Artisan Cheese Making Academy Australia
Staff Profile: Jim Ralph
Jim completed his Honours degree in Microbiology at Flinders University in 1985. He then worked for several years as a secondary science teacher in country schools in South Australia.
Jim returned to Flinders University in 1990 as a Research Assistant and worked on the biological conversion of brown coal to liquid fuels and other useful products whilst also working part-time as a senior biology teacher for the Independent Schools Board.
Jim commenced a PhD in 1993 and continued his work on the bioconversion of coal. After finishing his PhD in 1995, he worked on curriculum development for the Department of Public Health at the Adelaide University, specialising in educational resources related to air, water and soil quality and food safety. Jim moved to The Department of Environmental Health at Flinders University in 1997 where he investigated the input of pollution into surface waters in metropolitan Adelaide.
In 1998 he took up a lecturing position in Food Technology at the Regency campus of TAFE SA. Jim was instrumental in establishing the Diploma of Food Technology in 1999 and a Bachelor degree in Food Technology in 2000. The latter program is offered by Adelaide University in collaboration with TAFE SA.
Jim teaches across a variety of Food Technology topics, notably the safety, chemistry and analysis of food, sensory evaluation, dairy science and food product development. He also delivers short courses in food handling, food safety programs, labelling and hygiene monitoring.