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Biography

Prior to working at Macquarie University I was a museum curator at the University of Queensland. While there, I secured internal research funding for a review of UQ's museums and collections. This led to the first development of a set of policy proposals for museums and collections at the university. These were subsequently endorsed and implemented by the University's Senate.

At Macquarie, I introduced and developed Australia's first undergraduate degree program in Museum Studies followed by named postgraduate degree programs. These programs were delivered by the Science Faculty and designed as an alternative to the usual art history / cultural heritage study to career path. It produced graduates for the sector with an enhanced understanding of science in museum practice as well as the more traditional areas of history and culture. These programs ran for 10 years.

Since ceasing full time employment at Macquarie in 2014, I undertake a range of paid and voluntary project work in higher education, heritage, museums and galleries. Recent projects include a casual teaching appointment to deliver AHIS205, An Introduction to Museum Practice and casual professional work with the university's archives and collections.

 

Research interests

I have research interests in the history, role and functions of museums in society, in particular, university museums, museum education, natural history and the public understanding of science. I also retain research interests stemming from my PhD studies in Paleozoic geology and conodont biostratigraphy and taxonomy.

 

External positions

Vice President

5 Sep 20195 Sep 2022

Executive Officer

Feb 2016Feb 2018

Visiting Scholar

Feb 2016Apr 2019

Casual Academic, Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program

Jul 2015Nov 2015

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Research Output

Unlocking the learning potential of university collections

Hammond, G., Thogersen, J., Simpson, A. & Janiszewski, L., 21 Feb 2019, p. 8-9. 2 p.

Macquarie University

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • A Climate change: computers and how to use them

    Simpson, A. & Valentine, J., 2008, In : Science Education News. 57, 1, p. 2-2 1 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch

  • Editorial : The Value of science communication (Science education news)

    Simpson, A. & Valentine, J., 2008, In : Science Education News. 57, 2, p. 50-50 1 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

    A Climate change

    Simpson, A. & Winchester-Seeto, T., 2007, In : Science Education News. 56, 4, p. 138-138 1 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch