First STEP Academic Mentor Preference

First STEP Academic Mentor Preference

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Please review the academic profiles below and select 3 preferences from any of the 7 Departments within Macquarie Business School.

Please keep in mind that you cannot select an academic who will be either your lecturer and/or your tutor for your classes in the upcoming Session. You will probably not know who your lecturer/tutor is until after classes start. If you do select someone who you later find to be your lecturer and/or tutor, please email the First STEP team.

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Academics involved in the First STEP Mentoring Program

Accounting and Corporate Governance

Rahat Munir

What are your career highlights?

Professor in Accounting and Head of Department.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG3015 - Accountants in the Profession.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

To connect with students and guide them through in their academic journey at Macquarie.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Work within the profession, accounting bodies and industry, in various capacities.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Passionate, broad-minded, committed, conscientious and dynamic.

Dominic Soh

What are your career highlights?

Working in a range of accounting practice including in management accounting and auditing and a technical research role for a professional body prior to working as a full-time academic involved in research and teaching for the last 9 years at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University - Completing my PhD on the use of assurance and consulting services on non-financial issues within organisations - Receiving teaching awards, including the Dean's Award for Curriculum Innovation in 2017 - Receiving various research grants, most recently a grant from CPA Australia in 2017 to investigate the use of data analytics in auditing practice in partnership with Rutgers University - Co-authoring an auditing textbook widely used across undergraduate and postgraduate auditing courses in Australian universities. - Serving as a Member of the Education Committee for the Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia and as the Chair of it's Academic Standards and Quality Sub-committee.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG3040 Auditing and Assurance Services.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I'm a strong believer in the value of mentoring, having been fortunate to have mentors and mentees who have had (and continue to have) a profound impact on my career and life in general. My mentors have been particularly helpful in providing sage advice, and I get great satisfaction in being able to play a similar role for others.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Family time, home improvement, food and travel.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Patient, analytical, meticulous.

Rajni Mala

What are your career highlights?

Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Program Director.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG2024 - Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

This kind of association with the students helps me to understand students better, that is, as an academic I get to understand beyond their academic abilities.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I like to take part in religious activities. I also take lots of interest in gardening.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Committed, caring, focused.

Kym Butcher

What are your career highlights?

  • PhD (Accounting) 2007
  • Research publications (5) in quality journals (A & B)
  • Research awards in 2003 (Best conference paper) and 2012 (Emerald Outstanding Achievement)
  • HDR completions in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017
  • Restructure of ACCG611 in Session 1, 2017
  • Academic Mentor for both sessions in 2014 and 2015

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG6011 - Principles of Accounting.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Commencing uni is difficult because of the learning structure, workload, having to make new friends and for some, getting used to living away from home for the first time. All of these issues are overwhelming and often result in feeling very alone. I found getting used to uni challenging and often felt like quitting and going home to my parents in Lithgow (in the Blue Mountains).

However, I initially lived at Dunmore Lang College and found that many residents were feeling the same way. Developing friends help me settle in to uni life and attending the consultation hours of my teachers helped me keep up to speed with my study commitments.

I therefore want to be an Academic Mentor to help others settle in to Uni life and be available to talk and support when needed.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Psychology and Counselling including 5.5 years as a volunteer Telephone Crisis Support Counsellor at both Salvo Care Line (2012-2015) and Lifeline Sydney Sutherland (2015-present)
  • Sport particularly the National Rugby League and Swimming
  • Having 'girls nights' with my best friend
  • Watching TV series including NCIS, Criminal Minds, Greys Anatomy, Special Victims Unit, Major Crimes and Bull

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Patient
  • Compassionate
  • Resilient

Vicki Baard

What are your career highlights?

1. Receiving industry recognition for excellence in my field after graduating as the top student in my MBA whilst working as the Chief Financial Officer in the service industry. 2. Utilizing my achievements in (1) to support the equity of women in the workplace through executive education. 3. Being the first woman to be appointed as Chief Financial Officer in an organisation within Information Technology Services organisation. 4. Achieving my PhD in under three (3) years. 5. Being awarded a contract to write a book for Routledge in New York on Interventionist Research as a recognized leader in my field.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG8028 - Management Control Systems.

ACCG8025 - Management Accounting: Strategy and Control.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I believe that Mentoring is a gift that is shared. It is a relationship that enables purposeful conversation. The conversation assists the mentee to reflect on their own experience, make informed decisions and act upon the ideas that are generated. I want to be an Academic mentor in First Step to support people starting in their careers in achieving personal growth from the experience. Part of this personal growth is to empower people through enabling them to set and achieve goals, make decisions, solve problems, develop self-confidence, a sense of purpose and the ability responsibly drive their own futures. I believe that this is valuable to their
current circumstances and their own adventures in their future careers and lives.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Camping, kayaking, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Confident, persistent and resilient.

Verity Greenwood

Verity GreenwoodWhat are your career highlights?

1. Creating a BUSL250 Student at Risk program (StAR) which saw student failure rates drop by over a third and being awarded a Dean's Award for Student Experience for the program.

2. Conceiving and delivering a Financial Crime and Governance specialisation, including new units.

3. Being a First Step mentor is definitely at the top of my career highlights list.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG877 - Emerging Issues in Financial Crime.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Since its inception in 2012, I have been First Step Mentor in the FBE First Step Mentoring Program. I want to be an Academic mentor in First STEP because, from my own experience, I know the benefits and difference a mentor can bring to the university experience. I enjoy mentoring students on choice of units and programs and I maintain an ‘open door’ policy for my students, whether they are current or have moved to other programs. My mentoring encompasses providing advice to students, providing direction to appropriate campus bodies when seeking help, reviewing CV’s and writing academic/employment references to enhance employability. My mentoring role often continues, with many alma mater mentees now overseas and in careers.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Travel
  • Director, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Asia-Pacific representative, Advisor, Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Gardens and landscaping
  • My children (most important of course)
  • Previous interests included surfing and whitewater rafting.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Loyal
  • Empathetic

Peipei Pan

Peipei2What are your career highlights?

My research program adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the influence of contextual factors on professional accountants' and auditors' judgments and decision making (JDM). My research has implications for the globalized business world, various standard setters and regulators, researchers and accounting and auditing professions.

My PhD was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence. My research has been published in the A* and A ranked journals in the field.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

I have taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including financial accounting, international accounting and accounting information system. I currently teach ACCG1001 Accounting and Governance.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I strive to help students from diverse cultural backgrounds in attaining their study and career goals. I enjoy talking to students and getting to know them. I feel a great deal of happiness in working with students on their challenges.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Ballet, painting, photography and travelling.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Artistic, insightful, patient.

Charlene Chen

Charlene ChenWhat are your career highlights?

Obtain a graduate position from one of the largest corporations in Australia. Work as a business analyst in the corporate world. Become an academic at Macquarie.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG3050 Financial Statement Analysis, an undergraduate unit teaches how to invest in share markets. ACCG923 Accounting Standards and Practice, a postgraduate unit teaches how to prepare financial reports for large corporations in compliance with accounting standards.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Get to know our students better. Understand their needs and help them to prepare their career advancement.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Traveling around the world to open my eyes and meet people from other cultures. Enjoying good food, friends and family.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Funny, friendly and supportive

Jessica Chen

What are your career highlights?

I have worked with the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance since 2007. - I have taught all the core financial accounting units in the undergraduate accounting program.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

I am currently teaching ACCG3008.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I have taught students of all levels (first year, second year and final year) and would like to help first-year students plan their study.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Spending time with my children, travelling, and playing table tennis and badminton.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Friendly, approachable, hard-working.

Economics

Fazeel Jaleel

What are your career highlights?

BA in Econ and Stat Post. Dip in economics MA in (Finanace) PhD (Economics) Over 10 years teaching experience Consulting

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Econ6034 Econometrics and Business Statistics

Econ3034 Financial Econometrics

Econ2041 Introductory Econometrics.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

First, love to share my life career achievements with others, particularly with our students.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Swimming, cycling, community service etc

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Adaptable, ambitious, compassionate, diligent, generous, and practical.

Marjan Nazifi

What are your career highlights?

Unit convener, Lecturer, and Researcher.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Macroeconomic Policy, Economic Analysis and Economics for Actuaries.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

To enhance the overall student experience and to increase the level of engagement of students with academics.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Reading, Watching movies, Kayaking and Bushwalking.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Enthusiastic, Energetic, Serious as well as Friendly.

Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics

Stefan Trueck

What are your career highlights?

  • My book on Rating Based Modeling of Credit Risk - Theory and Application of Migration Matrices that was published by Elsevier.
  • My research on the financial analysis of carbon emission and electricity markets
  • My research on optimal investment into climate adaptation
  • 2015 Macquarie University Award for Research Excellence in the area 'Prosperous Economies' (one of five key research areas at Macquarie University)
  • Having 10 HDR students graduating over the last 5 years.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

  • FOBE710 - Research Frontiers in Business and Economics.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

It has always been fun to catch up with students who just started our program, and I typically learn a lot through these conversations. I also hope that I can give some good advice on career choices and studying at Macquarie.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Sports: I love to play and watch football and tennis. I also play Beach Volleyball and Squash.

Movies: My wife and I love to go to the movies, in particularly Film Festivals such as the Italian, Spanish, German, French Film Festival.

Music: I used to play guitar and sing in a band for over 10 years (unfortunately we did not become as famous as we wanted to), I don't play that much anymore, but still love ping to concerts.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Optimistic - dynamic - chaotic.

Han Li

Han Li

What are your career highlights?

I have teaching/research experience at 4 top universities in Australia including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, UNSW Sydney and Macquarie University.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACST8081 and ACST3057.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I enjoy working with student and helping them achieve their goals.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I am an Associate as well as the Macquarie University research representative at the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAA). I am also an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Friendly

Enthusiastic

Honest

Marketing

June Buchanan

What are your career highlights?

1. Finally getting my PhD after heaps of years while working full-time.

2. Getting journal articles accepted for publication.

3. Involvement in First Step Mentoring for the first time S2, 2017.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

MKTG1001 - Marketing Fundamentals.

MKTG3015 - Global Marketing.

MKTG8001 - Principles of International Marketing.

MGSM815 - International Marketing.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I love to help students grow in their academic skills.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Going to church and helping with prayers, morning tea and welcoming.

Wining and dining.

Some jogging.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Caring.

Focused.

Pardis Mohajerani

What are your career highlights?

  • Receiving SUPRA scholarship in my PhD
  • Securing lecturer position at MQ Business School-Marketing Department
  • Researching in behaviour change marketing
  • Working at Ipsos social research institute as a research manager

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Mktg2008- Marketing Management

Mktg6096- Introduction to Marketing Management

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I have several reasons for involving in this initiative which are as follows:

  • I enjoy interacting with students.
  • I enjoy helping them to achieve their goals.
  • I have been a student for a long period of my life, and I can relate to students and their thoughts and feelings.
  • I believe that student mentoring can be very helpful to students.
  • I would like to boost students’ confidence that they can be anything that they want to be.
  • I will never forget my role models and  how effective their role was in my life  and I know how much a mentor could be affective in improving emotional and physical health of their mentees.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Bushwalking
  • Painting
  • Playing piano if I find some time
  • Dancing Zumba

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Enthusiastic
  • Honest
  • Open-minded

Joseph Chen

What are your career highlights?

  • I have ten years’ experience in consumer research.
  • My PhD thesis was formally recognised as being of exceptional quality (among the top 10%) by the University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • I have published my research and presented my ideas in international conferences in the US, New Zealand, China and Australia.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Advanced Consumer Behaviour (MKTG8015) and Marketing Fundamentals (MKTG1001)

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I love to facilitate my students’ learning journey and bring happiness into their life. I want them to reach their fullest potential and to learn from the process.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I love being in nature and doing outdoor activities such as skiing, jogging and swimming. I also like watching movies and TV series. My favourite TV series of 2019 include Stranger Things, West World, Killing Eve and Chernobyl.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Enthusiastic, compassionate and creative.

Shahin Sharifi

What are your career highlights?

I have been fortunate enough to have secured my first academic position at Macquarie University while completing my PhD studies at Monash. My primary area of research is consumer judgment and decision making. My research has been published in leading international journals in the field—ranked A* and A in the ABDC.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

MKTG2008—Marketing Management

FOB730—Quantitative Research Approaches in Business and Economics

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would like to help facilitate the transition of students to their new life. I do believe that the first impressions matter. Hence, ensuring that early on students enjoy their new experience could help shape their overall experience. I would like to play a part.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I used to play music but not any longer. Now, I enjoy listening to music and enjoy good movies. Spending time with my little dog is also an enjoyable part of my life.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Open-minded, objective, optimistic

Management

Monica Ren

What are your career highlights?

Working on Internationalisation Strategies.

Becoming a business network researcher and practitioner.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

BUS303 - International Business Project.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Nice to support the students in the transition periods of their lives.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Hiking, dancing, photography, art, writing and reading.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Open minded, energetic and high achiever.

Applied Finance

Lurion DeMello

What are your career highlights?

MQ Vice Chancellors Award for research across two faculties in 2010.

Completion of PhD in 2013 at MQ.

Macquarie Business School and Macquarie University  Deans Award twice for curriculum innovation and development 2013 and 2015.

Two publications in A Journals and three in A ranked journals.

CFA University Affiliation accreditation for the Bachelor of Applied degree in 2016.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

AFIN8099 - Currrent Issues in Banking and Finance (Master of Banking and Finance Capstone).

AFIN3010 - Current Issues in Applied Finance (Bachelor of Applied Finance Capstone).

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would like to share my knowledge (including tips and mistakes!) as a previous student and from my academic career so first year students can enhance their employability and interpersonal skills. To encourage students to go the extra mile beyond their studies so they standout for employers. Additionally providing guidance on dealing with the transition to university and how one can go about identifying a discipline they are passionate about.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Taking interest in my children's sporting activities like tennis and swimming. I am keen follower of cricket (recently retired from playing the sport for 15 years!). Spending time in the kitchen cooking up a storm!..... I thoroughly enjoy it.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Sociable, intuitive and insightful.

Abhay Signh

What are your career highlights?

My primary are of research is in Financial Risk Modelling, including Econometrics and Multivariate Analysis, Investment Analysis and Asset Pricing. My research has been published in numerous international research outlets including high quality ABDC ranked A/A* journals. I have recently(Feb,2017) published my first book, "R in Finance & Economics: A Beginners Guide" which focuses on quantitative research methods in France/Econometrics using R.

I have over eight years' experiences in quantitative finance research including econometrics modelling using statistical software. I am a big believer in open source software and have been using R for statistical computing including quantitative methods for several years.

My ongoing projects include Multivariate Analysis using Vine Copulas, Financial Risk Modelling and forecasting using Econometric methods among others. I am also involved in interdisciplinary research in Social Media and Data Analytics with an ongoing project on the use of Social Media in Business to Business communication and an Industry project on the use of Text Analytics in enhancing Learning and Instructional Support System.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

AFIN3 10: Issues in Applied Finance

AFIN8090- Financial Modelling and Forecasting

I also conduct R for Research Workshops twice a year for HDR and school academics/researchers.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I want to make our students' experience as rewarding as possible and the First STEP Mentoring Program is a great opportunity for them to learn from academics and peers. I enjoy talking to students, not just studying Finance but also other areas. I also find the mentoring personally rewarding as I get to know the talented Macquarie Business School students and learn from them as well.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I like to do a little bit of gardening where I grow a few herbs which I like to use in my cooking.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Passionate, Considerate, Pragmatic

Yin Liao

What are your career highlights?

Research on financial econometrics and household finance.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Statistical methods in Applied finance.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Share my experience with young students.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Playing tennis and chess.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Persistent; kind; energetic.

Keith Woodward

What are your career highlights?

Working at RBA and MQ uni.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

AFIN1002 Finance 1B, AFIN8013 Alternative Investments, MMBA8036 Managing Investments, GMBA Know Your Numbers 2.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

To have a chat with someone and see what they'd like to study.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I like programming, one day I'd like to make a computer game. Markus Persson of Minecraft fame once said my code was 'impressive'!

http://www.java-gaming.org/topics/a-pathfinding-through-2d-polygons/19539/msg/164547/view.html#msg164547

What three adjectives would describe you best?

I like learning, games and optimising.

Commerce

Prashan Karunaratne

PrashanWhat are your career highlights?

  • The honour of seeing a fresh batch of new first year students every year - and imparting something to them.
  • Being nominated by students for the Excellence in Teaching Award at MQ, and then winning this in 2017.
  • Being nominated by the faculty for the Vice Chancellor's Award, and then winning this in 2017, being part of a team award in 2018, and receiving a national award, an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2019.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

BUSA3015 - Business forecasting
MQBS3010 - Agility and Excellence in Business
Excel Skills for Business - an optional online course for students which I highly recommend!

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

  • It is always an honour to impart into first year students, and get a chance to learn something from them as well.
  • My classes tend to be very large, so it will be great to meet some students one-on-one and for us to build into each others' lives, and journey life together.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Gymming (I try!).
  • Playing music (I can!).
  • Catching up with family, friends, and past students.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Empathetic.
Holistic.
Enthusiastic.

Learning & Teaching

Lisa Rohanek

Lisa RohanekWhat are your career highlights?

Being awarded a NSW teaching award by the NSW Premier in 2008

My first text with a group of writers on marketing for non-marketing students was published by McGraw Hill

2018 Teaching award for innovation in student learning at Western Sydney University.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

While not currently teaching at Macquarie, my areas of teaching across a range of universities are Brand and Product Management, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Communications, and Social Marketing.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I really like working with students. They are interesting and fun, and it’s so great to watch them grow and transform in the time they are at uni. I find the experience of mentoring students to be rewarding for both mentor and mentee. I learn a lot from students, and I wold like to help students settle into their first year of study.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Playing with my kids, coaching my sons baseball team, music, photography and being a crazy indoor plant person.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Fun, insightful and empathetic
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