The Senior and Middle Common Rooms bring together graduates, postgraduates, academics and professionals within the College. Combined, their expertise and experience assists students with their studies and help with the operation of the College.
BA (Hons), MA DipEd Litt D (Melb), DLitt (VU Amsterdam), FAHA
Born in the Netherlands and descended from solid Frisian stock, David has spent his life moving backwards and forwards between the Netherlands and Australia. He first came out to this country with his parents at the age of four and grew up in Geelong, where he attended The Geelong College and was dux of the school in 1968. His youth in Geelong has resulted in an indelible Australian accent and inevitable support for a particular football team (though he also greatly enjoys cricket).
In 1969 he went up to Queen’s on a Hitchcock scholarship and resided here for three formative years while he studying Classics, History and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. On completing his BA (Hons) in 1972 he continued to study at the University and obtained a MA (thesis subject: The letters of Synesius of Cyrene) and a DipEd. In 1977, having won the University of Melbourne Travelling Scholarship, he returned to The Netherlands and pursued a doctorate in Ancient Philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. It was completed in 1983 and obtained the highest grade of cum laude. Its subject focused on the Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria and the use he made of Plato’s dialogue the Timaeus in interpreting the creation account in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
On completing his doctorate David obtained the prestigious C & C Huygens Post-doctoral award in the Netherlands, which allowed him to continue his research and become a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A., and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, Canberra. In 1989 he spent a year in Münster, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. In 1990 he was appointed lecturer in ancient philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. The next year he became Professor Extraordinarius at the University of Utrecht, and in 1992 he was appointed to the chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands’ oldest and most famous university. From 1995 to 1999 he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy.
In 2002 David returned to Melbourne to take up the position of Master of his old College. At present, in addition to being Master, he is also Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University, as well as being Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
David’s chief research interests have been in the history of ideas and particularly the relation between Greek philosophy and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. He is a world authority on the figure of Philo of Alexandria, the learned Greek-speaking Jew who lived at the same time as Jesus Christ. He is also currently doing research on the sources for the history of early Greek philosophy. This research has been supported by two Australian Research Council grants which enable him to work together with colleagues from overseas.
David is married to Gonni, who also has a Dutch background. They have three children. Their daughter Emma lives in Amsterdam She is married to Daniel and they have a son Oliver. Their two sons moved with them to Australia and now live in Melbourne.
As a result of many years of research and teaching experience David is convinced that ancient ideas, especially in the areas of ethics and spirituality, are highly relevant to our lives and culture as we experience them in the 21st century. He also believes that the College, as a residential academic community where senior, middle and junior members mix together, is an excellent place for such ideas to be presented and discussed.
BA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD (Syd)
Philip was appointed in July 2002, having served for six years as Dean of Whitley College, the University of Melbourne.
Sydney born and bred, Philip read History at the University of Sydney and completed his doctorate in the then uncharted waters of sports history. Known as ‘Doctor Soccer’, his research on the game in Australia pioneered the local nexus between ethnicity and sport. Notable research projects have included Ethnic Involvement in Australian Soccer: A History 1950-1990 and (ed.) Sporting Immigrants.
Believing that old players never die, they just run out of puff, Philip loves to coach and follow his beloved Red Devils (Man Utd). He is married to loving wife Wendy and together they are blessed with three great children, Ethan, Caleb and Kezia. Whitley the border collie – smart, handsome, black and white, rounds up the family.
BA (Sociology), MA (Sociology)
Madison began her appointment as Associate Dean in January 2013. She leads the mentoring program, non-resident program, and duty roster, in addition to assisting with a variety of college operations and events.
Madison is in the final stages of a Sociology PhD with the University of Virginia. She travelled to Melbourne from the US to research WWI Australia as a case study in national identity development. Madison lives in residence at Queen’s, and in her spare time she enjoys baking and reading mystery novels.
Ian has studied Theology in the U.S., England, and Australia. He has come to Australia to work on his Theological Master's (Mts) and serve the Community in love and truth as Chaplain.
DMA, MMus, GradDipEd, GradDipAMus, BMus, ASCAP
Kathleen is Director of Music at Queen’s College. Originally from Melbourne, she returned to Australia in 2013 having completed a master's degree in the UK as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow, and then a doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Most recently she spent almost 13 years in San Francisco, conducting choirs and orchestras. She has received many accolades for her community work and as an educator, including a special citation in Music Education from The American Prize. In 2013 she is Guest Conductor at the Melbourne International Singers Festival, and in 2014 she is Conductor-In-Residence at Various Voices: an international choral festival in Dublin, Ireland. She looks forward to becoming an established part of Melbourne's music scene. For more information, visit: www.kathleen-mcguire.com.
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), PhD
Simon is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Allergy and Immunology Department, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital. His group is conducting a number of projects concerned with preventing and treating asthma and lung disease. Three powerful pharmacological approaches are being trialled. Drugs which restore normal airway structure, drugs which protect and heal the internal lining of the lungs, and drugs which modulate immune and proliferative function by changing DNA chemistry. Those interested in these research projects should contact Simon. Studentships are available.
Simon enjoys teaching year 1 Biology/Genetics through to year 4+ research students. Teaching is conducted at Queen’s College and the Departments of Pathology and Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Simon's extracurricular interests include classic automobiles, the country, golf, the crusades, travel and the sea.
Korean born but lived for about 10 years in Malaysia, Min was a member of the Queen’s JCR for his first two years at university and later returned to College to become a member of the SCR. A qualified doctor, he is currently studying for his Masters in Public Health. His personal interest is music and he also loves playing guitar.
BEng (Melb), MEngStr (Melb)
Haoqing, called by most ‘Bill’, tutors at Queen’s in Engineering. Originally from the People’s Republic of China, he loves travelling, cooking and baking, as well as listening to classical music, reading books and watching movies.
Sarah has previously studied English Literature and International Studies in the U.S. After working in the elderly care field, she is eager to pursue Nursing.
BA (National University of Singapore), MA (ANU), PhD (Warwick)
BChildren’s Services (CD), Grad Dip Ed, MTeach
Sue is a PhD candidate and a Clinical Specialist specialising in Early Childhood Education
BA(RMIT), Grad Cert (Swinburne), Dip Learning Disorder Management and Child Psych (College of Allied Educators)
Currently studying for a Masters of Development
Rev Sean Winter is Queen’s Dean of Chapel and is Head of Department for Biblical Studies at the United Faculty of Theology
Education Co-ordinator, Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
B.A., from the Mount Carmel College, (Bangalore University), a B.D., from the United Theological College, Bangalore (Serampore University), a THM and PHD from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA (1989-1995).
Monica is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Centre for Theology & Ministry
Rev Dr Geoff Thompson recently joined the Faculty of the Uniting Church Theological College at the CTM as Professor of Systematic Theology. Geoff returns to Melbourne after twelve years as Principal and Director Studies of Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, the ministerial and theological training college of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. In late June, he relocated to Parkville with his wife Linda and one of his two sons, Jamie. Current research involves finishing a book on a Uniting Church Theology exploring the way the Basis of Union engages with contemporary theological issues. Geoff’s longer term hope is to research in the area of Discipleship Christology and drawing on the way the death and resurrection of Jesus are related to each other in the systematic theological tradition.
Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator who teaches and reports on sustainability, environmentalism and social media for social change. Named 'the environmental messenger' by Vanity Fair and a "top ten eco-hero of the planet" by the UK's Guardian, Simran is dedicated to a redefinition of environmentalism that uses innovative forms of engagement and includes voices from the prairie, urban core and global community.
BA (Hons), GradCertArts (Art History), PostGradDipArts (Art History), GradDipTheol, AMusA
John Weretka holds qualifications in mediæval history, musicology, art history and theology and is currently a doctoral student in the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is also studying for the Graduate Diploma in Humanities (Classical Languages—Latin) at the University of New England. His doctoral thesis examines the design process behind the construction of the façades of churches in Rome built between 1700 and 1732. John has taught subjects on the history of music in the Renaissance and Baroque period and harmony and counterpoint for the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.
He has given public lectures and talks for bodies including the Johnston Collection, and the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a frequent preconcert speaker for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is a cultural tour leader for Australians Studying Abroad, for whom he has led tours in Rome and Sicily. Active as a performing musician, John has appeared as a singer or viola da gambist in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival at Bermagui, and the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord/Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and with groups including e21 and Ensemble Gombert. John was Director of Music at St Peter's Anglican Church (Eastern Hill) from 2003 to 2008.Visit the College choir page for more information.
David Agg has been Chapel Organist since 1986. He is a science graduate of the University of Melbourne and also has diplomas in education, theology and organ. After a brief career in teaching, he travelled to Europe to further his musical studies with Peter Hurford in England and Karl Hochreither at the Berlin Church Music School. From 1988-2000 he was Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord. He has given numerous recitals in Australia and recorded for 3MBS-FM and the ABC as well as lecturing on various musical topics for the CAE. On several European tours he has performed in Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, France and England. He is also Director of Music at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell and a deputy organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Visit the College choir page for more information.
BSc (Hons) DipML (French) PhD(Science)
Heather has recently completed a PhD in mathematics, on the topic of directed walks on a square lattice, which can be physically related to single-strand polymers, or applied to a simple growth model. She also teaches various undergraduate subjects in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne.
Heather lives with her husband Andrew and two-year-old daughter Emma - who has until recently lived in college all her life and is quite accustomed to having dinner with 200 other people each night! The whole family enjoy participating in the community at Queen’s.
BD Id (Hons), MNSc (Melb)
Andrew initially completed a degree in industrial design, and worked for a few years before deciding on a complete change of career, to nursing. He trained as a division 2 nurse and has now completed a Master of Nursing Science at The University of Melbourne, which is an accelerated coursework degree.
In accordance with the prophecy, Jacob arrived on the 22nd day of the 6th month in the year of the Rat. Although destined to be the greatest mentor in the history of Queen’s College, he was born into humble beginnings on a farm in rural Minnesota; it was here that his training would begin. As he grew, Jacob became versed in all things academic, athletic, and artistic. Only through the breadth of a spectrum filled with study, soccer, and stage was he able to achieve the potential locked deep within him. He went on to study wizardry at the Carlson School of Management (and wizardry) at the University of Minnesota, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Business with distinguished honours. After a brief stint in Hollywood as a stuntman, it was time to realise his true calling. In September of 2006, Jacob left America on a one-way ticket to paradise. He now lives with his gorgeous wife Annabelle and daughter Evie.
Annabelle graduated at the end of 2008, majoring in Political Science and Chinese, and completed an Honours year in Chinese. She now works for the National Institute of Clinical Studies, and is hope to regain some Chinese speaking and writing skills over the coming year. Annabelle loves to read, and hopes to participate in as many organised runs as possible this year.