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Digital Learning Design and Innovation Lead Position at Whitley

Whitley College is looking to fill the newly created position of ‘Digital Learning Design and Innovation Lead’. This is a part-time role (0.5 FTE).

The ideal person will be a creative, highly motivated, and skilled individual with experience and qualifications in the field of digital learning, preferably in the tertiary education sector.

They will be able to demonstrate strengths in the successful design and deployment of innovative solutions in digital learning. Our staff team of approximately twenty people works flexibly from our temporary campus in Box Hill with some working from home where appropriate.

This part-time role, is based onsite at the college’s temporary college location at St Paschal Precinct, 90 Albion Rd Box Hill. Flexible working arrangements may be applicable, where effective. Salary will be discussed with the shortlisted candidates.

The successful candidate will be required to commence immediately, subject to contract.

If you are interested, please download the full position description here.

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How to Apply

Please email your full CV with a Cover Letter to the Executive Assistant to the Principal, Carrie Chiu: cchiu@whitley.edu.au

Applications will only be considered if they are accompanied by a full CV, plus a cover letter outlining how your experience and qualifications align with the requirements for the role.

The deadline for applications will be at 5.00pm, Friday 7th June 2024.

Successful applicants should be prepared to be available for an interview in either of the weeks beginning Monday 10th June and Monday 17th June.

For more information please contact cchiu@whitley.edu.au

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About Whitley

Whitley is the Baptist College of Victoria and offers theological education, doctoral supervision, and ministerial formation to students in Victoria, Australia, and internationally.

Our vision looks beyond educational achievements fostered only in a classroom or a Zoom environment. We anticipate significant and ongoing improvements to our existing digital learning environment and online presence over the next three years.

Whitley aspires to be a learning organisation that will equip and resource its staff to be the best digital educators they can be, encouraging and supporting advanced digital literacy across our staff team and within our student community.

Celebrate the recently published works and research of our Whitley team, including academic monographs, book chapters, journal articles, PhDs and more!

Hosted by Whitley College and facilitated by Whitley’s Interim Director of Research, Rev Dr Titus Olorunnisola.

Hear from Whitley’s esteemed Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Rev Associate Professor Jason Goroncy. He will be interviewed about his recent publication, ‘T&T Clark Handbook of the Doctrine of Creation‘, of which he is editor.

‘This outstanding collection offers fresh insights into the diversity and richness and Christian understandings of creation. It is comprehensive and authoritative, while at the same time addressing the relevance of this traditional doctrine to a number of pressing contemporary issues. Highly recommended!’ – Peter Harrison, University of Queensland, Australia.

Jason will also speak about his book ‘Imagination in an Age of Crisis: Soundings from the Arts and Theology‘, which was short-listed as Christian Book of the Year in 2023.

We will also hear from a panel of speakers about the newly published book, ‘Reading the Bible in Australia’.

Two of the three co-authors, Dr Deborah R. Storie and Dr Barbara Deutschmann will share the intention of the book and the questions it raises in the context of how the Bible matters to Australia.

We will also hear from Whitley’s Professor in Hebrew Bible, Mark Brett about his contribution to the book.

‘Reading the Bible in Australia’ explores the intersections between vital debates about Australian identity (who we have been, are, and aspire to become) and the Bible, bringing a range of perspectives to critical themes–indigeneity, colonization, and migration; landscape, biodiversity, and climate; gender and marginality; economics, ideology, and rhetoric.

Whitley’s Interim Principal, Rev Associate Professor Darrell Jackson will talk about his recent book chapter titled, ‘Diaspora and the Redefinition of Christianity in Europe’ in  Entangling Web: The Fractious Story of Christianity in Europe.

Dr Tom Edwards who is the Councelling Program Director for the School of Professional Practice at the University of Divinity, will discuss an article that he co-authored titled, ‘Was Victoria’s Covid-19 lockdown strategy influenced by the personality trait of neuroticism amongst senior government decision-makers?: A text-based analysis of inaugural parliamentary speeches.

One of Whitley’s recent PhD graduates Rev. Dr Kevin Brown will talk about his project titled ‘Omri in Context: An Israelite King between History and Theology’.

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THURSDAY MAY 30 from 3:30PM – 5:30PM

ST PASCHAL PRECINCT – 90 ALBION RD BOX HILL

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There will be opportunities for Q&A and mingling with others over light refreshments.

This is an in-person event.

Please email event enquiries to Rev Dr Titus Olorunnisola at tolorunnisola@whitley.edu.au.

Don’t miss out.

REGISTER NOW HERE

The 2024 Origins of Dissent Study Tour is an exciting opportunity for students and Christians with a keen interest in discovering more about the story of dissenting origins in Europe.

About the Study Tour

A 15-day tour from November 3rd – November 17th, 2024.

The tour includes on-location visits to Italy, the Netherlands, and parts of the UK, and will offer opportunities for us to visit sites and representatives of historical churches with origins that stretch from the thirteenth through to the seventeenth centuries, including the Waldensian, anabaptist, Mennonite, and Baptist churches of Europe.

Amble through the forests of the Italian Alps to find secret, underground church meeting sites, recreate worship in historic Baptist meeting houses, handle historic records and documents from the earliest Baptist congregations, visit denominational museums, and learn more from European historians and current leaders from these long-surviving denominations.

You will be escorted by Whitley’s Lecturer in Baptist Identity, Rev Carolyn Francis and Interim Principal, Rev Associate Professor Darrell Jackson for the duration of the tour.

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY TOUR BROCHURE WITH ALL THE TRAVEL DETAILS HERE.

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Pricing

Twin Share: $7,890
Single Room: $9,165

The study tour is available as a unit in Christian History for both Undergraduate and Master’s Students (at levels 2,3 or 9). This means that FEE-HELP is available.

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Next Steps

To formally register your interest, download the booking form here. All instructions including where to send it are detailed in the form.

A deposit of $500 per person is due by Friday, 17th May 2024, with the balance due by late August 2024.

For all enquiries, please contact Rev Carolyn Francis.

“I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to travel with students and other interested travelers to parts of Europe and the UK in which people fought, often at great personal cost, for the right to worship according to their own convictions. From the Waldensian valleys to the laneways of Amsterdam and the separatist meeting houses of England, we will gain great insights into the story of religious dissent. This is a crucial part of the Christian story and a key to understanding the nature of contemporary Christianity.” – Rev Carolyn Francis.

Rev Associate Professor Robyn Whitaker will launch the book and facilitate a conversation about the questions it raises with Naomi Wolfe, Dr Jonathan Cornford, and Rev Dr Graham Cole. Deborah Storie, Barbara Deutschmann and Michelle Eastwood will respond. 

Thursday 2 May 2024 at 5:30 pm
Yuma Auditorium, Centre for Theology and Ministry 
29 College Crescent Parkville, 

‘Reading the Bible in Australia’ will be available for purchase at $32 (15% off RRP). 

RSVP on Friday 26 April for catering purposes or to receive the livestream link.

Register for this event here.

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About ‘Reading the Bible in Australia’.

Reading the Bible in Australia invites reflection about how the Bible matters to Australia. Does it still matter? How? Why? What role does the Bible, variously interpreted, play in debates about who Australians have been, are, and aspire to become? Fourteen contributors bring a range of perspectives to critical themes – indigeneity, colonization, and migration; politics and economics; landscape, biodiversity, and climate; gender and marginality. Each chapter explores the past and present influence of a biblical text or theme. Some offer fresh contextually and ethically informed readings. All interrogate the wider outcomes of reading the Bible in different ways. As Meredith Lake’s The Bible in Australia demonstrates, “a degree of biblical literacy – along with critical skill in evaluating how the bible has been taken up and interpreted in our history – can only help Australians grapple with the choices Australia faces.” Love it, hate it, or have mixed feelings about it, there is no getting around the reality that the Bible, and how it is read, still matter. 

“I am excited about this book. Why? As an Australian Christian who has read the Bible all his life, it never occurred to me to ask what it means to read it in Australia. I had read it devotionally. I have tried to read it internationally. I have read it as a church member. This book helps me to read it as an Australian in the light of our tragic history with Indigenous people and our response to this continent’s natural environment. 1 commend it.” 
– TIM COSTELLO, Executive Director, Micah Australia 

“What an exciting collection of ideas are gathered in this book! Here are readers of the Bible from Australia who pay close attention to their important (and fascinating) social, cultural, and geographic ‘contexts’—both past and present. Included here are Insights on Scripture from Indigenous scholars, critiques of politicized uses and abuses of the Bible, and frank confrontations with the challenges of history and contemporary issues.” 
– DANIEL L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER, Professor of Theological Studies, Lyola Marymount University 

“What does it mean to read the Bible on the Country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations? This question remains largely unanswered nearly 250 years after the colonization of Australia. In this significant new work, a diverse group of authors respond to this question in challenging, and innovative ways. This is a critically important contribution to Australian scholarship.”
– JOANNA CRUICKSHANK, Associate Professor in History, Deakin University. 

Deborah R. Storie lectures in New Testament with Whitley College/University of Divinity and is Senior Pastor with East Doncaster Baptist Church. 

Barbara Deutschmann is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Divinity. 

Michelle Eastwood is Director of Research at Australian Lutheran College. 

Cover image: “Healing Prayer” by Safina Stewart 

Preview Reading the Bible in Australia here

You are warmly invited to attend. 

On 7 March 2024, Whitley College hosted an ‘Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on Migration and Religion in Australia and the Pacific’. We now invite scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds to contribute to an edited collection that aims to explore the intricate intersection of migration and religion in the region, including the issues that arise from the dimensions of this complex relationship. Read more about the event, including a limited Zoom recording here.

Invitation for Contributions
We welcome submissions from scholars and practitioners working in the following disciplines:

Proposed Publisher
We have established a firm agreement with Springer Nature to publish the book. The publisher is keen to commence the peer review process shortly.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts of proposed papers (approximately 250 words) should be submitted by 20th May 2024. Notice of acceptance of abstracts by 15th June 2024. Full papers should adhere to the APA 7th referencing style and be submitted by 15th November 2024. All submissions should be sent to Dr Titus S. Olorunnisola at tolorunnisola@whitley.edu.au.

Enquiries
For enquiries and submissions please contact Dr Titus S. Olorunnisola, Interim Director of Research at Whitley College, University of Divinity at tolorunnisola@whitley.edu.au.

We look forward to your submissions.