School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics

Associate Professor Edgar Conrad» VIEW VIDEO

Associate Professor Edgar Conrad from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, is a leading researcher in the field of biblical studies but his research interests extend into such applied areas as the relation between management theory and the Book of Nehemiah, palliative care, modern Korean theology, and contemporary literary theory. He currently shares a $100,000 research grant from the Qld Cancer Fund with one of his PhD students.

One of Ed?s fundamental supervision principles is that students should be both encouraged and enabled to do work that answers significant questions. They aren?t just trained to do research?they become researchers. They learn from Ed?s description of his current research experiences and problems to share the struggle for a successful research outcome but they do not become his disciples in the process. They must become themselves as scholars.

Like Victor and Margaret, Edgar encourages his students to publish, not just early and often but also well. He instils in them the ambition and the belief that they can publish in the very best journals ? and they do. Edgar?s students analyse papers to give them a sense of what makes a top paper and they work towards producing high quality papers from a very early stage in their experimental work. To facilitate this, Ed gives his students frequent and rapid feedback on all written work ? usually within a couple of days.

But they don?t just examine the products of research; they make the process visible. Ed?s supervision is very collegial. Not for him, the romantic model of the isolated lone scholar. He is instead dedicated to the much more ancient model of the community of scholars based in a community of learning. What Ed Conrad, the supervisor, is really famous for is ?Ed?s Group.? We had international scholars write to us to tell us how much they valued their chance to meet with Ed?s group. Ed?s group meet at Ed and Linda?s home about every 6 weeks. In the course of the evening, they discuss each student?s current research and those discussions evolve into considerations of major issues in the practice and processes of scholarly research. He also encourages his students to form autonomous research sub-groups sharing solutions to common problems and making contact with international research groups.

His contribution to the intellectual and institutional development of research higher degree students is not restricted to his own research group. Ed has devised programs in the School and in the Faculty. Under his leadership, the Arts Faculty became the first, and still the only, faculty in the university to offer a faculty wide induction and research skills course. And it?s designed to be accessible to part-time and remote students.

Ed has supervised 13 research higher degree candidates to completion and is currently involved in the supervision of 13 more.

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