Postion: Assistant Academic Dean, Lecturer in Theology and Research Fellow
Location: National Office, Wellington - and working remotely from Sydney, Australia
Qualifications: BTheol (Hons) (ACU), GradCertDisSt (Flinders), GradCertTertTeach (Curtin), PhD (Theology) (UON)
Research and academic interests: Disability theology; practical-pastoral theology; ecclesiology and ethnography; theological education
Zachariah (Zach) Duke joined TCI on 20 August 2018 as Assistant Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology at The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as a Research Fellow with The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre.
Previously, Zach held a number of senior academic positions at BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education (formerly The Broken Bay Institute), as well as adjunct/conjoint lectureships with The University of Wollongong, The University of Newcastle and The University of Tasmania. Zach’s main areas of academic competence include: disability theology; practical-pastoral theology; ecclesiology and ethnography; and theological education.
He is an active member of several academic and professional associations, including: the Living Fully Network (where he is the current co-chair); the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania (where he is the current vice president); the Australian Catholic Theological Association; and the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, among others. Zach is a director on the Board of St Lucy’s School (a Catholic primary school which caters for children living with disabilities) and the Delany Foundation (the not-for-profit charity of the Patrician Brothers). Zach was the recipient of the 2017 distinguished alumni award for his services to disability and higher education from his alma mater, Holy Cross College, Ryde.
Zach volunteers regularly at St Lucy’s School, St Vincent de Paul and L’Arche Australia, and enjoys reading, travelling, music, street culture, sports and spending quality time with his family and friends.
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