Get to know some of UQ's passionate and engaging teachers.
Published 7 Oct, 2020 · 8-minute read
All UQ teachers have a passion for their area of expertise and a drive to pass this onto their students. For our teachers, there's nothing more exciting than teaching students who want to dive into the unknown alongside them.
No matter the discipline or field of study, our passionate, engaging experts are ready to empower curious students with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to face a future of unknowns.
UQ’s teachers are true experts, with extensive industry and research experience. In many cases, they've ‘written the book’ on their subject. They're highly sought-after specialists who continue to provide knowledge leadership for a better world.
They're also future-focused, which means they're committed to ensuring students gain the insights, experience, and practical know-how to tackle any problem. Not just content to give students the skills to get their first job, our teachers prepare students for any path, any future, and any possibility.
Associate Professor Ron Johnstone: Environmental Science
Drawing from his extensive experience nurturing the coastal and marine ecosystems of more than 30 countries, Associate Professor Ron Johnstone knows that what his students learn will have an impact on the future of the planet.
One of the most important things that Dr Sara Herke hopes to teach her students is that mathematics is a fascinating field that can be applied to every single industry in today’s society.
Sara is passionate about empowering students to have the courage to ask questions and the confidence to make mistakes and learn from them. She believes that this curiosity is where the breakthroughs in mathematical research happen.
Associate Lecturer Debbie Jeffery brings a wealth of international industry experience to her classrooms, but it’s her unique approach to teaching that makes her classes so engaging, enjoyable and educational.
Debbie's interactive style and innovative use of technology prepare her students with both the hard and soft skills for the future workforce.
The term ‘zoonotic’ may not have been widely known before the COVID-19 crisis, but for UQ public health expert Simon Reid, discovering how diseases jump from animals to humans – and what to do to minimise the risk, has been the focus of his research for years.
As a teacher, seeing his students understand the complex relationship between place, person and situation is a satisfying milestone.
Professor Tracey Bunda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
As convener of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies major, Tracey Bunda helps students see how understanding Indigenous knowledges and cultures can complement their other studies, helping them become the thoughtful leaders of tomorrow.
Tracey finds joy in teaching because it’s not just a learning experience for her students but for her as well.
When many people think of design, they tend to focus on the end result – impeccably colour-coordinated rooms, shiny new products or detailed illustrations. But according to UQ Lecturer Dr Sean Peel, the most important aspect of design is the process of finding problems.
Sean has dedicated his career as a designer to this pursuit of finding the right problems to solve – the ones that will create meaningful change in the lives of others.