Head of School
Dr Rebecca Scollen is Head of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. Rebecca has worked in the tertiary sector for 25 years, starting off as a Lecturer in Theatre, then moving into a fulltime research posting, then shifting into management roles. Rebecca’s research interests include: audience research and development; animals in performance; wildlife tourism and animal studies with particular focus on visitor experience and implications for nature conservation. She continues to supervise postgraduate students across a range of creative arts disciplines. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts. She was an elected member of the board of Wildlife Tourism Australia (2016–2018) and Flying Arts Alliance Inc (2016-2018). Rebecca enjoys bushwalking, gardening, live music, and hanging out with friends.
Senior Lecturer - Theatre
Darryl Chalk is Programs Director and a Senior Lecturer in Theatre in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. Since 2004, he has served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association. He has been teaching theatre making, history, theory, and practice for over 20 years and in 2009 was a co-recipient (with Janet McDonald) of a national citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Darryl’s primary research expertise is on the theatre and culture of early modern Europe with a particular focus on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has produced two books on this subject with international publishers: Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) with Mary Floyd-Wilson (UNC) and Rapt in Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares (Cambridge Scholars, 2010) with Laurie Johnson (USQ). His work has also featured in numerous international volumes and leading journals and he has regularly led seminars and presented papers at meetings of the Shakespeare Association of America and the World Shakespeare Congress.
Phone: +61 7 4631 1105
Location:A203 – Toowoomba Campus
Senior Lecturer - Film and Screen Production
Dr Daryl Sparkes is a Senior Lecturer on the Springfield Campus. He has been teaching at USQ for the past 15 years. Before that Daryl worked in News for Channel 10, as a Documentary film maker on the Channel 7 series “The World Around Us’ for 6 years, as a Children’s Television Producer for Network 7 in Sydney and has made numerous documentaries for Networks 9, 7, ABC, Foxtel and SBS. A number of his films have won international and national awards and have been screened at the Toronto Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. His research interests include: documentary making, scriptwriting, drama film production, medieval archaeology and Australian convict archaeology.
Phone:+61 7 3470 4657
Location:A425 - Springfield Campus
Senior Lecturer - Visual Art
Dr Kyle Jenkins is the Associate Head of Engagement (Outreach – Programs, Marketing and Schools), Coordinator of Visual Arts, Senior Lecturer in Painting and Art Theory, School of Creative Arts, USQ. He teaches painting across all Contemporary Art Studio and Project courses as well as lecturing in the various Creative Ideas courses in Visual Arts. He annually supervises Undergraduate, Honours, Masters, Doctorate and PhD candidates across an eclectic array of subject matter from traditional and contemporary ideas of portraiture and landscape to abstraction and the expansion of painting into wall painting, interior and exterior design, spatial installation, street art, and architecture as well as photography, participatory and performance art. He has a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). His practice is situated within aspects of conceptual and non-objective, geometric and monochromatic painting, collage, photography, objects, artist and book publications, wall paintings, music and sound projects and works on paper. He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1996 with over 360 solo and group exhibitions and his work is held in museum and private collections nationally and internationally and he is represented by MINUS SPACE, New York, Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba and BLOCK Projects, Melbourne.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1117
Location:A202 - Toowoomba Campus
Associate Professor - Theatre
Associate Professor Janet McDonald received her PhD from Arizona State University in 1999. She was a high school drama teacher from 1987-1995, and continues to work on theatre/drama projects with young people of all abilities. McDonald was Head of the School of Creative Arts (2008-2013) at USQ, and her work in enabling young people in the arts continued through her role as Chair of Youth Arts Queensland (2008-2012), the State’s former peak body for youth arts. She served as the USQ Representative on the Flying Arts Alliance Management Committee (2008-2012), President of the Arts Council Toowoomba (2016 – 2020) and continues to sit on the Friends of Cobb&Co Museum Group. McDonald regularly assists Arts Queensland in assessing a wide variety of grants for use in enhancing the arts and communities of regional Queenslanders. She is co-recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2009) and a member of the Board of Fellows of King’s College, St Lucia, Brisbane.
McDonald’s research areas in wellbeing, reflection and liminal arts practices in regional areas, feature prominently her co-edited book Creative Communities: Regional Inclusion in the Arts (Intellect, 2015), with Dr Robert Mason, Griffith University. Her investigations into theatre and arts pedagogy have also been internationally published by Palgrave Macmillan: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education (2017); The Palgrave Handbook of Artistic and Cultural Responses to War since 1914 (2019); and Traversing the Doctorate: Reflections and Strategies from Students, Supervisors and Administrators (2019).
Phone:+61 7 4631 1232
Associate Professor - Visual Art
Associate Professor Beata Batorowicz is the Associate Head (Research) in the School of Creative Arts and the Doctor of Creative Arts Program Director at the University of Southern Queensland. She is a contemporary artist specialising in sculpture and installation, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She has substantial cross-university practice-led research experience and industry partnership development in the arts. Engaging in both creative art and traditional forms of research, Batorowicz explores visual storytelling (mythology, fairytales and folklore) as a creative catalyst for cultural resiliency and wellbeing in light of a traumatic past. Her key exhibition projects include: Dark Rituals (2018-19) partnered with University of Sunshine Coast Gallery and University of Tasmania Gallery, Launceston, Antipods (2015), University of Saskatchewan Gallery, Canada, Tales within Historical Spaces (2012), QUT Art Museum. Batorowicz’s projects’ have secured key funding including Australia Council for the Arts (2018-19), Social Sciences and Humanities Research (2015) and Arts Queensland (2011). Batorowicz has published in Holocaust Studies (2018), Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2018) and Australian Art Education (2017) and is also a recipient of two USQ Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2016, 2018). Batorowicz is part of the executive leadership team for the Centre for Culture and Heritage at USQ.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1115
Location:A256 - Toowoomba Campus
Senior Lecturer - Music
Melissa is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is Associate Head (Learning and Teaching, Student Success) for USQ’s School of Creative Arts. As a music educator and through her PhD research, Melissa helped establish collaborative learning in music at USQ which values the learning and teaching contributions of both teachers and peers. She supervises PhD, DCA and Honours students on a broad range of topics related to singing and music pedagogy and practice. As a singing voice pedagogue, Melissa has been the recipient of fellowships and awards, including the Churchill Fellowship. This Fellowship enabled Melissa to travel to the USA in 2011 where she studied with leading contemporary singing pedagogues Jeanie LoVetri and Robert Edwin. Melissa has introduced many local and national singing teachers to the work of Jeanie LoVetri through hosting the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework ™ at USQ in 2017 and 2019. In 2012, she was also privileged to study with eminent voice scientist Professor Johan Sundberg at a short course held at his summer house in rural Sweden.
Melissa’s research explores how people experience singing, with a focus on singing and wellbeing. She has published research in international scholarly journals on elite jazz vocalists, community singers and singing group facilitators. She is proud to have been involved in the formation of Toowoomba’s first singing group for Parkinson’s disease, “Park ‘n Songs”, which is facilitated by graduates of the USQ music program. As a singer, Melissa began her career as a lead singer in numerous hard-working bands, gaining extensive experience within the corporate entertainment industry. Past performance highlights include appearances at the Queensland Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Women In Voice 21 and 23, featured vocalist with David Hobson and singing backing vocals for Michael Buble with a cappella super group Naturally 7. Melissa has performed nationally and internationally in Japan, Singapore and the USA. She has recorded two albums—No More Mondays, and The Intimacy of Distance (a collaboration with Brazilian singer and guitarist Bianca Obino). Her Spotify royalties from these releases fuel her much-cherished coffee habit!
Phone:+61 7 4631 1153
Location:A202 - Toowoomba Campus
Senior Lecturer - Television and Radio Broadcast
With several decades of experience working in the media industry, Dr Ashley Jones is the Discipline Head and Senior Lecturer in Television and Radio. Ashley has worked extensively in the television industry for both commercial television and pay television. He has been and remains a radio presenter, currently presenting a weekly show across inland and Western Queensland. He is a producer, director in television and a producer presenter for radio. He has worked as a highly sought after MC from the stage of the performing arts in Brisbane to a range of smaller events.
Ashley is passionate and enthusiastic about all things media, especially around the value of local media and the community it serves. This is his research focus that has taken him from presentations at major national conferences to a presenter at the BBC radio 50th anniversary in London. He has won several awards in the media industry, for his authentic teaching approach taking out the 2019 USQ Teaching Award and university medal.
He continues to build strong relationships with industry both in Australia and elsewhere in the world. This is all to give his students the best possible education and start in the industry that he loves.
phone:+61 7 3470 4642
office:B129 - Springfield Campus
Lecturer - Visual Art
David Akenson is a visual artist and researcher with an interest in aesthetics theory, cultural theory, visual culture and art practice. In particular, I’m engaged in both traditional and non-traditional research outcomes, focusing on the debates and art practices that negotiate the dialectics of modernist and contemporary art – aesthetics verses anti-aesthetic; art and life; form and concept; high and low or fine art and the art of the everyday. I have exhibited in numerous local, state, national and international exhibitions and published in the fields of art history, art criticism and theory.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1126
Location:A245 - Toowoomba Campus
Lecturer - Film and Screen Production
Dr Leonie Jones is a filmmaker and Lecturer in Film and Screen Production, School of Creative Arts, USQ. Leonie teaches in areas of cinematic language, scriptwriting and pre-production development and management across narrative, documentary, experimental and interactive film. Leonie annually supervises Undergraduate and Masters candidates ranging across factual to fictional storytelling. Leonie has a PhD from Griffith University (Griffith Film School). Leonie is an active writer and director of documentary and narrative films. She is an active oral historian. Leonie’s practice is situated in post-conflict storytelling. Some of her projects include feature documentaries: The Battle of Milne Bay ’42, The Battle of Fire Support Base Coral (Fox History Channel, winner best sound OZ Flicks 2018); Long Tan: The Soldier’s Story (SBS & History Channel). Feature and short films include: Panic, The Unquiet, Gone Fishing (final 10 long-listed shorts for the 2009 Academy Awards). Interactive Documentary 26 days: The Battle of Coral Balmoral.
Phone:+61 7 46311056
Location:Q154 - Toowoomba Campus
Lecturer - Music
Bruce Woodward is a guitarist based in Brisbane, Australia. A graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Bruce has worked as a jazz and contemporary guitarist, arranger and musical director in Australia and internationally. In addition to a maintaining a busy performance schedule, Bruce is a Lecturer in Music at The University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Phone:+61 7 3470 4033
Location:B126 - Springfield Campus
Associate Professor - Editing and Publishing
Dr. Dallas John Baker has published dozens of scholarly articles and creative works, including a fantasy fiction trilogy, The Faeden Chronicles, under the pen name D.J. McPhee. Dallas has also published a number of short scripts, notably three in TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, a peak journal in the Creative Writing discipline. His most recent play, Ghosts of Leigh,was staged at Toowoomba’s historic Empire Theatre in February 2018. His recent sole-authored books include Publishing Studies: Research, Pedagogy and Practice (2020) and Ghosts of Leigh & Other Plays (2018). Of this last book one reviewer wrote: ‘Ghosts of Leigh and Other Plays is a strong collection of scripts that can be enjoyed as lively and nuanced pieces of creative writing as well as theoretically rich research artefacts.’ (Stayci Taylor, TEXT, October 2019). Dallas’ study and research intersect with a number of disciplines: creative writing, publishing, media and cultural studies. His current research interests are memoir and memory, scriptwriting, publishing and ‘self-making’ in cultural practices such as creative writing, reading and popular music consumption.
Lecturer - Theatre
David Burton is a writer and community theatre scholar from Brisbane, Queensland. He won the Text Prize for Children and Young Adults’ Writing for his memoir How to be Happy, published in 2015. David is also known for his award-winning theatrical work, including April’s Fool, a verbatim play concerning illicit teenage drug use, published by Playlab Press. In 2016, his work St. Mary’s in Exile premiered as part of the 2016 Queensland Theatre and has written and directed Queensland Music Festival’s signature community works, including The Power Within (2017) and The Mount Isa Blast (2019). It is this work that is the subject of Burton’s doctoral research and thesis which will be completed in 2020. He currently lectures in writing and theatre-making at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.
Lecturer - Music
Helen is a bassist, vocalist, arranger, musical director and educator based in Brisbane. Her career has encompassed many styles of music performance – music theatre, country gospel, pop, classical – whilst always having jazz at its core. Before joining USQ in 2015 as contemporary music lecturer she taught sessionally for many years in the jazz programs at the Queensland Conservatorium, QUT and the Jazz Music Institute. Her Masters of Music Research centred on her method for teaching aural and theory skills via a cappella singing, reflecting her pedagogical interest in the interweaving of aural and literacy skills.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1055
Lecturer - Radio
Spencer Howson describes himself as a tirelessly curious storyteller.
Spencer has worked for the ABC, including 15 years as host of the top-rating ABC Brisbane Breakfast show. He has broadcast radio programs from all over Queensland – from Mt Isa to Birdsville, Thursday Island to Coolangatta – and beyond.
He covered the aftermath of Cyclone Winston in Fiji in 2016 and has reported live from three total solar eclipses, including 2003 in Antarctica. In 2005, he was named ABC Local Radio Broadcaster of the Year.
Since 2017, Spencer has held the position of Program Quality Advisor with ABC Regional and Local, which involves “spotting”, developing and coaching radio presenters and producers across Australia.
Spencer is a former Brisbane Times and BMag columnist. He is President of Reading Radio Queensland and co-host of Reading Radio’s local lifestyle program “Mister Brisbane”. Spencer is studying a Master of Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, researching attitudes towards women radio presenters in Australia.
He is a passionate advocate for diversity of voices in the Australian media.
Spencer currently works for 4BC Radio in Brisbane.
Phone:+61 7 3470 4555
Location:B128 - Springfield Campus
Lecturer - Music
Mark is an ARIA nominee and APRA award winning songwriter and recording artist. He was the first Australian artist to record for the legendary Verve record label, and his career to date has included collaborations with multiple Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma (Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Miles Davis), Grammy Life Time Achievement recipient and noted veteran engineer Al Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson), and multiple Grammy winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchel, Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman). Currently signed to EMI Music Publishing Australia, Mark’s music has appeared in numerous international film and television productions including Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Grim, and Packed to the Rafters
Phone:+61 7 4631 2351
Location:A243 - Toowoomba Campus
Associate Lecturer - Visual Art
MA (Fine Art) RMIT
Stephen has held 31 solo exhibitions.
Notable group exhibitions include – Une historie du livre d’artiste – International exhibition of Artists’ books, Université Rennes 2. France (2016), Between the Sheets. Artists’ books from Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, USA, Central Gallery, Perth. W.A. (2017), Sydney Contemporary. International Art Fair, Sydney (2019), Mini Print Internacional De Cadaques, Barcelona, Spain (2014), We are Australian -UNITED NATIONS 3rd World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa, 2001, the Twelfth Annual Miniature Book Exhibition, Koblenz, Germany, & University of Vermont, USA 2000,
Stephen’s work is in State Galleries and in many public collections including Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Stephen was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant of a Studio Residency in Barcelona for 2002.His most recent exhibition Journeys of a Curious Mind – the art and lives of Stephen Spurrier covers his practice over the last 50 years and was accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.
Two of his artist’s books, Art Procedures IIV and Brain Damage were recently acquired by the Tate Modern in London.
Stephen currently lectures in Visual Arts with an emphasis on Printmaking.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1118
Location:A241 - Toowoomba Campus
Lecturer - Visual Art
My complete focus, as the ceramics lecturer, is upon providing our visual arts students with the most comprehensive studio experience possible in their three years of undergraduate studies. In this time, they will engage with the materials and techniques within the studio environment, and in turn, make critical decisions about what career paths and employment options will emerge at the end of their respective degrees.
In the Ceramics Studio, our attention to the program is currently two-fold. Initially we work toward building a specific skill-set that will enable the students to create/establish their own career as a ceramicist. This initial pathway has a fine-arts focus, which is primarily concerned with developing the individual’s ability to develop a ‘brand’ or distinct style of finely crafted artefact. The priority here is to forge the necessary skills and industry-knowledge for making a living from functional/fine art ceramics.
The second concentration, and equally important focus, is upon the students’ academic development. This will provide them with the necessary skill-set for a career in a number of fields requiring academic qualifications, and encompassing the capacity for research and critical thinking. Some examples of these types of positions include opportunities in Mental Health Care, Industrial Ceramics Development, through to developing a career as a Practice-Led Researcher in the Contemporary Arts.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1031
Location:Q156 - Toowoomba Campus
Lecturer - Visual Art
Dr Rhi Johnson is a Lecturer in Visual Arts (Printmaking), and is the First Year Experience and Employability Lead for the School of Creative Arts at USQ. She teaches a range of practical techniques including linoprinting, screenprinting, etching, monoprinting and bookbinding. She has supervised students across a range of subject matter including contemporary printmaking, visual narratives, artist books, mixed media practice and art and design.
Rhi has studied at RMIT, and also has a PhD from the University of Southern Queensland. Her primary research interests relate to artist books, narrative theory, and contemporary printmaking. Her art practice is grounded in the investigation of everyday narratives, and how these can be disrupted or subverted visually. She examines visual cues that can punctuate an environment, object or space of perceived meaning, and in doing so, may allude to subconscious methods of processing information.
Rhi has been a practicing artist since 2007, and has exhibited nationally and internationally with works held in a range of public and private art collections. She is currently represented by Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1091
Location:A240 - Toowoomba Campus
Lecturer - Theatre
Marcus is an Australian actor, voice actor, director and vocal coach. As an actor, Marcus has worked with Opera Queensland, Queensland Music Festival, Big Scary Animal, Playlab Theatre, Room to Play Independent Theatre and Empire Theatres. Marcus has trained with legendary Hollywood acting coach Larry Moss, British theatre stalwart Mike Alfreds, and is the protege of Patsy Rodenburg OBE, world authority on actors’ vocal practices. In 2019, Marcus was accepted to train with Ms Rodenburg at the Patsy Rodenburg Centre for Voice and Speech, Michael Howard Studios, New York City, to become a Registered Rodenburg Master Teacher, and upon completion of his training will be one of fifty people who hold the qualification globally. Marcus is an Australian Council for the Arts funding recipient through the Career Development Grant to assist his training in New York. As a director, Marcus has worked on MOTH by Declan Greene, Buckets by Adam Barnard and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Marcus joined the team at the School of Creative Arts in 2017 and teaches across Voice and Acting in the undergraduate programs.
Senior Technical Officer
Mr Paul Holt is the Senior Technical Officer in film at the University of Southern Queensland’s Toowoomba campus. Paul has a broad and diverse skill set in technical knowledge related to the production and post-production industry. Paul also manages the Audio Visual center where students regularly engage in workshops to improve their technical knowledge.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1022
Location:Q150 - Toowoomba
School Support Officer
Rieka Hine is the Senior School Support Officer for the School of Creative Arts. Rieka has worked with the School since 2019. She is inspired by the student’s work in each discipline as they work their way through their degrees. Rieka is also a member of the USQ Ally Network. The USQ Ally Network aims to provide a safe-zone and visible support network for students and employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ).
Peta primarily assists in maintaining the Sculpture and Ceramic studios, while sharing specialities in ceramic slip casting, mould making and hand building. With a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Art) (Honours), Peta’s own practice focuses on the making and merging of installation based, sculptural and functional ceramics. Peta is passionate about collaborating and working alongside students to realise their creative goals, helping to overcome technical and conceptual roadblocks
Phone:+61 7 4631 2672
Location:A207 - Toowoomba Campus
Senior Technical Officer
Liam is a Theatre Technician with over seventeen years’ experience working in the professional Arts and Entertainment industries with a career focus on delivering and supporting education programs within the creative arts and education sectors.
Phone:+61 7 4631 1030
Location:A207 - Toowoomba
Lecturer - Film and Screen Production
James Miller is a lecturer on the Springfield Campus, he’s been teaching there and at other institutions for 12 years in a part time capacity. The rest of his time he devotes to film making, predominantly with a focus on post production but serving in a wide variety of roles. He’s made several thousand corporate promos, around 1200 TV commercials, dozens of short films, a handful of features and a bunch of internationally broadcast documentaries as well as deeply nerdy side projects involving Photogrammetry, motion capture and virtual production techniques. His client list is long and varied, counting among it the BBC, ABC, Foxtel, Channel 7, 9 and 10 and many many more. His hobbies and interests are pretty much the same as what he does for work, but also extends to confusing his two cats in increasingly convoluted ways. This year he’s teaching full time just to mess with his cat’s schedule.
Technical Coordinating Officer
Cassy Stephan is the Coordinator for the professional and technical staff within the School of Creative Arts. Cassy has worked in the creative arts discipline of USQ since January 2017. She is inspired by the daily creations of students and workshop participants. Her role includes the coordination of all events, productions, workshops and the overall coordination of the School’s activities across Springfield and Toowoomba campuses. Cassy is passionate about the arts and has spent many years working in arts administration including with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Lecturer – Editing and Publishing
Kate Cantrell is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher working at the intersection of creative writing, mobility studies, and social justice.
Kate’s research specialisation is contemporary accounts of wandering and narrative representations of illness, immobility, and displacement. She has published over 40 journal articles, conference papers, and essays, as well as industry articles in high-profile outlets such as The Conversation, The Sunday Mail, and Times Higher Education where she is a regular contributor. Her short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry appear in highly-esteemed magazines and journals such as Overland, Meanjin, and Westerly, among others.
The first Arts researcher in Queensland to be awarded a Smart Futures Fellowship ($23,000), Kate’s research on wandering has attracted external funding and often attracts media interest. She has produced commissioned output for community organisations such as Surf Life Saving Australia; government bodies such as Tourism Queensland; and NGOs such as UNANIMA International. She has also consulted on global campaigns at the United Nations, where she continues to build globally significant partnerships through her arts advocacy.
In 2019 and 2020, Kate was awarded consecutive teaching and learning citations for building reading resilience through trauma-informed pedagogy (2020) and supporting professional learning through student partnership (2019).