First STEP Academic Mentor Preference

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Please review the academic profiles below and select 3 preferences from any of the 6 Departments within the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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

Rahat MunirWhat are your career highlights?

Professor in Accounting and Head of Department

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG315 and FOBE800

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 with the profession, accounting bodies, and industry, in various capacities.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Passionate, Broad-Minded, Committed, Conscientious and Dynamic.

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 ACCG308.

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.

Rajni Mala

What are your career highlights?

Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Program Director

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Financial Accounting and Reporting - ACCG224

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

Mauricio Marrone

What are your career highlights?

I have lived in Panama, USA, Germany, UK and Australia (and worked in those countries) - I do research on machine learning, more specifically, text mining -
Studied Software Engineering, did an MBA (Master of Business Administration) and then did a PhD.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG250 - Business Processes and Information Systems

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

I get a chance to talk to students and see how I can help them. I really love having motivated students who are trying to achieve great things (even if these great
things may be things like 'survive uni').

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Love good food, coffee and wine.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Approachable, funny and 'latino'.

Amy Tung

Amy TungWhat are your career highlights?

I joined the department in 2007. I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in both management accounting and financial accounting areas. My research interests include performance measurement systems, environmental management and employee organisational commitment. I also supervise HDR students and led research projects covering varies topical areas within the management accounting discipline.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

I teach both ACCG 921 and ACCG 200.

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

Transitioning to university can be challenging and overwhelming. I hope to help students feel more comfortable and confident in facing varies situations that arise throughout their first session at Macquarie University.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Ballet, baking and travelling.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Calm, helpful and diligent.

Samantha Sin

Samantha SinWhat are your career highlights?

1. Co-tutelle PhD degrees, Australia and Sweden

2. Successful procurement of funding for a number of L&T and research projects.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Accg399, capstone unit

accg611

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

I like students and this program affords closer engagement with students.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Sports:

Swimming, gym, weights training and yoga

Baking and eating the products.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Happy, determined and kind.

Kym Butcher

Kym ButcherWhat 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?

ACCG611 Principles of Accounting and previously (i) ACCG925 Auditing and Assurance Services and (ii) ACCG308 Corporate

Accounting and Reporting

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

Meiting Lu

Meiting LuWhat are your career highlights?

Teach and coordinate intermediate financial accounting courses both at undergraduate level (100 and 200 level units) and postgraduate level (900 level unit) published influential research papers in highly-ranked accounting journals in the area of International accounting and corporate finance.

Years of experience participating in the FBE First STEP Mentoring Program.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG224 and ACCG923

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

I would love to meet students who are interested in business, especially in accounting and finance and help new students make the transition to uni life a little easier.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Watching movies, browsing the Internet and travelling.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Easy-going, reliable and conscientious.

Dominic Soh

Dominic SohWhat 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?

ACCG340 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

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)

ACCG878 (Fraud Examination, Investigative Techniques

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

Nuraddeen Nuhu

Nuraddeen NuhuWhat are your career highlights?

Dr Nuraddeen Abubakar Nuhu is a lecturer at the Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. He is also a member of professional and academic bodies including Certified National Accountants (CNA), ACCA (fundamental level), and American Accounting Association (AAA).

Nuraddeen is an experienced academic and active researcher with several articles published in high-ranking journals. His research interests includes Management Control Systems (MCSs), Corporate Governance, and inter-disciplinary areas. His teaching experience span across various Accounting units, and has taught a number of Management and Marketing units.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG781

ACCG200

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

As an academic, I am passionate not only about teaching and research, but also in community engagement. Hence I see First STEP as a platform to contribute towards the University community. Guiding, advising and helping students has always been my motto during my academic career. As experience shows that starting new could be challenging for both local and international students, I would thus like to be a First STEP Academic mentor to help in mentoring new students to make their transition into the University less daunting.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I enjoy reading and watching movies. I am also a member of basketball and public speaking clubs.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Patient, emphatic, and selfless.

Lu Jiao

Lu Jaio What are your career highlights?

I worked in top tier accounting firms as an audit manager and consultant. I worked in a private college as a program director of an academic program. I am a member of CAANZ. I am a fellow with Australian Institute of Management

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG100

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

Mentoring first year students to allow a smooth transition to tertiary learning.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Sport, reading

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Analytical, practical, humble

Economics

Prashan Karunaratne

Prashan KarunaratneWhat 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 Vice Chancellor's Award, and then winning this in 2017.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ECON111

I have also taken ECON110, ECON131, ECON203, ECON204, and ECON241 in previous years.

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

Chris Heaton

Chris HeatonWhat are your career highlights?

  • RBA Cadetship.
  • Economic Society of Australia Best Paper Prize 2011.
  • Publications in some good journals (see website for a list).

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ECON232 Econometric Principles.
ECON361 Economic and Business Forecasting.

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

Why not?

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

There's an outside?

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Contumacious, recalcitrant, intransigent and munificent.

George Milunovich

George MilunovichWhat are your career highlights?

  • Conducting research and discovering previously unknown results
  • Meeting and working with intelligent colleagues and students
  • Winning prizes for my discoveries and papers

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Econ131
Econ634
Econ334

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

Because I wish I had one when I was a first year.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Gym
  • Boxing
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Movies
  • Love going to Sydney Dance Company performances

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Persistent
  • Analytical
  • Persevering

Actuarial Studies

Sachi Purcal

Sachi PurcalWhat are your career highlights?

Working and travelling overseas: in Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Canada, the US, England, Switzerland, Italy, Vietnam, Malaysia, .... Working on research projects with my PhD students.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACST860 Contingent Payments II

ACST890 Data Analytics for Finance and Insurance

ACST891 Data Analytics Tools for Finance and Insurance

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

One of things I like most about my job is working with young people and seeing them realise their potential.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Cycling, running, camping and music (mostly classical).

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Friendly, patient and obsessive

David Pitt

David PittWhat are your career highlights?

Professor in Actuarial Studies with enthusiasm for research in actuarial statistics and teaching

Recipient of national citation for outstanding contributions to student learning

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACST356 Mathematical Theory of Risk

ACST603 Principles of Finance

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

Enjoy working with new students helping them to navigate the challenges of making the transition from secondary to tertiary education

Have insurance industry practical experience and so can pass on some of that experience to new students to help them as they think about their career

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Enjoy playing piano, tennis and having dinners with good friends

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Determined, analytical, helpful.

Stefan Trueck

Stefan TrueckWhat 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
  • AFIN806 Risk Management and Derivatives
  • AFIN828 International Investment and Risk
  • AFIN253 Financial Management

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 notbecome 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

Marketing

June Buchanan

June BuchananWhat 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?

MKTG101

MKTG209 - Global Marketing

MKTG801 - 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

Vida Siahtiri

What are your career highlights?

Winning teaching awards; Publishing in high rank journals; Being among the top three students in my education period.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Applied Marketing Research (MKTG 805) Business to Business Marketing (MKTG 205)

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

I love to be with students and understand where they what to be and who they want to be in the future to help them achieve their aspiration.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Jogging, Cinema, Beach.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Caring; Passionate; Never give up.

Murray Taylor

What are your career highlights?

My favourite academic (like the Lebron James of my research area) and somebody who inspired me to follow my research area was the first person to review my academic paper. She gave it great praise and was the first person to cite my paper a year later. I met her a couple of years ago and got to tell her all about it. She was very lovely about me gushing over her for 5 minutes (it was extremely nerdy). Now all I need is for Michael Jordan to complement my basketball skills and my life will be complete. *Please note that nobody complements my basketball skills!

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Introduction to Global Business (BUS 201) and International Business Operations (BUS 202)

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

I remember how hard it was when I first started at University. Nobody told me anything. I had to figure it out on my own. I want to share some of the cheat codes!

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Hanging out with friends mostly! Basketball, delicious food as well as hanging out with friends while eating delicious food and watching basketball

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Doesn't matter. Everybody remembers me because I am tall.

Management

Salut Muhidin

Salat MuhidinWhat are your career highlights?

I am a senior lecturer in Demography at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Before coming to Australia, I have had a wide-ranging international experience, including placements in North America (Brown University and Université de Montréal), Europe (Groningen University and IIASA-Austria), and Asia (University of Indonesia).

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

- MKTG127 "Demographic Fundamentals"

- MGMT255 "Global Population Challenges"

- MKTG216 "Consumer Demographics"

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

I was once a first yer student too at a university, and I was bit nervous to start my adventure. Luckily that I had someone who could help me in exploring my first year. Joining this First Step academic mentor program, therefore, I would like to share my experience academically or socially as well as to help the first year students to easily settle in their first year academic adventure.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I am interested in diaspora and their related issues.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Friendly

Helpful

Sharing

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