Teacher profiles

Read about some of our featured Summer and Winter School lecturers, their backgrounds and why they enjoy teaching in intensive mode.

Dr. She Hawke - Lecturer of Gender and Cultural Studies

Summer School is intense, dynamic and exciting. A semester in six weeks with intimate class sizes, it is the perfect forum for those who cannot imagine the long summer without meaningful intellectual engagement, or for those who are hurrying their degree along. Summer School is a 'meeting place' for undergraduate knowledge sharing at it's best.

Jacqueline Murguet - Lecturer of Introductory French

The intensity of the course motivates the students to give their best, knowing full well that they will be encouraged and supported in all aspects of their learning experience, whether it is grammar or oral communications skills.

The small class size gives students ample opportunity to ask questions and guarantees strong individual attention.

Students feel motivated to participate in all activities, thereby developing confidence and a great sense of camaraderie.

They accept the high, yet manageable workload as a contributing factor of their success and progress in this course.

Jake Lynch - Director for Peace and Conflict Studies

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, PhD (City University, London) is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and newly elected Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having hosted its Sydney conference in July 2010.

Jake has spent the past 13 years researching, developing, teaching and training in peace journalism – and practising it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers. He was an on-air presenter, anchoring over a thousand half-hour news bulletins for BBC World TV BBC World News. Before that, he was the Sydney Correspondent for the London Independent newspaper, and a Political Correspondent for Sky News.

Since 1999 up to the present day, Jake has led training workshops in peace journalism for professional editors and reporters, and in media skills for peace workers, in many countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Norway and the UK. Clients have included the British Council, Council of Europe, DANIDA, GTZ, SIDA, NORAD, the Olof Palme Memorial Fund and the Australian Commonwealth government.

A course in Summer/Winter School generates the most wonderful sense of togetherness and shared intellectual adventure. Peace journalism was designed as a sort of 'connect the dots' between theory and practice, with ample opportunity for hands-on participation. The commonest reaction from Summer/Winter School students is: 'This is what I hoped University would be like!'

Ross Anderson - Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

I enjoy teaching in the Summer School, because it provides an opportunity to engage with law students from a range of different universities. As a learning environment, the Summer School offers the advantage of small class sizes and an intensive teaching mode.

Kathryn Welch - Senior Lecturer Dept of Classical and Ancient History

The Classical Rome Summer School allowed so many people to learn Roman history in a unique and unforgettable way: the city of Rome itself was our textbook. Both postgraduate coursework students and undergraduates were eligible to study for credit, and our bursary system helped to defray at least some of the cost. It was the first time most of the participants had been to Rome. Three weeks of intensive residential school gave them a familiarity with the city as well as the material we studied. We came, we walked, we learned history!

Seiko Yasumoto - AA (Meiji University), BA (Pace University), MA (Columbia), MA (Macquarie University, PhD (Queensland University of Technology))

Seiko Yasumoto, the coordinator of JPNS 1611 has taught Japanese at The University of Sydney for 20 years and has been awarded The University of Sydney Arts Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Dr Yasumoto emphasizes the importance of quality teaching with measured and analysed outcomes. She has developed multiple culture and language courses for the department of Japanese Studies as well as Japanese for Specific Purposes for the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture and Resource Economics, and Graduate School of Business (International MBA).

Dr Yasumoto alongside her current research projects, is also developing ‘Anime’: an online multimedia project for teaching Japanese with M. Sata Khan. She is one of the collaborative researchers engaged in a comparative study on the motivations of learners of Japanese with colleagues from North Carolina University, USA and the University of New England, Australia. She has also developed international educational links with Japanese Universities this includes: Shinwa Teacher Training program for Japanese University students; Video conferencing with Gifu University; Webcam chat program with Otsuma University and In an in-country training program with Tohoku University.

Summer School is a joy for Seiko and her team as she has a great understanding and fondness for JPNS1611. Her supporting tutors have been carefully selected to ensure they provide an authentic and creative environment for learning including on-line activities. By the end of JPNS1611, students will have gained a sound comprehension of beginners Japanese, together with a new appreciation of the country's rich and diverse culture. From day one of the course you will be using Japanese in various interactive activities, and will soon after be using Japanese in class communication. There is no doubt that this is a challenging course, however by putting hard work and commitment in, you will be surprised at how much you can achieve in a short period of time. Seiko invites you to come and join and share the pleasure of learning.