Board of Directors

Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Board of Directors

Professor Richard Nile (Chair)

Professor Nile joined JCU in late August 2016 as the Head of Humanities and Professor of Australian History. His former roles include:
*Professor and Director Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University
*Professor and Director Australia Research Institute Curtin University
*Director Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland
*Deputy Director Menzies Centre University of London
*University Fellow and Lecturer University of Western Australia

Professor Nile is one of Australia’s most experienced scholarly editors. He has mentored and produced the work of hundreds of Higher Degree Research Students here
and overseas.

Professor Sandra Harding (Deputy Chair), Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University

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Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.

Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two key areas: education policy and related areas; and; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development.

Professor Harding has undertaken a wide variety of external roles within the business community and the higher education sector, including Chair of the peak body representing all Australian universities, Universities Australia (2013-2015); Member, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board (2012-2015); and; Member, Northern Australia Advisory Group (advising Prime Minister Abbott, 2014-2015).

Current roles include: Project Convener, State of the Tropics project; Commissioner, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation; Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Board; Councillor, Queensland Futures Institute; Member, the Australia-China Council Board; Co-Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Director, Regional Australia Institute; Council Member, the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Dr Victoria Kuttainen (Executive Chair)

Victoria Kuttainen is the Colin & Margaret Roderick Scholar of Comparative Literature. She is engaged in a three-year collaborative research project with postdoctoral scholars Dr Susann Liebich and Dr Sarah Galletly: The Transported Imagination: Australasian-Pacific Travel & Mobility in Interwar Magazines. This research draws on her interests in late colonial modernity, travel across the Pacific, vernacular cosmopolitanism, periodical studies, and the middlebrow. Her previous research in the areas of postcolonialism, settler studies, and the short story as a native form of print culture in Australia, Canada, and the USA culminated in her first book Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

These areas of expertise inform Dr Kuttainen's teaching in BA1002 Networks, Narratives, and the Making of Place, EL2050 /3050 Postcolonial Narratives, and her new subject EL 2055/ 3055 Print, Culture and Society in Comparative Contexts. They have shaped her current research on Pacific mobility as crossings and intersections of "the space between" Australian, Canadian, and American cultures.  She is particularly interested in the lost record of the golden age of travel in the interwar period, and locates it in mid-range and popular magazine writing before cultural nationalism shaped the way canons were curated in these national literatures.

Victoria has published in the areas of magazine writing, comparative Australian-Canadian literature, postcolonialism, trauma theory, life writing, the short story, middlebrow print culture, travel writing, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Her scholarship of teaching and learning involves work on the first year experience, integrating and supporting classes of underprepared as well as accelerated students, community engagement, digital humanities, and social justice.

Mrs Patricia Brand (Hon. Treasurer)

Ms Tricia Brand is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources Division at James Cook University, the University’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the University Executive and the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

Tricia is a Director of a number of companies, including:

  • Director, Tropical Queensland Centre of Oral Health Pty Ltd
  • Director, CPB Pty Ltd ATF The CPB Trust
  • Director, James Cook Holdings Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Director, James Cook Australia Institute of Higher Learning Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Chair, Finance Committee – a sub-committee of James Cook Australian Institute of Higher Learning Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Director, Finance Committee, a sub-committee of the Townsville Health & Hospitals Board
  • Director, Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
  • Trustee, Roderick Trust

Tricia hasover 30 years' experience in the higher education sector, the majority of which has been operating at senior executive and management levels. She attained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994.  She holds postgraduate qualifications of CPA and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Tricia is an executive member of DVC Corporate Group for Universities Australia, the sector’s peak body and heads a Division that is responsible for the University’s Financial and Business Services, Quality, Planning and Analytics,Commercial Services, Estate, Human Resources, Information, Communication and Technology, the Discovery Rise Project, and JCU Halls of Residence.

Tricia is a champion of sustainability at JCU and is engaged in actively promoting environmental sustainability and involving staff and students in various programs and initiatives that support the University’s tropical sustainability agenda.

Mr. John Chandler (Secretary)

John is the Manager, External Relations in the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement at James Cook University. He has had over twenty years in the Higher Education (HE) sector having been a lecturer in Business, the coordinator of MBA programs at two universities, a consultant in the HE Sector and more recently the Director of Business Development for two faculties at JCU.  John’s academic background is in marketing and international business.

Ms Mary Gallagher, BA(Hons English) UQ, ATCL, LSDA, Grad. Dip. Lib and Information Science QUT, MBA JCU

Mary Gallagher has taught English and Australian Literature at the University of Queensland , the Townsville Teachers' College and James Cook University, developing a specialized knowledge of Australian literature. She was the Head Librarian at the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE from 1988 to 2007.

Ms Helene Kotzas-Lazaredes, BA(Hons), Grad BEd JCU

MsKotzas-Lazaredes is a Senior English teacher and Head of Curriculum (Teachingand Learning) at Kirwan State High School. She completed her BA (Hons) inLiterature and her Grad BEd at James Cook University.

Samantha Morgan


Samantha Morgan graduated from JCU in 2008, with Honours in English and the University Medal. Her Honours thesis won the PF Rowland Memorial Prize and was published in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. She has been a sessional lecturer and tutor in English at JCU since 2007. She is currently a PhD candidate at JCU; her thesis is concerned with an ecological theory of reading, and focuses on Australian novels.

Jilly Lippmann

Jilly Lippmann is a tutor in English Literature and a doctoral candidate at James Cook University. She also completed her English Honours degree at James Cook, receiving the PF Rowland Prize for her thesis, and was awarded the University Medal. Her PhD research focuses on the “Modern Girl” in late colonial modernity in mainstream print culture and Australian literature. Jilly has worked as a research assistant, and as a Learning Advisor and Course Facilitator for first year bridging courses into academic studies.

Professor Michael Ackland

Michael Ackland was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Monash University, Cologne University and the Australian National University, and taught for many years at Monash University.

He has also taught and lectured widely in Europe and North America. He is fluent in French and German.

His  recent temporary positions included Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New  Delhi, and at Tokyo University.

The author of numerous monographs, biographies and editions, his most recent book was The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail (Amherst: Cambria Press, 2012). He is currently researching Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage with an ARC Discovery Grant.