The year in review
The year in review: 2017 highlights from the Head of Department
2017 has been a very successful year for Linguistics, reflecting the commitment of all members of the department and the support teams around it.
On the teaching front, some of the highlights for the year include:
- Dr Anita Szakay received an Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching awards.
- Linguistics received a number of formal and informal learning and teaching grants, allowing us to develop projects for the flipping of the Audiology curriculum, for the training of live subtitlers (respeakers), and for the creation of guidelines for inclusive design of web material.
- Linguistics had 10 promotion applications in the recent round, and received 10 successful promotions out of 24 in the full faculty.
- Speech Pathology was fully accredited for another five years by Speech Pathology Australia.
- Translation and Interpreting had all their programs endorsed by NAATI and will continue to renew the program to make sure that we remain the top Translation and Interpreting program in the country.
Our HDR successes puts us firmly at the top in the faculty. Three of our HDR students received research excellence awards at the full faculty meeting, and one of our students received the VC’s medal at the recent graduation ceremony. Dr Cassi Liardet launched the Linguistics Research Scholar Program in July, and early indications are that it is a great success.
In research we had a tremendously successful year.
- We were ranked at number 42 in the QC rankings by discipline.
- Linguistics were involved in four successful ARC Discovery Project Grants, three lead by Linguistics.
- Dr Haidee Kruger and Dr Jessica Monaghan were successful in the Macquarie University Research Development Grants.
- Dr Nick Wilson received a Macquarie University New Staff Grant.
- Emeritus Professor Pam Peters and her team (Dr Haidee Kruger, Dr Adam Smith, Dr Deanna Wong, and Dr Loy Lising) were successful in an Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme Grant (DAAD)
- Professor Ingrid Piller received a number of prestigious book prizes, her HDR students received a number of national awards and published books, she was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and received an ARC DP.
- Emeritus Professor Pam Peters was also instrumental in the launch of the MQ-Biotext collaborative Australian Style Hub.
- Dr Phil Chappell, Professor Phil Benson and Professor Lynda Yates received an IELTS grant.
- The Chitra Fernandez scholarship for 2018 was won by Dr Jae-Hyun Kim and Dr Jing Fang.
The Audiology and Hearing team had a particularly good year with a number of exciting developments on the horizon:
- Associate Professor Cath McMahon and Professor David McAlpine won a research contract with Southern Star Research/Decibel Therapeutics.
- Professor David McAlpine received the commitment of Cochlear to provide financial support his ongoing research activities in addition to his Laureate and ARC DP.
- Associate Professor Cath McMahon was invited as an expert to the World Health Organisation meeting on integrated care for older adults.
- The team is also establishing the Centre for the Implementation of Hearing Research with Associate Professor Cath McMahon as Director as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.
At the end of year function on 15 December, we said goodbye to three of our longest-serving members of staff. Sue Spinks, who has been a pillar in the department for many years will retire in February, Jean Brick already retired in July, but is still active in the department, and Dr Heather Jackson left Macquarie to work on a large project with Sydney Metro City.
At the year-end party: (front left to right) Dr Phil Chappell, Dr Maria Herke, Dr Heather Jackson, Sue Spinks, (back left to right) Dr Leidy Castro-Meneses, Associate Professor Ilija Casule.
Thank you to every academic and professional member of staff for all your hard work in 2017. May you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas break, and may 2018 bring everything you hope it will bring.
Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger (Head of Department)