Aquila College heads
Mick is an education-focused Senior Lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and coordinates the first and last units of the Physiotherapy program.
Mick has a strong interest in student engagement and has received several awards in recognition of his high quality and innovative teaching including a Dean's Award for Excellence in Education and a Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He works closely with the Physio Student Society (MUPS) to produce the annual MUPPET Show charity fundraiser - an 'old school' variety night which showcases that extraordinary talents and enthusiasm of the Physio student cohort (with enthusiasm often winning out...).
A big admirer of his own work, Mick presented his wife with a (still unopened) Christmas gift containing his 'greatest lecture moments' and regularly enthrals his 2 children with the events of his day. Recently retired from the football field (again), Mick likes to think he can still hold his own on the basketball court and engages in regular hit-outs with his 1st year cohort - often ending in injury and tears (his).
Deputy College Head
James is a Registered Nurse and Academic with Monash Nursing and Midwifery, but more importantly he has just finished watching the latest season of Game of Thrones and is eagerly awaiting the release of the next series.
James has worked and studied at Monash for many years, mostly at the Peninsula Campus. He has completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and a Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education and hopes to commence a PhD this year.
During his time at Monash James has been involved in several student led projects, including a near peer-teaching project, which involved senior students helping teach first year students. He is also a member of the Ally Network, helping to make LGBTIQ staff and students feel safe and welcome on campus.
He is passionate about creating a positive student experience on-campus and hopes that the new Aquila College provides students with an opportunity to connect and make lifelong friendships. It is these friendships and support networks that enable students to succeed and achieve their goals.
Deputy College Head
Denise is a passionate digital media creator, dramatic storyteller, and Lecturer at Monash University within the Faculty of Education. She serves as a student adviser for the Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Honours courses and teaches across several campuses: Peninsula, City, Clayton, and Singapore. When she's not out joyfully jogging around her neighbourhood or enjoying an extra sweet skinny latte, she is nurturing her love for children's literature, coding, and digitally curating images and narratives that advocate inclusivity.
Denise finds great delight in supporting her local community. She has served as an early childhood inclusion specialist focused on critical digital literacies and culturally-sustaining partnerships within diverse communities in both the US and Australia. As a part of the Learning with New Media Group, she prioritises uses of technology that illuminate perspectives of those who may be socially marginalised.
Known as 'Happy Chappy', Denise is always up for having a chit chat or brainstorm about the student experience, the Melbourne weather, the nuances of parenthood, or the latest television mystery. She also enjoys giving "tours" of her eclectic office space filled with unusual children's literature, Star Wars and Minecraft knick-knacks, and funky lighting.