Posted on18 March 2022
Prof Nalini Pather joins the ACT Board of Directors
The Australian College of Theology (ACT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Nalini Pather to the Board of Directors.
Prof Pather is Head of Anatomy at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and teaches in the UNSW medicine and science programmes. She leads a research group investigating anatomical applications and imaging technology in clinical practice and education. Prof Pather is also co-Director and Fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy and has won several awards for her contributions to teaching and learning in higher education.
Prof Pather has more than 20 years’ experience in design and implementation of educational innovation in medicine and health science programs in several countries, including South Africa, North America and the UK. Her PhD is from South Africa.
“Prof Pather brings a strong, personal knowledge of both world-class research and teaching innovation to this role,” said Prof Roger Lewis, the Chair of the Board.
“I am very pleased that Prof Pather has joined the ACT Board of Directors” said Prof James Dalziel, Dean and CEO of the ACT. “Prof Pather has an excellent understanding of the special role of the ACT in Australian higher education and its role in training women and men to serve in churches and other Christian organisations. She has been a member of the ACT Coursework Committee, as well as recently meeting the requirements for an ACT Graduate Diploma of Divinity as well as a Diploma of Theology,” said Prof Dalziel.
“Christian, particularly theological, higher education has been on my heart for some time. I am grateful to serve in this role at a significant time for higher education and for ACT. I pray that my contribution will honour God and serve his Church well,” said Prof Pather.
“Prof Pather has studied at Christ College, where she has also given lectures and papers that integrate her well-articulated Christian faith with her medical expertise. She is a very gifted educator, researcher, and scholar. Nalini is also actively involved in regular church ministry and has her feet firmly planted on the ground. She understands the ministry context for which the ACT is training its graduates as they take on leadership roles in the church and in society,” said Rev Dr Ian Smith, Principal of Christ College, an affiliated college of the ACT.
The Australian College of Theology is Australia’s largest higher education institution for theological education with over 3,000 students and 17 affiliated colleges.