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Dr Sarah Midford Senior Lecturer, Classics & Ancient History

Sarah Midford is the Director of Learning and Teaching (Undergraduate) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History. Her research focuses on the reception of classical narratives in Australia since European settlement. She is also interested in war commemoration and the use of ancient Greek and Roman commemorative processes to commemorate war dead in later societies. She has published on the reception of classical culture in Australian art, literature, architecture and the Anzac legend from European settlement until the modern day.

Sarah's PhD thesis, undertaken at The University of Melbourne, examined the use of ancient Greek and Roman commemorative practices in the commemoration of the Australian Anzac soldier since the Great War. She also holds an MA (Classics) from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis was about the political exploitation of the ancient Roman triumphal procession at the end of the Republican period, and argued that this political spectacle commemorating and celebrating imperial conquest was central to the establishment of the imperial regime.

In 2016 Sarah was the World War I Historian for the Victorian Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize. She led a group of prize winning students, veterans and an MP on an historical study tour of Australian battlefield and commemorative sites in Greece and Crete. Between 2010 and 2015 Sarah worked on the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli Peninsula (JHAS). This project recorded what remains of the Great War battlefield site as well as pre-war artefacts and features including evidence of Roman settlement. The results were published by Cambridge University Press in 'Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory' (2016) and a database of the archaeological survey results can be accessed at www.agad.anzac.unimelb.edu.au.

Sarah's research also extends to the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching. Her main focuses include the first year experience, student success and retention, especially among Bachelor of Arts cohorts, and best-practice large subject coordination. She is currently involved in two projects. The first, 'University Education and Vocational Aspiration', involves the study of a cohort of Bachelor of Arts students on multiple campuses. The second, 'Next Generation Rubrics', has developed software that can provide instant feedback to students on written assessments based on a subject-specific rubric.

Sarah is the recipient of multiple institutional and national teaching awards including the La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor's Award for best-practice curriculum design for interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts subjects and an Australian University Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in Classics and Ancient History.

Sarah is a member of the Fitzroy Learning Network board and Chairperson of the Quality, Compliance and Governance Committee. This organisation works with the local community to provide language training, vocational skills and support services to newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Sarah served on the Melbourne Historical Journal editorial board between 2010 and 2014 and is a founding editor of The Amphora Issue of the Melbourne Historical Journal, which is a journal for postgraduates and early career researchers to publish on the ancient world.

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