and Arts, has a highly collaborative teaching approach, which he uses to prepare students for the workplace. 

Nic believes communication graduates have the power to help people see each other and their lives as a shared endeavour.

Meet Associate Professor Nicholas Carah

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