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
Samantha is new to Aquila College and is happy with 'Sam' or she may think she's in trouble! Sam has been with the Education Faculty for almost 5 years where she now works as an Education Success Adviser, case-managing many students in the faculty who are based at Peninsula and is passionate about their wellbeing and mental health as well as their academic progression.
Sam grew up in regional Victoria and moved to Melbourne to attend university where she gained her teaching degree and is aware of the obstacles and struggles of students who live away from home. Away from work, Sam is married and has 3 girls (16, 13 and 10) who attend their local schools. Her family are sports mad, playing or training every day of the week for basketball, football, dance or netball (Sam coaches a local U17 A grade team) and she spends a LOT of her time in the car as their personal Uber driver!
Sam enjoys bingeing Netflix/SBS dramas, travel and reading, waterskiing and loves avocado & feta on toast or whipping up a good curry. She is an 'exuberant', lifelong Carlton supporter (enough said), will debate the pros/cons of social media endlessly, and is really excited about becoming involved in the Aquila College community.