Michael Kilmister

Sessional Academic and Learning Adviser, University of Newcastle

Michael is currently completing his PhD in Australian history and teaching in the humanities. He is a learning adviser with the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In 2011, he won the Faculty Medal for his outstanding work in history. In 2015, Michael was the Seymour Scholar at the National Library of Australia as well as the National Archives of Australia-Australian Historical Association Postgraduate Scholar. He is involved in numerous community outreach projects for the Central Coast campus, including his latest work with Rotary International on the Model United Nations Assembly which engages with more than 15 regional high schools. In 2016, Michael was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Professional Staff Excellence for his contribution to the Writing Drop In program at the Ourimbah Campus. He is published in History Compass.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in History, University of Newcastle
  • 2010–present
    Tutor, University of Newcastle
  • 2015–present
    Learning Adviser, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle
  • 2015–2015
    Casual Academic, University of Queensland
  • 2014–2014
    Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2010 
    University of Newcastle, Australia, Honors in History
  • 2009 
    University of Newcastle, Australia, Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts


  • 2017
    Treading on sacred ground? Confronting the Anzac myth in higher education, History Compass, Volume 15, Issue 8 August 2017

Professional Memberships

  • History Council of NSW
  • Australian Historical Association
  • Association for Academic Language and Learning