The 'staff' of the Research Centre are really the dozens of Scots staff involved in Action Learning, publication, conference presentations and other forms of intellectual life. This is particularly facilitated by:
Dr Hugh Chilton, BA (Advanced) (Hons), PhD (Sydney), GradDipEd (Excelsia)
Director of Research and Professional Learning
Hugh serves as Director of Research and Professional Learning at The Scots College. His role involves the cultivation of research-informed practice and professional growth within the College and in partnership with leading schools, industries and universities around the world. He leads a number of strategic projects and programs including the Clark Lectures and ScotsIdeas, and takes great joy in mentoring boys and teaching senior Modern History and Christian Studies. Before coming to Scots, Hugh worked with students in history, debating and public speaking at Barker College, Abbotsleigh School, and Woodbridge School (UK), as well as in several volunteering capacities.
Hugh is also a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, a member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Research Committee, and an early career researcher in the fields of intellectual, cultural and religious history. He is the Vice-President of the Evangelical History Association and a member of the American Society of Church History. He was awarded a PhD in history by The University of Sydney in 2015, and his first book is Evangelicals and the End of Christendom: Australia, Religion and the Crises of the 1960s (Routledge, Abingdon, 2018). Hugh is married to Sarah and has a beautiful baby boy, Hamish.
Dr Caitlin Munday, BEd (Hons), PhD (Sydney)
Research Fellow (Professional Learning)
As Research Officer at The Scots College, Caitlin oversees a number of staff research and development projects, including the Master Teacher Pilot Project exploring teacher expertise and mentoring. Her role also includes, more broadly, the cultivation of research-led practice within the college. Caitlin recently completed her PhD, during which she the opportunity to work as a sessional tutor and lecturer on a number of undergraduate education courses; as a research assistant for various academics; and as a co-curricular drama tutor at St Catherine's School, Waverley.
Her undergraduate degree was in secondary education, in the curriculum areas of drama and English. This degree along with various teaching experiences convicted her of the value of educational research and its potential for informing, enriching and expanding educational theory and practice. Her honours research, completed in 2010 and awarded first class, explored the potential of process drama pedagogy for engaging with bullying through an investigation of talk in interaction using membership categorisation analysis.
Caitlin’s doctoral thesis was entitled 'Conceptualising the drama classroom as community: A case study approach to effective learning and teaching.' It formed part of a large Australian Research Council (ARC) project 'The Role of Arts Education in Academic Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement', conducted in partnership with The Australia Council for the Arts.
Mr Toby Castle, BEd (Human Movement and Health Education) (Hons), MA Global Leadership (Fuller), PhD Candidate (Fuller)
Research Officer (Experiential Education and Leadership Development)
As Research Officer in Leadership Development and Experiential Education, Toby oversees a number student-based and staff-oriented development projects including the College's Service Learning Philosophy, Leadership Development, and Experiential Education. His role also provides support in the development of research-informed mission, service-learning and character and care programs that embed the College's Experiential Education and Faith and Values framework.
Toby completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney, in Education and Human Movement and Health Education (Hons). His honours thesis, titled "Gender and Education in Sydney Schools", compared the educational outcomes of single-sex education in high school contexts. After teaching Senior PDHPE at St. Luke's Grammar School, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, Toby graduated Summa Cum Laude equivalent with a Masters of Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary, in Los Angeles, CA. His Master's thesis was entitled "Practical Peacemaking: The Pursuit of Shalom in the Public Square"
Toby has recently been admitted to the Doctoral Program at Fuller Theological Seminary. His thesis is entitled 'The Church's Colonised, Racialised Habitus: Western Privilege and its Anodyne Influence in Cross-Cultural Peacemaking'.
Miss Rachel Pan, MEd (Management and Leadership), GradDipEd, BA (Psychology)
Research Projects Officer
As Research Projects Officer, Rachel provides project management and administrative support to projects, programs and publications of the Research Office. She also supports Research Office events, conferences and other scholarly activities within the College and with partner institutions. In addition, she also teaches Christian Studies in the Senior school and Mandarin in the Early Learning Centre (ELC).
Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at the National University of Singapore in Psychology. She went on to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Education with a specialisation in Primary teaching for Physical Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore. After teaching for four years in Singapore, she moved to Australia to complete her Masters of Education Management and Leadership in the University of Sydney. She received a high distinction for her Master's thesis entitled "Effectiveness of Singapore's Education System (Selection, Hiring, Development and Retention) of Teachers and its Application to Australia".
Mr Jeffrey Mann BA (Psychology) (Hons), MA Physical and Health Education
Student Experience Coordinator
Jeff's specific role, as the Coordinator of Student Experience, involves advocating for connections between various College structures and programs, to work towards an integrated experience for students as they journey through the College. Jeff's initial focus is on student's experience leading into and out of the Glengarry experience.As part of the research team, Jeff also provides support for: Experiential Education, Professional Learning, ScotsIdeas and other Research events, and mentoring staff researchers. Jeff is also part of the Reinventing Education team, designing the shape of future education at Scots.
Jeff's undergraduate training was in Psychology at UNSW, and he has worked in a range of leadership roles across corporate, health, and not-for-profit sectors. Jeff professional focus for the last 15 years has been in christian outdoor education, and he recently served at Scots' Glengarry campus as the Coordinator of Outdoor and Experiential Learning. Jeff has a Master's degree in Physical and Health Education from UOW, and is currently undertaking doctoral research through WSU, exploring innovative education approaches which engage high school students and build 21st century competencies.