ECAN Executive Committee


ECAN Executive Committee

Faculty of Art and Design

Dr Scott East

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 Dr Scott East

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Valentina Baú

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 Dr Valentina Bau

Faculty of Built Environment

Dr Laura Crommelin (Chair)

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 Dr Laura Crommelin

Faculty of Engineering

Dr Vidhyasaharan Sethu

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 Dr Vidhyasaharan Sethu

Faculty of Law

Dr Lucas Lixinski

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 Dr Lucas Lixinski

Faculty of Medicine

Dr Jennie Cederholm

(On Mat Leave)

Faculty of Medicine

Dr Maria Agaliotis

 Maria Agaliotis

Faculty of Science

Dr Maria Markoulli

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Dr Maria Markoulli 

UNSW Business

Dr Pei-Cheng Yu

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 Dr Pei-Cheng Yu

UNSW Canberra

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Dr Scott East

Faculty of Art and Design

Biography:

I completed my PhD in 2013 investigating museums and climate change, and began an academic position at UNSW in 2014. My broad interest is in how cultural and educational institutions figure in broader social networks of rapid change. I am currently the Director, Student Experience in the Faculty, a role which involves student engagement and support and am currently a representative on the UNSW Academic Quality Committee, Art & Design Faculty Board (Academic rep. level A&B), Faculty Academic Committee & Faculty Academic Quality Committee.

What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

Having worked across a number of Universities in NSW in a range of professional and sessional academic positions I have a strong sense of the Higher Education sector and issues impacting Early Career Academics. I am passionate about the need for ECAs to actively contribute to the direction of their institutions while maintaining career momentum. I am happy to be contacted to discuss any issue affecting ECAs.

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Dr Valentina Baú

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

 Biography:

I work as a Lecturer and Researcher at UNSW School of the Arts & Media. Both as a practitioner – previously – and as an academic now, my work has focused on the use of the media & communication in international development. In 2015 I graduated from my PhD at Macquarie University, which looked at the role of participatory media in conflict transformation and reconciliation after civil violence. My research investigates the emerging area of Communication for Development in Peacebuilding. I explore and evaluate new communication for development approaches that employ different media and communication channels to contribute to social change and sustainable peace in the aftermath of conflict.

What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

I believe that the issues early career academics are facing are particularly related to mentoring support, access to funding to start off on their research path, and time management. Dealing with both research and teaching workload is a challenging task that requires prioritising and involves the effort to publish and build an academic CV at the same time. Networking and finding the right platforms to promote their research are also crucial for early career scholars and more opportunities should be provided to facilitate these processes.

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Dr Laura Crommelin

Faculty of Built Environment

Biography:

I am a Research Associate at the City Futures Research Centre, working on projects related to housing affordability and urban renewal. Also a sessional lecturer in urban planning in the Faculty of Built Environment, my research interests cover a range of current trends in post-industrial cities, including place branding, place-making and DIY urban revitalisation practices.

 

What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

I believe there is more to be done to ensure ECAs can have careers that are both rewarding and sustainable, particularly by facilitating access to effective wellbeing services, networking opportunities, information-sharing platforms and other resources that contribute to a connected and supportive workplace culture.

 

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Dr Vidhyasaharan Sethu

Faculty of Engineering

Biography:

I graduated with my PhD at UNSW in 2010 and am now a lecturer at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. Since 2010, I have been involved in both teaching and research both as a postdoc and currently as a lecturer. My research interest are in the application of machine learning in speech processing, specifically in biometric speaker verification, speech based emotion and mental state recognition and automatic language identification. I generally teach courses related to signal processing and electrical engineering design.

 

What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

I think ECAs are placed under significant pressure with little or no formal guidance or training on handling their duties and responsibilities. Consequently, their career development is very dependent on them having a good mentor which is not always possible. I want to do my best to ensure they receive the necessary support from UNSW to help them with their career development and achieve their goals.

 

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Dr Lucas Lixinski

Faculty of Law

Biography:

Dr Lucas Lixinski is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, researching and teaching in international law, particularly international cultural heritage law and international human rights law. He joined UNSW in 2010 from the University of Texas-Austin, where he was a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

 What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

Beyond job security in a fluid university environment, a major challenge is learning and relearning new forms of engagement and leadership, whether they are in reaching out to new audiences, trying something new in the classroom, or finding a way to leave your mark early on. We are caught in a difficult position of a market that seems to treasure innovation, but are at a stage in our careers where the failures that inevitably come from experimentation are unlikely to be rewarded. How can we be at the cutting edge when the stakes are so high, and playing it safe seems more likely to get us a job?

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Dr Maria Agaliotis

Faculty of Medicine

Biography:

Dr Maria Agaliotis completed a PhD in 2015 investigating worker productivity among older workers with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, and began an academic position at UNSW in 2016. A lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Management she has been in health research for over 15 years as a clinician, researcher and academic. Her broad interest is in examining wellbeing at work and worker productivity among UNSW staff and students and clinicians in hospital and community settings. 

What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

I am very passionate about supporting UNSW’s early to mid-researchers and establishing UNSW as a leader in research both on a national and international scale.  Furthermore, I feel there is a need to support and encourage ECRs to engage with other academics through networking and conference events, establishing ECR-targeted research groups (within and across schools), promote ECRs research to the UNSW and international community and coordinate academic and social events both in person and online. I have always encouraged fellow academics and students to purse their goals and built a healthy social environment especially in academic settings where it can feel isolated. I am happy to be contacted to discuss any issue affecting ECAs.

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Dr Maria Markoulli

(Chair)

Faculty of Science

Biography:

I was awarded with my PhD in 2012 and am now a Lecturer at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science. My research interests are in understanding how disease affects the integrity of the ocular surface as in the case of dry eye disease and diabetes. I also enjoy teaching and convening the undergraduate course Primary Care Optometry that teaches Optometric clinical techniques

 What do you think is a key issue affecting ECRs today?

I believe that one of the biggest issues confronting early career researchers is building a strong track record early on in order to secure a stable position and obtain Category A grants in an increasingly competitive environment. In order to support early career researchers in this endeavour, UNSW ECAN provides early career academics with the opportunity to learn from each other and from senior academics through a series of talks on leadership, outreach and engagement and academic freedom. This network gives early career academics a voice at UNSW and the opportunity to grow.

 

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Dr Pei-Cheng Yu

UNSW Business

Biography:

I am a lecturer at the School of Economics. I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2016. I am interested in the intersection between policy design and behavioral economics. More specifically, I apply tools from economic theory to the design of policy when people suffer from behavioral biases. For example,  I am currently working on the optimal design of retirement policies when people are time-inconsistent.

 

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UNSW Canberra

Please contact ecanexec@unsw.edu.au for more information.


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