Douglas Fletcher  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Douglas Fletcher
    PhD (Murdoch)

    Associate Lecturer

    About me

    I am an unusual specimen in the academic menagerie, in that I research in theology and  teach in statistics.  Both fields are lifelong interests.  After completing bachelor’s degrees in actuarial studies (Macquarie University) and theology (Bible College of Victoria), I worked in insurance and actuarial consulting before commencing doctoral study in theology.  While working on my doctorate I began teaching part-time in statistics, and have continued both activities.

    I teach first-year statistics, initially for business students and more recently for science students.  My current unit, Statistical Data Analysis, enrols about 750 students a year from diverse science courses.  Due to the wide range of abilities and backgrounds among the students, learning support for students with poor quantitative skills is a strategic interest.

    My research in systematic theology emphasises theological foundations, relations between theology and philosophy, and gospel and culture issues.  In my doctoral thesis, completed in 2011, I critically engaged with George Lindbeck’s work The Nature of Doctrine.  Lindbeck’s social-anthropological perspective on ecumenical theology raised important questions relevant to my research themes.

    Currently I am preparing articles based on material from my thesis, and further investigating background debates, such as the Barth-Bultmann letters.


    Teaching area

    • MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis

    Research areas

    • Gospel and culture
    • Theology and philosophy
    • Theological hermeneutics

    Awards and grants

    2015 – Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Learning.  For leading continual development of learning experiences and teaching skills in a large service unit through integrated content, active learning and pastoral care.

    Professional and community service

    VC’s Awards and Citations Committee (since 2012)

    School Learning & Teaching Committee (since 2014)

    Academic Council (since 2015)



    • Kemp, M., Kissane, B., Fletcher, D., (2013),Discontinuities in the transition from school to university: Technology and assessment,In: 6th East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME 6).