Faculty and Staff

Welcome to Nan Tien Institute (NTI), Australia’s first Higher Education Provider with courses grounded in Buddhist wisdom and values. NTI is the place for quality education and cultural exchange. Read more about our academic staff below:

Buddhist Institute in Wollongong

Bill Lovegrove

President – Nan Tien Institute

Find out more about NTI from the president
Professor Janet Xiang-Yu Hou

Professor Janet Xiang-Yu Hou

Academic Dean

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Medicine by Research (Peking University), Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies (Nan Tien Institute), BA (Medicine, Shandong University), Cert IV (Training and Assessment, The University of Queensland). An academic researcher in health with experience in international research development, Professor Janet Xiang-Yu Hou has wide-ranging teaching experience in universities, in both Australia and China.

email: j.hou@nantien.edu.au 
office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0721

Venerable Dr. Juewei

Venerable Dr Juewei

Head of Program (Humanistic Buddhism)
Acting Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies)
Director (Humanistic Buddhism Centre)
Senior Lecturer

PhD (Religious Studies) University of the West, USA, MA (Buddhist Studies) Tsung-Lin Buddhist College, Taiwan, MBA (Cranfield University) Bedford, UK, MS (Computer Science and Engineering) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, BS with highest distinction (Computer Science and Engineering), Honors in Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

email: juewei@nantien.edu.au
office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0724

Dr Susan Sumskis

Dr Susan Sumskis

Head of Health and Senior Lecturer 

PhD (University of Wollongong), BN (Hons) (UOW), BN (Dist) (UOW). Dr Sumskis focuses on student well-being within learning through the use of contemplative pedagogy. Sue has extensive professional experience in a variety of mental health settings and within tertiary education. Sue’s PhD investigated resilience and mental health, with a finding that challenge and support are essential components of developing resilience, grit and growth.

email: s.sumskis@nantien.edu.au
office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0751

Dr Tamara Ditrich

Dr Tamara Ditrich

Head of Program and Associate Professor
(Applied Buddhist Studies)

PhD (Studies in Religion, University of Queensland), BA Hons (Linguistics, University of Ljubljana). Tamara Ditrich’s disciplinary background is in Buddhist Studies, Sanskrit language and Vedic philology. She has had over thirty years of teaching and research experiences at various universities in the EU and Australia. Her current research interests are primarily in Theraveda Buddhism and Vedic philology.

email: t.ditrich@nantien.edu.au
office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0761

Dr Nadine Levy

Dr Nadine Levy

Lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing

PhD (University of Adelaide), BA (Hons) (University of Adelaide), LLB (Hons) (University of Adelaide). Dr Levy holds a PhD in sociology and Honours degrees in both law and gender studies. Her research investigates women’s lived experience across a range of social sites, including health, therapeutic landscapes and spiritual movements. Her PhD examined the themes of belonging, emotions and social connection in the context of Intentional Communities in late modern society.

email: n.levy@nantien.edu.au
office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0752


Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.