An experienced university educator with a strong commitment to supporting students, Dr Sam McAuliffe has been appointed Dean of Studies & Careers of Mannix College.
Joining the team of staff who support Mannix residents, Sam will be responsible for delivering and enhancing all aspects of the academic, intellectual and professional support offered by the College. As part of this, he will oversee the tutorial and learning programs, employability enhancement activities, learning skills workshops, and mentoring programs.
Sam is a passionate educator and believes in developing a robust, open, and welcoming community for students to grow, be challenged, embrace complexity, dream big, and have fun. He completed his PhD in philosophy, Masters of Arts, and Bachelor of Music (with first-class Hons.) at Monash University. He is the author of Improvisation in Music and Philosophical Hermeneutics and the editor of Gadamer, Music, and Philosophical Hermeneutics, as well as numerous scholarly and public interest articles.
Prior to joining Mannix, Sam was a lecturer, tutor, and research fellow at Monash University and a casual academic at Deakin University. He has also held management positions in education, consulting on, overseeing, and implementing tutoring programs for primary, secondary, tertiary, and postgraduate students. During his Masters and PhD studies, Sam was the postgraduate student representative and is committed to coaching and supporting students in leadership roles.
Sam will work closely with Dean of Students & Wellbeing, Annie McGuire in ensuring the College continues to provide residents with a range of supports that meet their needs. Together, the Deans will support the Principal in fostering a vibrant and engaged student community with a strong culture of inclusion and respect.
The Principal of the College, Andrew Swan, said that Sam’s excellent academic credentials and experience supporting students stood him apart.
“We’re thrilled to welcome a passionate educator in Dr Sam McAuliffe to the Mannix team. Our community is looking forward with enthusiasm to Sam joining us and to the academic and career development support he will provide to our residents”, he said.
Living on-site, Sam will be joined by his partner, Kelsey, and his dog, Hugo. He is looking forward with enthusiasm to embracing all aspects of College life and working with students, staff and stakeholders to help the College offer the best all-around educational experience possible.