After 6 years of great success, we are very excited to announce the College’s continued commitment to the role of ‘Scholar in Residence’. The Scholar in Residence is responsible for providing support and mentorship to students and staff involved with a range of academic programmes. The role will provide support for new curricular initiatives concerning philosophy, ethics and social justice. The Scholar in Residence will also give guest lectures and support research initiatives by providing expertise on research methodology and analysis.
We are delighted to have Akram Azimi continue in his role as Scholar in Residence. Akram is a practicing sociologist; and over the last 10 years, he lectured on neuroscience, law, writing, epistemology and service learning at three universities and two high schools.
In 2013 Akram was awarded Young Australian of the Year and in 2017 was the recipient of a Hackett Scholarship to pursue his post-doctoral studies at UWA.
Akram initially contributed to a number of initiatives at Scotch College as part of the Community and Service programme including the MAD (Make a Difference) project. Central to Akram’s educational mission is to ‘nurture the next generation to flourish in the fulfilment of their social responsibilities.’
Akram currently teaches tailored introductory Philosophy courses with Head of Enrichment, Sam Sterrett, to boys from Year 3 all the way to Year 10. These are designed to foster intellectual curiosity and are characterised by experiential and inter-disciplinary approaches to learning.
Akram continues to play a significant role as coach and mentor to our Ethics Olympiad, Perth Philosothon and Australasian Philosothon teams. He also contributes to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Course, Theory of Knowledge, and Year 9 and 10 Philosophy offering insights and curriculum innovations.
We see Akram as being uniquely placed to contribute to the school’s enrichment programmes. His infectious curiosity for learning, broad study and teaching across a range of academic disciplines and an emphasis on social justice and civic responsibility make him an invaluable resource for the boys.