Phoenix College heads
Dr Matthew Butler
Dr Matthew Butler is a senior lecturer and researcher within the Caulfield School of Information Technology. He teaches programming, game development, and emergent game and multimedia technologies. He is also course leader for the Bachelor of Information Technology (Games Development) major and Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the Faculty of IT.
During his time teaching, Matt has received a number of teaching awards both within and outside Monash, including the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) and Monash Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2010.
Matt's research interests lay in two areas: educational technologies and information visualisation. Recent projects have examined the use of large-scale multi-touch surfaces in these contexts, with particular focus placed on the use of these technologies to address visualisation challenges in the domains of learning analytics and emergency management.
Outside of work, Matt has keen interests in sport, music, video games and cycling. On weekends you will typically find him supporting his beloved Melbourne Victory or Collingwood football club, catching as much live music as possible, playing Legend of Zelda and then backing it up with a Sunday morning bike ride on the bay.
Deputy College Head
Cameron Rose is a lecturer in Communication Design at MADA. Cam teaches digital imaging, video production, animation and interactive media. He specialises in digital media, documentary and performance. In 2013 he developed the On My Life website proposal which will record the stories of aged care residents. On My Life won the 2013 RMIT Design Research Institute Design Challenge. He has produced a number of documentaries in Papua New Guinea for Monash University Department of Social Work and Marie Stopes International. You can find more about his work at Cameron's personal website.
In the past he has acted, directed and DJ'd, and less excitingly has worked a variety of jobs including factory worker at a fish packing plant, tax officer, car park attendant, busboy, barman and waiter. Cam loves playing music with his band and playing tennis and ping pong with his mates. He is excited to join the Phoenix College team in 2014.
Deputy College Head
Dr Whitney Monaghan
Dr Whitney Monaghan is an assistant lecturer in Film and Screen Studies, which is part of the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She knows heaps about film and television and is particularly into queer and feminist cinema, youth culture, digital media and theories of time in film & TV. She also works as screen critic and co-edits an online magazine called Peephole Journal.
Whitney completed both undergraduate and postgraduate study at Monash and has been teaching in Film and Screen Studies since 2010. She currently teaches the large gateway unit ATS1305: Introduction to Film Studies. Having grown up in rural Victoria, Whitney has first-hand knowledge of the importance of social and cultural engagement at University. She is passionate about supporting student learning and was a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Dean's Sessional Commendation (2015) for her outstanding contributions to teaching. Be warned: Whitney loves to encourage deep thinking about popular culture. If you take her units, you will never again be able to watch movies without thinking about how they are constructed!
Whitney is a social media whiz and currently manages several accounts for the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She loves promoting the achievements of students and she's looking forward to tweeting about Phoenix!