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Dr James Cooper

Senior Lecturer
and Graduate Studies
Coordinator (Humanities)

 Sarah Dingle


Senior Lecturer
in History

Rosanne Hawke


Senior Lecturer
in Creative Writing

 

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Ben Morton

MA Supervisor /
Adjunct Lecturer
in Creative Writing

 Virginia Lakeman


Senior Lecturer
in Music

Joh Wurst

Senior Lecturer
in English
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Aidan Coleman

Adjunt Lecturer

 

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Dr James Cooper

Dr James Cooper has been working at Tabor since 2008 and is currently Senior Lecturer and Graduate Studies Coordinator for the Department of Humanities. He has a PhD in Philosophy of Education, BEd (Hons), a Grad Cert in Arts (Creative Writing), and 13 years experience as an educator.

James was drawn to his role at Tabor from 'a sense of calling and a chance to contribute to a much needed quality Christian tertiary education in South Australia.'

Speaking of his work in Humanities, James says, 'I love to learn, and the way study continually affords new opportunities to enlarge my vision of my work and my own self-understanding. Helping students gain a similar appreciation for the life of the mind is a wonderful blessing and an exciting challenge.'

James is married with two sons aged 7 and 4. He has published numerous poems and short stories and is working on a number of novels for young adults. When not teaching or writing, he enjoys gardening and tinkering with his 1973 VW Kombi.

The links below will take you to published articles written by James Cooper.


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Sarah Dingle

With a PhD in history, along with a number of years' experience working in tertiary education, Sarah Dingle is the Senior Lecturer in History at Tabor.

Sarah joined Tabor in 2012, jumping at the opportunity to teach history within the framework of Christian revelation and theology. Sarah not only teaches history, but at one time also taught conversational English in Korea. She loves 'seeing the lights go on when a student is able to relate what they are hearing in class to their own faith, or the context of the world in which they live and how it has taken on its current shape.' Outside of work Sarah doesn't mind paying the gym an occasional visit.

Sarah is currently teaching a number of courses, including Australian history, A History of Asia: Classical to Contemporary, as well as Early and Modern European history courses. Her research interests include colonial and indigenous histories, the history of mission and evangelicalism, and European intellectual history.

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Rosanne Hawke

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Rosanne Hawke joined Tabor in 2006 with a PhD, BA Honours, Graduate Diploma in Information Studies, Graduate Diploma in TESOL and a Diploma in Teaching.

Her skills and knowledge from teaching young people to write inspired Rosanne to work at Tabor as she wanted to 'help others to write better and realise their goals of writing for a wider audience as she felt God wanted her to do this at Tabor'.

Rosanne Hawke who is encouraging, enthusiastic, yet passionate about writing for children stated, 'I feel passionate about helping others learn. I felt like this teaching reception children to read and I feel the same helping students realise they can write well'.

With the love of writing and almost twenty years experience in writing and publishing children's novels, Rosanne Hawke will have you reaching your learning goals.

The links below will take you to published articles written by Rosanne Hawke:

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Ben Morton

The MA supervisor/ Adjunct Lecturer in Creative Writing, Ben Morton commenced employment at Tabor in 2008. With a MA creative writing, BA Drama/Creative Writing, Cert IV in Multimedia Design, Cert IV Christian Studies and Advanced Certificate of Ministry he is highly creative, intelligent, articulated and opinionated.

With five years industry experience and as a former student of Tabor, he has a strong desire to be a part of providing a strong Christian spiritual community of learning to grow people into more rounded believers and skilled workers for God's Kingdom.

As an illustrator and writer, Ben indicated that he loves helping other people to understand things by illustration or explanation.

Currently studying Cert IV Small business and assorted humanities related units online – you are bound to enjoy Ben Morton's creative flair of teaching practices.

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Virginia Lakeman

Virginia Lakeman is the Senior Music Lecturer at Tabor. Holding the qualifications of M Mus (in composition) and a Dip Ed, she is currently studying her PhD, researching 'Ross Edwards: Australian Symphonist'.

With 32 years experience from teaching music in Secondary and Tertiary institutions she joined Tabor in 2008. Joining Tabor meant she could share her knowledge and experience with the next generation, while maintain contact with other teachers through websites and professional associations. Music study has so many interesting facets/topics/skills/knowledge and creative opportunities for those wishing to prepare for teaching and to engage in music making. This variety of challenges maintains Virginia's enthusiasm for teaching.

She has enjoyed musical performances of her compositions in the Adelaide Fringe, and been delighted when performances have been presented in other Australian cities and overseas by musical friends.

Outside of work she is invigorated by an hour or more in beautiful surroundings on the water in her kayak, or spending time with friends, family including grandchildren, and past students.

With her passion, musical talent and industry experience you will be inspired by Virginia Lakeman.

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Joh Wurst

Joh Wurst is the Senior Lecturer in English, Student Social Inclusion Officer and Student Advocate at Tabor. In 2008 Joh joined the Humanities team to teach English literature. Joh's previous work roles have included editing, subediting, research, lecturing and tutoring, chaplain, diversity and equity consultant (at the University of South Australia).

Joh is passionate about reading all types of texts—novels, plays, films, short stories, graphic novels—but she is especially passionate about poetry, including verse novels, and kinetic, concrete, song lyric, rap and graphic styles, and Shakespeare. People, who know her, comment on her 'interesting' sense of humour and jewellery. When asked what she's like, Joh said, "I love laughing. I love coffee and good cheese and good wine. I am eclectic: in clothes, food, music, reading, thinking, and people. I enjoy sharing ideas and strategies about texts, and I value collaborative learning and talking about the ideas that shape my life and my understandings about God." 

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Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman joined Tabor in 2014 as an adjunct lecturer.

He taught English and History in secondary schools for 12 years and received a National Excellence in Teaching Award. He has published a series of Shakespeare textbooks used in schools and colleges in Australia, New Zealand and the US. He currently works as a speechwriter and is completing a PhD at the University of Adelaide.

Aidan has published two books of poetry, which have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize, the WA Premier's Literary Awards, and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Aidan's poetry has been included in a number of anthologies, and he has been a guest at various literary festivals and universities in Australia and overseas.

The intersection between faith and the arts is a particular interest and in 2012 Aidan co-edited an anthology with Thom Sullivan in which South Australian poets responded to the stained glass windows in St Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Norwood.

Aidan has three children, aged four and below, who request poems (usually Hopkins, Frost or Belloc) before going to sleep. He's a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and Adelaide United and loves good writing about football.

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