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March 2020Classes are underway for the 202030 semester and we have hosted our first Research Colloquium of the year.
Research Colloquium Dates for 2020Dates for Colloquiums in 2020 are as follows:

3 April: Dr Louise Gosbell, Dr Damian Palmer. Dr Emmanuel Nathan and Prof Brian Brock. This colloquium will focus on theology and disability. In particular, the colloquium will respond to the work of Prof Brian Brock from Aberdeen University. For more information, visit
1 May: Brian Kolia, Charles Tupu, Maina Talia
5 June: Prof Sathianathan Clarke, Tim McLaughlin, John Brunton, Dr Ockert Meyer
7 August
4 September
2 October and
6 November

For further information on the colloquiums including titles, please visit this link:
Please remember that attendance at the Research Colloquiums is a compulsory component of a HDR students’ candidature and that every effort should be made to attend. Apologies should be sent to me at
Student and Supervisor NewsWe would like to acknowledge the successful completion of the following HDR students: Isileli (Jason) Kioa – Doctor of Ministry and our Principal Peter Walker – Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to both Jason and Peter!
2020 Mid-year Scholarship Round – OpenThe 2020 Higher Degree by Research mid-year scholarships round for candidates is now open and this is an invitation to submit an application, so read on and act now.
The round includes scholarship opportunities for both domestic and international applicants, and is open to candidates commencing in 2020 as well as those currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program.
These scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit; past research achievements and/or professional experience; alignment with Charles Sturt’s Research Narrative; and the quality of the research proposal.
Specific information on the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarships, including eligibility, award value, duration and a link to the online application form can be found here<>.
Applications for the international scholarships will close at 5pm (AEST), on Thursday, 16 April, 2020 and for domestic scholarships will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 1 May 2020.
If you have any queries about applying for scholarships please contact
2019 CRO OutputsThe Research Outputs Collection (ROC) is the annual reporting of both traditional and non-traditional research outputs generated by Charles Sturt staff and students, and is essential to inform our research planning and support mechanisms.

In mid-March, all relevant staff will receive an individual email from the Research Office containing a list of their 2019 outputs currently recorded in the Charles Sturt Research Output (CRO) database. This list will need to be checked and any missing outputs and Field of Research (FoR) codes entered.
Outputs must be entered by Friday the 27th March to allow sufficient time for processing and verification of eligibility.

If you need any assistance with the process of entering your research outputs please consult the CRO guide or contact your local Client Services Librarian.
Outputs-related enquiries can be directed to the Research Outputs Team.
Workshops from the Research Office
To register for any of these online workshops, please go to the Research Office website which can be found here:
 DateSession Details and Registration17th MarGetting started with EndNote
Are you starting your literature review, and want to organise your references? This session will cover setting up your EndNote Library, using EndNote with Word and other tips and tricks.  [Design & Discover]24th MarNVivo
As prerequisite to this session you need to access some pre-materials which will be emailed closer to the date. This workshop will then move you beyond basic coding with a range of queries to help identify patterns in data. Queries are powerful and assist the researcher to move beyond basic coding to use their classifications to produce visualisations. Reports are also covered. We work with a sample dataset, however you are encouraged to work with your own coded dataset if desired (literature or empirical data). It is OK if you don’t have coded data as the workshop gives insight into what is possible when you reach that stage. This workshop is limited to 15 participants.25th MarHuman Research Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit. These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.25th MarCreating Impact for Research through Social Media
Researchers are now able to create impact for their research through outreach and engagement and that is exactly what Media Engagement Services teaches in our seminar Creating Impact for Research Through Social Media.26th MarThe Grant Submission Process
Do you want more of an understanding of the grant application process or are you new to the submission process? This session is all about enabling you to better understand the processes and people within CSU who can support you in submitting an application to the Research Office for approval.31st MarLiterature review using EndNote & NVivo – An introduction
With your new skills with Nvivo, you can now learn how to use EndNote and Nvivo to manage and write your literature review.  You can import EndNote data into Nvivo and you can cite details from you Nvivo analysis.  [Design & Discover]31st MarSocial Media Networks for Researchers
Researchers shy away from social media because they see it as a distraction from their research work and because social media gurus suggest that hours per week are need to be devoted to each platform to make them effective. This is not so.1st AprR Tutorial Series 2 – Hypothesis test and simple regression/ANOVA models
Participants will be able to perform exploratory data analysis (EDA); a few often-used hypothesis tests; analyse simple linear regression and one-way analysis of variance; to know the model assessment function AIC.2nd AprMy Research Career, Module 2 – Developing research strategies
The aims of this module are to: * Aligning personal research goals with institutional and national research priorities  * Introduce a research strategy * Research project scoping and planning  *What key areas to strengthen to become a more effective researcher.2nd AprExploring Research Methods using Sage Research Methods Online
Are you starting your research, or do you want to know more about different research methods, then this is the session for you.  This session is also for you if you are a supervisor and would like to share videos or case studies with your students about different research methods. [Gather & Analyse]8th AprUsing EndNote for theses and other publications
This session will look at advanced EndNote features, which will be helpful when writing your thesis or for other professional writing. [Design and Discover]
Conferences or EventsWorship and the Megachurch: Australasia and Beyond Conference
Fri 18th – Sat 19th Sep, 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers
Over recent decades, megachurches have come to play an increasingly visible role in the contemporary devotional landscape. In Australasia (or Oceania/the Pacific), megachurches such as Hillsong, Planetshakers, C3, Citipointe, Influencers, METRO play an important role both in the national religious landscapes and beyond. The successful export of music and preaching style has increased the global influence of these congregations. Worship practices that originated in this region have been
adopted and adapted into a wide range of contexts around the world.

How can we understand the influence of these models, or in other words, what is distinctive about megachurch worship? What kinds of strategic or leadership decisions are necessary within multi-venue, multi-campus events? How do these churches respond to ethnic and generational diversity? How should we understand their place within (post)-colonial power structures, or when media representations of these
movements often focus upon prosperity theology or celebrity involvement?

The conference organisers invite papers which respond to these above questions or which consider other aspects of contemporary megachurch worship practices. The committee welcomes interdisciplinary perspectives, in addition to including, but not limited to, (ethno)musicological, theological, historical, anthropological, and sociological approaches. Worship ministry practitioners with music and worship leadership and/or practical ministry training experience in megachurches (worship pastors, creative
leaders, songwriters, music directors, etc.) are also invited to contribute.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words, outlining the purpose, methods, and implications of their presentation. Australasian scholars are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with experience of or data directly related to megachurches. Although open to a range of perspectives, it particularly welcomes those personally involved in a megachurch context or who have a long association with it.

Deadline for submissions: 31st March, 2020.
To submit please email:
For further information:
Positions Vacant(Associate) Professor New Testament – Full Time
Whitney College, Victoria

Whitley is seeking a person to fulfil the position of (Associate) Professor of New Testament. The (Associate) professor is to be responsible for conducting, coordinating and developing teaching and research in the area of New Testament studies at Whitley College.

The (Associate) Professor of New Testament is responsible for making original contributions to knowledge and practice through research, writing and teaching. It is expected the (Associate) Professor would develop the educational offerings in the area of New Testament studies, building links with other national and international partners in teaching and research.

Prospective and interested candidates may direct inquiries to the Principal of Whitley College, Rev Professor René Erwich (by email, by phone +61 447 571 964).

Interested candidates for the role are kindly requested to submit their application with full curriculum vitae, a cover letter and 3 letters of reference, included in the application, no later than April 15, 2020, to

Review of the applications will begin immediately after 15 April 2020. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position by 1 September 2020 or earlier by negotiation.Director of Academic Affairs & Administration – Full Time
Trinity Methodist Theological College, Meadowbank, Auckland.

Trinity Methodist Theological College (“Trinity College”) is an institution of the Methodist Church of New
Zealand (Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa). Its mission is to be a centre of theological teaching, research and training of transformative leaders for society and church.

Send enquiries to the Principal,
Application deadline: 30th April 2020.

Application must include the following documents: (i) Cover letter, (ii) up-to-date CV, and (iii) three letters of recommendation (one must be from your most recent workplace).

Shortlisted applicants will be notified within a week from the deadline, and interviews will be done on an agreed date and time. The successful applicant is expected to begin in July 1, 2020.