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Rev. Dr Erich Fein


Lecturer: Christian Leadership


Fr Erich has studied Eastern European History, Applied Ethics, and Psychology across three universities. He commenced postgraduate study at the Ohio State University in 1998, completing two research degrees: an MA in cognition and learning in 2001 and a PhD in motivation in 2005.

He has worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wilmington College of Ohio (2005 – 2008), as a Lecturer in International Management, Ethics, and Values at the University of South Australia (2009 – 2013), and as a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland (2014 – present).

Fr Erich was married in 2000, and they with their six children were received into the Orthodox Church at the Monastery of the Prophet Elias in South Australia in 2011.  He was ordained a Reader in 2017, serving at St John the Baptist Orthodox Mission, and was ordained through to the priesthood in 2020.

Fr Erich has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles on leadership and motivation as well as five chapters in edited books on virtue ethics. He currently co-supervises 10 PhD students at the University of Southern Queensland on numerous topics including the assessment of wisdom and risk taking in leadership. His current funded research projects involve the application of virtue ethics to the regulation and healing of post traumatic stress.

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