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Staff and Teaching

The Faculty of Arts offers undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and research degree programs across disciplinary boundaries that allow students to explore new areas of professional development or personal passion. We are leading the future by infusing technology into learning and teaching allowing us to develop a culture of transformative learning.

The Faculty is distinguished by its student-centred and research-inspired approaches to learning and teaching.

Our academic staff create learning environments in which students are given access to frontier research, and to engage in research themselves. Those activities assist students in the development of the skills and abilities that are needed to identify and solve problems, locate and analyse information and to engage in local and global communities.

We are home to award-winning researchers and academics who are experts in their fields. Some of our prominent academic staff are:

Ancient History

Professor Naguib Kanawati

Professor Naguib Kanawati is a Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Ancient History. He is an Egyptologist with a special interest in the Old Kingdom. He graduated with a BA in History and Archaeology and MA in Egyptology at the University of Alexandria, Egypt and obtained his PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University. After six years of teaching Near-Eastern History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, he came to Macquarie University in 1980 as Lecturer in Egyptology and in 1990 was appointed to a Personal Chair in Egyptology.

Professor Kanawati has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 for "services to Australian society and the humanities in the study of prehistory and archaeology," and Order of Australia in 2007 for "service to education through research and the promotion and advancement of the study of Egyptology, and to the community."

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Dr Malcolm Choat

Dr Malcolm Choat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History and Director of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1989-1993), before undertaking a PhD at Macquarie (1994-2000). Subsequently, he taught and researched in the School of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney (2000-2002), before holding a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2003-2006).

Dr Choat's fields of research are Coptic and Greek papyrology, and Christianity and monasticism in Late Antique Egypt.

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