Professor Carole Cusack
Pro-Dean (Teaching and Learning)
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Carole M. Cusack received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of Sydney in 1986. She later graduated PhD in Studies in Religion in 1996 and Master of Education (Educational Psychology) in 2001. She has taught in Studies in Religions since 1989, first as a casual tutor and lecturer, and from 1996 as a full-time staff member.
Her research interests include medieval European religion, religious conversion, medieval and modern Paganism, contemporary religious trends, alternative spiritualities and new religious movements. She is the editor (with Dr Christopher Hartney, University of Sydney) of the Journal of Religious History, and (with Dr Liselotte Frisk, Dalarna University, Sweden) the International Journal for the Study of New Religions. She has a close relationship with the University of Edinburgh, where she takes her Special Studies Program Leave and has taught on exchange in 2009.
Carole is also involved in many Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and University initiatives. She is Pro-Dean (Teaching and Learning) for 2013-2014, and has been Director of Academic Support and Development for two semesters in 2011 and 2012, Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in 2008 to 2010, and Degree Director of the Bachelor of Arts from 2008-2010.
- Medieval Christianity
- European Mythology
- Theories of Conversion
- Western Esotericism
- Contemporary Religious Trends
Teaching and supervision
Carole teaches units including RLST 1002 The History of God, RLST 2626 Witchcraft, Paganism and the New Age, RLST 2631 Celtic and Germanic Mythology, RLST 2627 Religion in Multicultural Australia and RLST 2605 Christianity and the Medieval World.
Carole supervises research postgraduates and Honours students in medieval religion, New Age studies, European mythology, Christian conversion, religion and new media, Pagan Studies, pilgrimage and tourism, witchcraft and magic, and new religious movements.
Awards and honours
- Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision (2010)
- CHASS Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision Award (2006)
- Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2004)
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