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Prof. Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research, positions he has held since 1998. Professor Masters has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate; an investigation of options for the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education; a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances; reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory; and a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland. Most recently, Professor Masters worked with the Western Australian Department of Education to develop a Principal Performance Improvement Tool. He is currently undertaking a review of the K-12 school curriculum for the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.

Professor Masters' contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators' Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.

2019conf hodkinsonsProf.Stephen Hodkinson

Stephen Hodkinson is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham and founder of its Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies. He is author of multiple studies on Spartan history and society, especiallyProperty and Wealth in Classical Sparta(Classical Press of Wales 2000). As co-organiser of the International Sparta Seminar and Director of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council project "Sparta in Comparative Perspective: Ancient to Modern", he has also published several edited volumes includingSparta: Comparative Approaches(CPW 2009) andSparta in Modern Thought(CPW 2012). In 2010 he was awarded Honorary Citizenship of modern Sparta for his contributions to the global dissemination of Spartan and Lakonian history. Recently, he was historical adviser to Kieron Gillen's graphic novelThree(Image Comics 2013) set in fourth-century Sparta and he is actively engaged in challenging current political misappropriations of Sparta, especially by the Alt-Right.

2019conf fitzgeraldsheilaProf. Sheila Fitzpatrick

Sheila Fitzpatrick is Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney and Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago. She is the author of many books on Soviet history includingThe Russian Revolution, Tear off the Masks!, andEveryday Stalinism. Her most recent books areOn Stalin's Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics(2015) andMischka's War: a European Odyssey of the 1940s(2017). She writes regularly forThe London Review of Booksand is currently working on a project on Russian and Russian-Jewish migration to Australia from China after the Second World War.

 2019conf ryanlyndall2Prof. Lyndall Ryan

Lyndall Ryan (BA Dip Ed, Sydney; PhD, Macquarie) taught Australian history in three Australian universities for more than 30 years and is best known as a historian of the Australian colonial frontier. She began her career as research assistant to Professor Manning Clark in the preparation of volumes 2 and 3 of his monumental six volume series,A History of Australia, and gained important insights in the making of Australian colonial history. Her first book,The Aboriginal Tasmanians(1981), broke new ground in arguing that contrary to widespread belief, the Tasmanian Aboriginal people did not die out in 1876 or at any period in history. She explored the different ways in which they resisted the colonial invasion of their country and their campaigns for rights and recognition in the 20thcentury. Her most recent book on the history of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people (2012), focuses on settler policies to exterminate the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and the process of reconciliation in the 21stcentury. Lyndall has also published detailed studies of the Waterloo Creek and Myall Creek massacres in New South Wales in 1838 and studies of government policies and administration of Aboriginal people in Queensland.  

In the aftermath of the history wars and the debate about whether settler massacres were widespread on the colonial frontier, Lyndall made a careful study of the practice of massacre in other parts of the world and developed a typology of massacre for application to the study of massacre on the colonial frontier in Australia. In 2010 she tested the typology in the first comparative analysis of frontier massacres in Tasmania and Victoria and in 2014 she gained a major research grant from the Australian Research Council to prepare a digital map of massacre sites across the Australian frontier to 1960.

As a new way of making Australian history visible, the map relies on a concise definition of frontier massacre and a rigorous methodology to investigate and verify the evidence. Stage 2 of the map was released in July 2018 and Stage 3 will be launched later this year.

Lyndall's ground breaking research was recognised earlier this year with the award of AM in the Australian Honours List and her election as a Fellow in the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

2019conf durantimarcoDr Marco Duranti

Marco Duranti is a Senior Lecturer in late modern European history at the University of Sydney, specialising in the origins of international law and organisations. He has published widely on the history of human rights, European integration, and conservatism. His research, teaching, and public engagement aim to show how the past illuminates our present, including the current crises now besetting Britain and continental Europe. Dr Duranti is a graduate of Harvard University and gained his PhD in history from Yale University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute in Florence, a Fox Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Research Group on History and Memory at the University of Konstanz. In 2017, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Duranti recently authoredThe Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics and the Origins of the European Convention(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). An extended overview of the book can be found onImmanent Frame.

Dr Duranti is currently working on two major research projects. The first is study of the origins of Euroscepticism in Britain, France and Italy. The second project is a teaching and research initiative called 'Human Rights History in the Digital Age'. In collaboration with ProQuest, he is leading a team of data scientists and eLearning specialists in constructing a web interface that uses Text and Data Mining (TDM) to study the global history of human rights.

17conf estellelazerDr Estelle Lazer


Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation for her research on Pompeii's skeletal remains. Estelle lectures at both the University of Sydney and the University of NSW and is a very popular presenter with both students and teachers. She has led numerous study tours to southern Italy for Academy Travel. The lego image of Estelle comes from the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum 'Lego Pompeii' Display.


Dr Craig Barker

Craig Barker is a Classical archaeologist and educator.He is Manager of Education & Public Programs for Sydney University Museums. As an archaeologist he has worked on projects in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Australia and is the Director of the University of Sydney's Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project in Cyprus.

Catherine Bavell

Catherine Bavell is an experienced History Extension and Modern History teacher at Sydney Girls High School. She is on the Board of Directors of HTANSW and is Editor-in-Chief of HTA's journalTeaching History. Catherine has delivered lectures to HSC students and has presented at various Professional Development Courses on aspects of History Extension, Modern History and History, Stages 4 and 5.

Nathan Bessant

Nathan Bessant is a passionate history teacher and the Head of Department for the Humanities at Northern Beaches Christian School. He currently teaches HSC Ancient, Modern and Extension History as well as Economics. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Economics with a minor in History and a Masters of Arts in History, including significant study of international security.

Margret Campbell

Djunghutti and Djerrinjha Elder, Margret Campbell JP is an experienced Aboriginal Teacher and Holder of Dreamtime Cultural Knowledge.Her background includes curriculum development with AECG and teaching at NSW TAFE and Sydney College of Advanced Education, Sydney University. Margret started her Cultural Education business (Dreamtime Southern X) in 1993.

Dr Stephen Clarke

Steve Clarke has been a teacher of Ancient and Modern History for almost 20 years. He is currently Head of HSIE at Frensham. His PhD was entitled 'An historical commentary of Demosthenes 8,' to be published as Volume 7 of the Greek Orators series of Liverpool University Press in 2020.

Rikki Commens

Rikki Commens has taught at Southern Cross School of Distance Education since 2011. Since 2018 she has been a member of the Learning Innovation Team at Southern Cross SODE, producing numerous virtual excursions and digital resources to deliver to distance education students across Northern NSW. She has presented at numerous industry events including the distance education symposiums and the International E-Learning conference, sharing her knowledge with colleagues in using innovative digital technologies to engage students.

Melissa Ellis

Melissa Ellis is a History and Geography teacher teaching at Southern Cross School of Distance Education since 2015. As a member of the Learning Innovation Team at Southern Cross SODE since 2015 she created the virtual excursion concept for distance education, starting with Lake Mungo. Melissa has a passion for developing cross curriculum resources that engage and connect students to real world experiences and has presented at multiple GTA conferences, distance education symposium and the International E-Learning conference.

Ian Finn

Ian Finn is the current Head of History and Legal Studies at the King's School. He has had an interest in Ancient Chinese history since the beginning of his teaching career. It is particularly exciting therefore to be able to engage this interest in the Year 12 Ancient History course.

Graham Flanagan

Graham has over 20 years experience across primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in the UK, NZ and Australia. He has worked with hundreds of schools across Australia and New Zealand over the last 10 years to help teachers and school leaders make the most from education technologies and achieve great outcomes. He leads the business development team, introducing teachers and school leaders to Education Perfect and ensuring they maximise value from the resource.

Duane Galle

Duane has taught Junior History and Stage 6 Modern History for over 15 years. In 2013 Duane received a full scholarship to Israel as a part of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators, and in 2018 attended the 10thInternational Conference on Holocaust Education at Yad Vahem. He has developed units of work, and led professional development sessions, aimed at promoting and enhancing the meaningful teaching of the Holocaust. Duane has also been an HSC Modern History marker and is a regular contributor to the professional development of History teachers in the Far North Coast region of NSW.

Chivonne Gofers

Chivonne Gofers is the HT Wellbeing at Gulgong High School and has previously worked as a HT HSIE and History teacher in schools in the Western Region. She has taught Modern and Extension History and works to combine her teaching of history with her expertise in catering for the learning needs of all students in order to develop historical understanding across all stages.

Dr James Goulding

James Goulding has a strong research interest in the social practices surrounding technology use in educational settings. Having begun his career as a secondary History Teacher, James is now teaching History Curriculum and Educational Psychology at the University of Sydney. James' current research involves examining how individuals evaluate the credibility of historical websites, and how the different features of the online medium reshape their Historical Thinking. Most recently, James presented a session at the highly successful April 2019 HTANSW Teaching History Symposium.

Bernie Howitt

Bernie Howitt has had a strong standing passion for the teaching of civil rights, brought sharply into focus by a trip to Moree in 1965 where he was confronted with signs barring Aboriginal Australians from the town swimming pool. He has taught at secondary and tertiary level since 1976 in Australia and England, and presented in the US. He is a past president of HTANSW.

Jenn Howse

Jenn Howse has been a History teacher for almost 20 years, with experience teaching history in Stages 4 - 5 as well as teaching Modern, Ancient and History Extension in Stage 6. Her current role involves working on developing school wide pedagogy, focussing especially on the use of Formative Assessment.

Dr Sam Jackson

Sam is currently Head of History at Arndell Anglican College and has been teaching Ancient History since 2006. Sam's PhD was in ancient Near Eastern history and he has published and presented on Ancient Egypt, including an article on the historiography regarding Akhenaten and the Amarna period.

Behazin Jafari

Behazin has been a high school history teacher for twelve years and his special area of historical research is Iran in the year 1946. He is currently undertaking a PhD on this area of study. He has a wide variety of resources available to any teacher that would be interested in teaching Iran 1946 - 1989 for the Modern History course.

Sally Johnstone

Sally Johnstone is a Leader of Learning at St Clare's Catholic High School and has taught senior history for the last eight years. Prior to 2019, Sally was a member of the Literacy Team at Loyola Senior High School. In 2018, this team was awarded the ACEL NSW Leadership Award.

Sasha Joura

Sasha has been teaching at Vincentia High School for the last 8 years and has recently been awarded the 2019 NSW Premier's HTA scholarship. In May she travelled overseas on her study tour to focus on maritime archaeology topics that could relate to both the junior and senior history syllabus.

Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly (BA, Grad Dip. Ed, MEd Leadership) is a teacher mentor based at St. Mary's Star of the Sea College in Wollongong. He has 15 years of experience in the classroom and in curriculum leadership. Brad has written six modern history textbooks with Cengage Nelson and HTA, and he is a tour leader with Academy Travel. Brad is the founder of Cornerstone Teacher Learning.

Dr Paul Kiem

Paul Kiem is Professional Officer for HTANSW. He is a former history teacher, is the author of a number of texts and presents regularly to teacher and student groups. Most recently, he published '"The value of direct teaching and historical knowledge" in Historical Thinking for History Teachers(Allender, Clark & Parkes eds., 2019) and convened the April HTANSW Teaching History Symposium at the State Library of NSW. Paul is a Research Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Daryl Le Cornu

Daryl Le Cornu has many years of experience teaching Modern History in high schools. He has a passion for teaching about human rights, the United Nations, the Cold War, US Presidents, and the history of the nuclear disarmament movement. Daryl has been a history curriculum lecturer at the ACU for the past five years, and is a member of the Board of ICAN Australia.

Patricia Lemos

Patricia Lemos is an experienced Modern and Ancient History teacher and member of the Learning Innovation Team from Southern Cross School of Distance Education. Before becoming a teacher Patricia worked in Museum Education and is a qualified archaeologist having worked on numerous excavations including 'The Big Dig' in the Rocks, Sydney. Patricia is an active and well respected member of NSW HTA, having written articles for theTeaching Historyjournal and presenting at HTA regional conferences.

Dr Robert Loeffel

Robert Loeffel has taught at Sydney Grammar School for 15 years. In that time he has taught a range of senior classes and mostly recently been the Form VI Modern History coordinator. He has published several books and articles; including a textbook for the updated 'Conflict in Europe' HSC course.

Cassandra Lum

Cassandra Lum has worked in both the Public and Independent school systems. She is currently a History and English teacher at The King's School. She has written publications for the HTA Journal,Teaching History, including "Mapping the Cold War" (2017) and "Spy Game: Gamification of the Cold War" (2018).

Dr Metin Mustafa

Metin Mustafa had been a secondary History/English teacher for the past 26 years in the Catholic and Independent Schools sector. In 2018 he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame Australia specialising in Ottoman Renaissance history. Metin also taught History and Religion units at University of Notre Dame Australia and Charles Sturt University and Teaching History Methodology at the Australian Catholic University.

Daniel Nilsson

Daniel is the Assistant Head of History at The King's School, North Parramatta. He has a Master's Degree in History from the University of New England specialising in the Late Roman Republic. He has also been a marker for HSC Ancient History since 2012. He is passionate about student engagement and fostering a love for History.

Greg Raffin

During a lengthy career as a Head Teacher Greg Raffin was awarded a Premier's Military History scholarship, worked as a HSC marker in three subjects and also on the SC History examination committee. Since retirement he has published two books which detail little-known events from the First World War.             
Melissa Riley Melissa Riley is Leader of Learning in History at OLMC Parramatta, pre-service teacher educator and PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. An experienced teacher of both Ancient and Modern History, in recent years Melissa has developed a particular interest in areas of History that challenge the oppressive and racist narratives of the past, both in an Australian and international context. Her PhD investigates teacher professional learning in History, and the ways in which teachers can most effectively plan for professional growth and achieve improved student outcomes.

Charles Rushworth

Charles Rushworth is a History teacher from Liverpool Boys High School whose interest is in teaching History using and interdisciplinary approach. He has been teaching Big History as a stage 5 Elective History course since 2011 and is a Teacher Leader with the Big History Project.

Emily Shanahan

Emily has 15 years' teaching experience. She is a perpetual student, receiving several academic awards for her Master of Educational Leadership. Emily ventures overseas at every opportunity, walking in the footsteps of historical figures. Recent highlights include her 2017 Gandel Scholarship to Israel, and a 2018 study tour of Finland. Most recently, she presented a very well received session at HTA's 2019 Teaching History Symposium.

Pauline Stanton

Pauline is a qualified Ancient History teacher whose specialty is Ancient Egypt (New Kingdom, Hatshepsut). She is a tutor for MALS Intermediate Hieroglyphs (Macquarie Ancient Languages School). She is also an Education Officer at the Museum of Ancient Cultures (Macquarie University), and currently a PhD student researching the reign of Hatshepsut.

Rebecca Stephens

Teaching history opens up wonderful narratives of the past to students, along with the ability to build critical thinking and communication skills. Over the last few years I have been using flipped classrooms to create a more differentiated learning experience, provide more effective support and time to engage in a variety of creative learning experiences.  

Michael Street

Michael Streetis the Head of HSIE at Green Point Christian College and has been teaching for 7 years. He is a recipient of the 2019 NSW Premier's History Teachers Association History Scholarship where he explored the historiography of witch-hunts and witch trials in the USA and Europe.

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson has been a History teacher at Canberra Grammar since 2014. He has marked HSC Ancient History. He has a passion for teaching about the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, and is always exploring new ways to engage students and expose them to up-to-date research.

Christopher Tidyman

Chris Tidyman is History Coordinator at Loreto Kirribilli, a K-12 Catholic Girls School in Sydney. He teaches Modern History and History Extension, with a particular focus on Southeast and South Asian history, culture and politics. Favourite pastimes include travel, music, film and reading. Chris lives in inner-west Newtown with his wife, three children and their dog Chloe.

David Vassallo

David is an energetic teacher of History. He has been teaching for over 19 years and is well versed in all stages of History, including HSC Modern History and History Extension. David's real passion is engaging new students of History and inspiring them with a love of learning about the past.

Assoc. Prof. Kathryn Welch

Kathryn Welch, Associate Professor University of Sydney, plays in Pompeii whenever possible, but mainly works on the first century BCE with special reference to the civil war period (49-27 BCE) and the political and social transformation that occurred in its wake. She is definitely not a Caesarian or a military historian, but remains totally fascinated by the role that Caesar plays in the historical imagination of the Romans themselves and those who took them for role models.

Joshua Wiggins

Joshua is teacher who is passionate about junior history and using innovative and engaging pedagogy to extend students and challenge students to think differently. He has been teaching at his current school for several years teaching junior, senior, elective and extension History to both community and selective students.





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