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Professor Peter Adams

Peter Adams is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland, is Deputy President of the Academic Board at UQ, and is a Professor of Mathematics. Peter has maintained a close association with the OLT and its predecessors, having been a chief investigator on multiple grant projects, a grant assessor for the OLT, and having received a teaching fellowship through the Carrick Institute in 2006.

Professor Shirley Alexander

Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Technology Sydney where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Education & Students). Her portfolio responsibilities include the quality of courses and teaching, student services, and the student experience.
The University of Technology Sydney has been engaged in a major $1 billion campus redevelopment project. Shirley is leading a system of projects to ensure these developments support the future of learning. This involves driving significant innovation in learning and teaching including curriculum design, the use of technology in learning, and the development of learning and teaching spaces to support these changes. This project won the prestigious WhartonQS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015, in the category of Hybrid Learning.

Professor Kent Anderson

Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer specialising in Asia. He joined the University of Western Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement) in 2014. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that dean of the then Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, the board of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), and a variety of other academic and community boards.

Ms Susan Bannigan

Susan has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Europe and Australia. Susan joined Westpac in 1995 and has held senior roles in finance, treasury and business leadership across the Westpac Group.

From 2007-2012 Susan was the Chief Financial Officer of RAMS with responsibility for the IT, finance, legal and compliance functions.

Susan became Executive Officer of the Westpac Foundation in February 2012 where she worked closely with community groups, social entrepreneurs and the business sector to support new innovations in addressing the complex issues of homelessness, long-term unemployment, social inclusion for refugees and those living with issues of mental health in communities across Australia.

In 2014 she was appointed CEO of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is a scholarship fund with an exclusive focus on the education of Australia’s next generation of leaders who will shape the social and economic progress of our nation in the areas of our relationship with Asia, technology and innovation and community leadership.

Prior to joining Westpac, Susan spent three years in investment banking in London and five years as a Chartered Accountant with kPMG in Sydney, Solomon Islands and Paris.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company directors.

Professor Dawn Bennett

Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative and Chair of the Curtin Academy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her research focus is on developing employability within higher education learning and teaching, including identity development and the nature of graduate work. Dawn is also a passionate advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competencies within higher education. An Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom, she serves numerous editorial boards and convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ national network. Her research outputs include 140 scholarly articles and research reports and 10 monographs or edited collections. Publications are regularly updated at Academia.edu.

Professor David Boud

David Boud is Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He is one of the most highly cited Australians in the field of teaching and learning in higher and professional education. He has been a pioneer in developing learning-centred approaches to assessment across the disciplines, particularly in student self-assessment, building assessment skills for long-term learning and new approaches to feedback. He has been an ALTC Senior Fellow for his work on ‘Assessment for learning in and beyond courses’.

Professor Tim Brailsford

Professor Brailsford is the Vice Chancellor and President of Bond University. Bond is Australia’s only fully non-profit private and independent university and is located on the Gold Coast. Professor Brailsford’s experience includes senior appoints at the University of Queensland, Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He holds PhD, Master and Honours degrees and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Fellow of CPA Australia. In 2003, Professor Brailsford was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal. He serves the community through a number of positions and currently is the Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

Associate Professor Tracey Bretag

Associate Professor Tracey Bretag, BA(Hons), MA, EdD is the Director of the UniSA Business School Office for Academic Integrity at the University of South Australia. She has an eclectic background in English literature, gender studies, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and education and has taught communication, ethics and professional development courses in the School of Management. Tracey’s research for over a decade has focussed on all aspects of academic integrity. In 2014 she completed an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded project, Extending and embedding exemplary academic integrity policy across the higher education sector and previously led the Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project, Academic integrity standards: Aligning policy and practice in Australian universities (2010-2012).

Tracey is the founding Editor of the International Journal for Educational Integrity, Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer 2016), former Chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity, and Outgoing President of the Executive Board to the International Center for Academic Integrity in the U.S. Her most recent publications have included papers on academic integrity policy and practice, publication ethics, and issues of integrity for postgraduate research students.

Professor Denise Chalmers

Denise Chalmers, Professor Emeritus in the field of higher education teaching and learning at the University of Western Australia, was awarded an OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship on recognising and rewarding university teaching in 2015 and an Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2014.
She has over 25 years demonstrated leadership in higher education, leading two university Centres of Teaching and Learning as Director and was a Foundation Director of the Carrick Institute (later ALTC) with responsibility for Awards, Fellowships and International Links. She has served as President and then as Vice President of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) 2008-2014. She has initiated and led several institutional, national and international initiatives and projects including developing and embedding teaching quality criteria and indicators and promoting the use of teaching and learning performance indicators to guide decision making and resource allocation.

Professor Hamish Coates

Hamish Coates is a Professor of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne. He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013, and between 2010 and 2013 also Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management. With a background in psychometrics and political theory, Hamish completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne, and subsequent executive training at INSEAD and MBS. Through research and development Hamish focuses on improving the quality and productivity of higher education. Core interests include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, assessment methodology, learner engagement, and academic work and leadership. He has initiated and led many projects, including numerous national and international surveys. He was Founding International Director of OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO).

Dr Peter Coolbear

Peter is the foundation director of Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. He took up this role in July 2007, having previously been deputy chief executive at Manukau Institute of Technology.
Peter has a background as a teacher and researcher in plant science. From the mid-90’s he held a series of management positions in the NZ polytechnic sector and in government.
He is presently chair of NZCER (the New Zealand Council for Educational Research), a Council member of Tai Poutini and Otago Polytechnics.

Professor Geoff Crisp

Geoff Crisp taught chemistry for many years at the University of Adelaide and developed his passion for learning and teaching while continuing his research work in chemistry. He was actively involved in the development of online learning as the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development and Director for Online Education at the University of Adelaide. He has received the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching); the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships as well as a HERDSA and ASCILITE Fellowship. Prof Crisp is currently the PVC(Education) at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Jill Downie

Professor Jill Downie was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic in July 2012. From 2007 – 2012 Jill was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences and also Professor of Nursing at Curtin University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Downie is an established national and international researcher with numerous grants, publications and conference presentations, including keynote addresses.

In her role as DVC Academic, Jill is responsible for teaching and learning across the University; Student Support Services which include the Library, Counselling and Disability Services, Health Services, the Curtin Stadium/Recreation Services and Child Care. The Careers Service, Housing, Learning Centre, Student Services from Admissions though the continuum to Graduation, Ethics, Equity and Social Justice, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the University’s Indigenous strategy.

Dr Noel Edge

In 2010, Noel was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). GCA is Australia’s not-for-profit graduate research and careers organization. GCA’s research includes the Australian Graduate Survey and other related national surveys. GCA also produces the annual Graduate Opportunities directory.
Noel has held senior management positions in the IT industry, as well as senior academic and administrative roles in universities in Australia and overseas. He holds commerce and information technology qualifications from the University of Queensland and Bond University and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Dr Alan Finkel

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

Dr Finkel was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company, NASdAQ-listed Molecular Devices.

In 2006, he returned to Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.

Committed to science education, Dr Finkel co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which in addition to magazine publishing operates a secondary schools science education program. At ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in nearly 500 Australian schools. Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists and is patron of the Australian Science Media Centre.

Associate Professor Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is Director Accreditation at the University of Sydney Business School. Mark has been leading and researching innovation in learning and assessment within business higher education and professional practice for 25 years. As ALTC Discipline Scholar and Australian Business Deans Council Scholar he led and participated in multiple national projects setting and assessing academic standards for bachelor and masters degrees in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and tourism and hospitality. Double-blind external peer review of assessments and student work in 18 accounting departments includes external calibration of standards with professional practitioners. His work has been recognised through multiple national awards.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.
Prior to joining Monash, she was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Gardner currently chairs the Museum Board of Victoria, the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training), Director on the inaugural Board of Infrastructure Victoria, Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and Director of the Group of Eight Universities.
She has been a member of various Committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, including the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR), the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and International Education Advisory Committee which led to the ‘Chaney’ Report.
In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.

Associate Professor David Gibson

Associate Professor David Gibson is Director of Learning Futures at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. With funding from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, MacArthur Foundation, EDUCAUSE, and others, Gibson’s research focuses on games and simulations in education, learning analytics, complex systems analysis and the use of technology to personalize learning via cognitive modeling, design and implementation. He has published 10 books, 15 chapters, and over 60 articles and presentations on these topics. He is the creator of simSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system and provides vision and sponsorship for Curtin University’s Challenge, a mobile, game-based learning platform.

Ms Sadie Heckenberg

Sadie Heckenberg is currently undertaking a PhD in Indigenous Oral History at Swinburne University of Technology. A Wiradjuri Women, Sadie was the 2014 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholar and is the President for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA). Her research focuses on Indigenous methodologies, Cultural Safety and protecting Indigenous spoken knowledge through intellectual property and copyright law. She is a Research Assistant at Swinburne on Victorian Stolen Wages and has just joined the University of Southern Queensland’s College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research as an Academic Skills Advisor.

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington

Professor Hughes-Warrington's key aim is to make ANU a world-leader in education innovation, including strengthening local and global connections in curriculum and education commercialisation. She is an active researcher, with six books and $18 million in grants to her name. She was a key driver with the head of Philanthropy in developing the Tuckwell program and has a particular interest in providing support for outstanding students and citizens from any background to reach their full potential. She is Chair of the Tuckwell Scholarships Board, the Freilich Foundation Board, National Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia and a member of the Office for Learning and Teaching's Expert Advisory Group.

Professor Richard James

Professor Richard James is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and director of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He holds a chair in the field of higher education and is a researcher and commentator on higher education policy in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Professor James was a member of the inaugural Australian Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) that prepared the new standards framework used by the TEQSA for regulatory purposes. He is a member of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Advisory Group.

Richard has wide-ranging research interests in higher education that centre on the quality of the student experience. His research program spans access and equity, the transition to university, student finances, student engagement, quality assurance and academic standards.

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause BEd MA PhD is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Victoria University (VU) where she provides institutional leadership for the quality of learning and teaching, research, research training and engagement across the University. In this role she works closely with the Deans of the seven academic Colleges, along with a team of Senior Portfolio leaders and the heads of the respective Research Institutes and Centres.

As a member of the Senior Executive Group at VU, her primary focus is on improving the quality of the student experience as part of an overall commitment to quality enhancement in the areas of teaching, research, research training and engagement.

Professor Krause is a Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education and is nationally and internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings. She has extensive experience in leading evidence-based quality improvement initiatives of higher education curriculum and institutional performance, and has research expertise that spans broadly across higher education policy areas, with a particular focus on the changing student experience, the evolving nature of academic work and implications for quality and standards in higher education.

Professor Sally Kift

Sally Kift is Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University and President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF). Prior to commencing at JCU in 2012, Sally was a Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology, where she also served as Law Faculty Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning (2001‐2006) and QUT’s foundational Director, First Year Experience (2006‐2007). Sally is a national Teaching Award winner (2003) and national Program Award winner (2007). She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) in 2006 to investigate the first year experience and is currently a Discipline Scholar in Law.

Associate Professor Shelley Kinash

Associate Professor Shelley Kinash is the Director of Learning and Teaching at Bond University where her major achievements have been: championing employability throughout the everyday curriculum; migrating the student evaluation of teaching to an online system; and supporting a whole-of-university approach to blended / technology-enhanced learning. Previously, she was an academic at the University of Calgary in Canada and a visiting academic to the University of Southern Queensland. She has over 200 publications including 3 books. She has co-led two national OLT strategic priority research projects on graduate employability and postgraduate student experiences, and led one seed project on student evaluation of teaching.

Professor Philippa Levy

Philippa joined the University of Adelaide as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) in April 2015. She previously was Deputy Chief Executive, and Director of Academic Practice, of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA). During her three year secondment to the HEA, she continued part-time in her position as Professor of Learning and Teaching Enhancement in Higher Education at the University of Sheffield’s Information School. Between 2010 and 2012 she served as Head of School and, between 2005 and 2010, as Director of a national Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, also based at the University of Sheffield where, until her move to Australia, she had been a member of the academic staff since 1989. Her research interests include: inquiry-based pedagogies and the student experience, technology-supported learning design, and the educational role of academic librarians.

Professor Sally Male

Sally Male leads research projects in higher education. Her research interests are curriculum development, development of capabilities for engineering practice, and gender inclusivity. Sally collaborates with students, industry, Engineers Australia, and the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Current and recent OLT projects include “Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students”, the National Strategic Priority Project “Students’ Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching” and “Gender Inclusivity of Engineering Students’ Workplace Experiences”. Sally developed the 2014 ‘Best Practice Guidelines for Effective Industry Engagement in Australian Engineering Degrees’ for the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Sally is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Mr Anthony McClaran

Anthony McClaran took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on 12 October 2015.
Before joining TEQSA, Anthony was the Chief Executive of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for six years and prior to that the Chief Executive of the UK’s national agency for higher education admissions, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
A graduate in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, Anthony began his career at the University of Warwick where, among other posts, he was Admissions Officer. In 1992 he moved to the University of Hull to take up the post of Academic Registrar, with responsibility for an office which included recruitment, admissions, student records, international affairs and academic resource allocation. In 1995 he was appointed Acting Registrar and Secretary.
Anthony was, until his move to Australia, a member of the Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and is now a co-opted member of the Board of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and a member of the Advisory Council of the (U.S) Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG). He has held a number of governance roles at all levels of education; he was Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire from 2007 to 2009 and first Chair of Governors at All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham (UK), from its foundation in 2011 until 2015.

Professor Dennis McDermott

Dennis McDermott is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, at Flinders University. Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW).
Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery.
In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Mr Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton is the Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute.
Mr Norton is the author or co-author of many articles, reports and other publications on higher education issues. These include Taking university teaching seriously, The cash nexus: how teaching funds research in Australian universities and a widely-used reference report on higher education trends and policies, Mapping Australian higher education.
With Dr David Kemp, he was the government-appointed co-reviewer of the demand driven system.
He is also an honorary fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson (PhD) was appointed as the inaugural USC Pro Vice-Chancellor Students in early 2014. Her research and practice focuses on higher education student learning engagement. She has led a series of large national projects which include developing a maturity model for student engagement retention and success http://studentengagementmaturitymodel.net/), a social justice framework for higher education (https://safeguardingstudentlearning.net/) and is the current co-leader of the project ‘Shaping the 21st century student experience in regional universities’ (http://shapingtheregionalstudentexperience.com.au/). She has received two citations and a national program award and serves as the Editor of Student Success and as Co-Chair of the annual STARS Conference.

Professor Janice Orrell

Professor of Higher Education at Flinders University in the School of Education an independent higher education consultant and an Adjunct Professor in the Education for Practice Institute at Charles Sturt University. She is also a former Director of Discipline Initiatives and Networks for the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Her projects encompass assessment as learning; Work Integrated Learning as a higher education enterprise and doctoral education. She is currently a supervisor of 10 Doctoral Students in the fields of compulsory and post compulsory education and the education of the next generation of teachers and health care providers. Her interests also include support and performance enhancement for early career academics.

Professor Susan Page

Susan Page is an Aboriginal academic and award winning teacher, whose research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience of learning and academic work in higher education and student learning in Indigenous Studies. She is currently Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, leading a university wide Indigenous Graduate Attribute project. Her recent research includes, investigating Indigenous doctoral success, and examining Indigenous student engagement in Australasian universities. Susan is Deputy Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium. She is currently external evaluator for two Office of Learning and Teaching projects.

Professor Pip Pattison

Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. She oversees institution-wide development of better support for student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching.
A quantitative psychologist by background, Professor Pattison began her academic career at the University of Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne’s Academic Board and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
The primary focus of Professor Pattison’s research is the development and application of mathematical and statistical models for social networks and network processes. Recent applications have included the transmission of infectious diseases, the evolution of the biotechnology industry in Australia, and community recovery following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Professor Pattison was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.
Professor Pattison was named on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly through contributions to the study of social network modelling, analysis and theory, and to university leadership and administration.

Dr Caroline Perkins

Caroline is a geologist by training and has a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D in geology from the University of New England, Australia. She has worked as an exploration geologist in Australia and Fiji, and undertook post-doctoral research in geology at the Australian National University. She has 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant working for the Australian Federal Government in higher education, research, science and radioactive waste management policy and programs. In February 2012 she was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network, a group of six universities with their headquarters in regional Australia, outside capital cities. Since then she has worked to foster advocacy, facilitate collaboration, and enhance the contribution of the member universities to regional development, the nation, and internationally.

Professor Belinda Probert

Belinda Probert was a DVC at both the University of Western Australia and then La Trobe University and in both institutions wrestled with the challenge of how to make good teaching a higher priority for all academic staff. The OLT provided an opportunity to subsequently reflect on these experiences, and the rapidly changing context of Australian higher education, in a series of OLT Discussion Papers published between 2013 and 2015. As part of this work for the OLT Belinda had the opportunity to visit several universities to discuss their experience of such key developments as the introduction of teaching focused academics, the professional development of academics more generally, and the ways in which the quality of Australia’s higher education system, and by implication its academic workforce, might be measured and assured. Belinda is currently working on a book chapter evaluating the Abbot/Turnbull government’s record in higher education policy (with Sharon Bell).

Honorary Professor John Rice

Hon Prof John Rice is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. He established the ACDS annual teaching and learning conferences in 2008 and directed the establishment of its teaching and learning centre.
John plays an active role in initiating, promoting and co-ordinating national projects and policy initiatives in tertiary science and mathematics education.
He is currently directing major ACDS initiatives to promote organisational change in science faculties in support of undergraduate work integrated learning and postgraduate student engagement with innovation.

Professor Mark Rose

Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria: With a thirty-year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within the State, nationally and internationally.

Mark has consulted regularly with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations both nationally and internationally: For over a decade Mark taught in predominantly postgraduate programs at RMIT University’s Faculty of Business: Mark taught here in Australia as well as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

At a state and national level and with community endorsement Mark has sat on five ministerial advisory committees: In 2003 – 2005 Mark co-chaired the Victorian Implementation Review of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: In 2008 Mark moved to VAEAI as General Manager during the WIPC-E Conference and assumed the position of Chair of Indigenous Knowledge Systems at Deakin University in 2008:In 2013 Mark commenced as Executive Director-Indigenous Strategy and Education at La Trobe University.

Professor Judyth Sachs

Professor Judyth Sachs has held a number of senior positions at universities in Australia. She was PVC Learning and Teaching at The University of Sydney from 2003-2006 and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Macquarie University from December 2006- April 2014 after which she was appointed as Special Advisor in Higher Education at KPMG. She is also a Director of Judyth Sachs Consulting. She is currently undertaking a project for the OLT to develop a good practice guide on Work Integrated Learning. She describes herself as an educator and activist and has written expensively on teacher activism, teacher professionalism, higher education and women and leadership.

Professor David Sadler

David Sadler is the the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education) at University of Tasmania. Professor David Sadler joined the University of Tasmania in January 2011 from the UK where he was one of the Directors of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The HEA has responsibility to develop excellence in learning and teaching and works to achieve the best student experience. David had responsibility for the UK subject centre network. He led many initiatives in the areas of student engagement; education for sustainable development; open education resources (OERs); technology enhanced learning and increased social inclusion in Higher Education. These remain his passions and inform his approach to a student-centred focus to learning and teaching at the University of Tasmania. David is a former Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the UK Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (CSAP). He is a UK National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his work on innovative role-play teaching techniques in the social sciences and held two Jean Monnet awards for his teaching. David's research areas include international relations, with a particular specialism on international crises: one of his role-plays gets students to participate in a reconstruction of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott

Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at the University of Western Sydney. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education.
He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. He is currently National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.

Professor Cindy Shannon

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay.

In 2011 Cindy was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at The University of Queensland and is also currently the director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, which was established in late 2014.

Cindy was previously the director of the Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland and guided the development and implementation of Australia’s first degree level program that specifically targeted Aboriginal health workers. Professor Shannon has contributed to Indigenous health policy development and implementation nationally and undertaken a number of independent primary health care service reviews, including a major report for the 2003 interdepartmental review of primary health care service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Professor Cristina Varsavsky

Cristina Varsavsky holds an education focused position at Monash University and is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science. Her interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching include broad areas of mathematics and science education, including work integrated learning, assessment, curriculum development, and the interface of mathematics education between secondary school and university. Her current national projects involve mathsassess (a project on mathematics assessment), and REMSTEP (a four-institution project to reconceptualise science teacher education).

Professor Suzi Vaughan

Prof Suzi Vaughan has 21 years experience of teaching and leadership in higher education both in the United Kingdom and Australia, and is the recipient of a number of teaching excellence awards in recognition of her work in fashion education and academic leadership. In 2008 she was a member of the expert reference group for the Federal Government Review of the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry, and in 2010 she became a member of the Queensland Design Council.
Prof Vaughan is originally from the United Kingdom, and completed her fashion training at Central St Martin’s School of Art in London. She began her career as a freelance womenswear designer, then for a decade worked as a womenswear designer in London and Hong Kong.
In 1995, Prof Vaughan returned to the United Kingdom as a design lecturer, and later, as Course Director of the BA Design Technology for the Fashion Industry at the London College of Fashion. There, she led and managed the college’s degree course in menswear, womenswear, surface textiles for fashion, and accessories.
Prof Vaughan migrated to Australia in 2002 to become the inaugural Head of Fashion within the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She remained in that role through to 2007 when she became Portfolio Director for Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication at QUT.
In 2011 Prof Vaughan was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at QUT.
Prof Vaughan has also recently achieved the status of Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Mr Paul Wappett

Paul Wappett has been the Chief Executive Officer of Open Universities Australia (OUA), Australia's leader in online learning, since the start of 2012.
OUA’s core purpose is to assist as many people as possible to achieve their educational goals across the whole of the tertiary education sector.
Paul is outspoken in OUA’s belief that students belong at the centre of education; not on the periphery. Knowing that people behave differently online than they do in person, Paul pushes for OUA and its providers to design, develop and deliver courses that are tailor-made for online; not to merely take courses that are taught on campus and retrofit them for online delivery.
Under Paul’s leadership, OUA has evolved from being a marketing and enrolment aggregator of open access courses and programs offered by a number of universities, to being a world leading expert in learning design for online education, educational content production, the use and development of learning technologies and platforms, and the use of data analytics to drive better learning outcomes.
OUA has over 350 staff within Australia, and Paul and his team provide the market leadership required to facilitate the learning and development of over 60,000 students each year, making OUA one of Australia’s largest educational institutions.
A lawyer by profession, Paul's previous positions have included legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia, and law firm Clayton Utz.
Paul is also the Chairman of Berry Street, the largest child protection agency in Victoria.

Associate Professor Jon Yorke

Jon is the Academic Registrar at Curtin University, where he has oversight of academic policy development and a specific interest in the promotion of academic integrity. Prior to taking up this role in 2016 he was the Director, Assessment and Quality Learning at Curtin. Jon joined Curtin in 2008 from the University of Plymouth (UK), where he was the Program Director for academic development courses, receiving a University Teaching Fellowship in 2007. Jon is active in research and publishes in the field of quality, policy, and technology enhanced learning and assessment.

Mr Ariel Zohar

Ariel Zohar is the President of the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU), leading a team of 25 elected student representatives.
Having previously served two terms as General Secretary, Ariel was elected President in September 2015.
Ariel's underlying passion is the student experience working collaboratively with RMIT's Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean CBE.
He is currently part of a a team working on 'Student as Partners' and is an advocate for involving students in university decision making and program design.
Ariel is studying an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and is a member of RMIT's Academic Board and Student Experience Advisory Council.


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