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)

Publications

Conference

  • 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).