Since 2006 Tony has investigated the implications of world university rankings for institutional research strategy and has delivered papers on this theme at conferences and workshops in Australia, China, Iceland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the QS World University Rankings Advisory Committee – a group that draws members from more than 15 nations.
He is a regular contributor to Australian university policy debate on issues surrounding the assessment of research performance and world university rankings. From 2010-2013 he was a member of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Research Data Advisory Committee. Before that he served on the Australian Research Council’s Indicators Development Group for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) research assessment initiative.
Tony’s career in university management spans more than 20 years working for three universities (Griffith, the University of Manchester and the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology). Prior to taking up his current position at Griffith University, Tony served as Foundation Executive Officer, Innovative Research Universities from 2004-2007 and before that as General Manager of the Griffith Graduate School of Management.
Innovative Research Universities (www.iru.edu.au) is a network of seven comprehensive Australian universities conducting research of national and international standing.
Professor James Arvanitakis the Head of The Academy at the University of Western Sydney where he is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James has spearheaded the establishment of The Academy and its principles of future proofing education, inter-disciplinarity and ethical leadership.
His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James is a regular media commentator, and has his own segment on FBI Radio.
James was a former banker and advocate for free trade, but having witnessed child and indentured labour, has worked to develop sustainable, socially just and equitable economic policies, working as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He worked for a number of human rights organisations including Oxfam Hong Kong and was the Director of Aid/Watch.
After being internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style, in 2012, James was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award.
This year James has seen the release of two new books – both edited collections: The Citizen of the Twenty-First Century (IDN Press) and Piracy: Leakages from Modernity (Litwin Press).
Dr Lind is Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Western Sydney. During her career she has received a number of awards that have recognised her teaching and research excellence, including a Teaching Excellence Award from the Office of Learning and Teaching in 2013, and a National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Biomedical Fellowship in 2007. She previously held the title of Clinical Lecturer through the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, and was a Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA. Dr Lind is President of the NSW Branch of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) and Chair of the HGSA Education Committee. Her current research focuses on ageing, cardiovascular disease, and coeliac disease.
Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson is President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her fields of expertise include cultural studies, Australian cultural history, gender studies and sociology of education. She has published five major books with international publishers, two of which were co-authored. She has published over forty articles in major refereed journals and edited books and a number of other reports and monographs. In 1995 she became Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), a position she held for nine years, and in 2004 Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Griffith University, a position she held for just over 5 years until her retirement.
She officially retired from full-time work in April 2009 and has since undertaken a number of part-time consultancies for a range of Australian universities and organisations such as the Queensland State Government and the New South Wales State Library. Professor Johnson was on various Australian Research Council committees for over 12 years, including 3 years as a member of its Council. She chaired the then AVCC Pro/Deputy-Vice Chancellor’s Committee in 2004. She was awarded the status of Emeritus Professor by UTS in 2004, Professor Emeritus by Griffith University in 2011 and is a Conjoint Professorial Research Fellow at UNSW. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2010 for her contribution to Australian Higher Education.
Stephen Garton is a Professor of History and Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. From 2001 to 2009 he was Dean of Arts at the University of Sydney and a proud member of DASSH (and for a time a member of the DASSH Board).
Professor Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2012), Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), and other works dealing with digital media, global media, creative industries, media policy, and the creative economy. He is the author of New Media: An Introduction (Oxford), whose fourth edition was published in 2014.
He is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts for the Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) Panel, and in 2012 was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts in the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation round. He is an Executive Board member of the International Communications Association (ICA), heading the Global Communications and Social Change Division.
He is the author of six books (one edited), 12 research monographs, 38 book chapters, 68 refereed academic journal articles, 13 reports and research monographs. He has advised leading national and international agencies, including the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD), the National Academies Forum, and the European Science Foundation. In 2011-12 he was seconded to the Australian Law Reform Commission, chairing the National Classification Scheme Review. He has been an invited keynote speaker in China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Great Britain, Taiwan, and New Zealand.
Professor Woodrow is Director of the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research and Deputy Director (Research) Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. His involvement with the characterization or categorisation of creative practice as research in Academe spans twenty years. He was founding co-convenor of the studio-based PhD program in the University of Newcastle in 1994 and currently oversees one of the largest cohorts of creative arts PhD candidates in Australia. His own research outcomes include traditional publications and non-traditional outputs such as exhibitions and he is one of Australia’s most experienced HDR supervisors in the creative disciplines, with a record of more than twenty PhD completions, mostly studio submissions, and a similar number of examinations.
Professor Simms joined the ARC in August 2011 as Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences. Prior to this, she was Head of the School of History, Heritage and Society at Deakin University from 2009-2011 and Chair in Australian Studies. Other appointments include Chair in Political Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, 2002-2009 (Head 2002- 2007); and Reader in Political Science ANU, 1994-2002.
Professor Simms has an international reputation in the fields of gender studies and political science derived from a strong publication record and a history of grants and awards. She has published 5 authored and co-authored books, 9 edited and co-edited books, and over 80 articles and chapters. She has received research grants from the ARC, the NSW Sesquicentenary Committee, the National Committee for the Centenary of Federation and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. She was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Southern California and holds a Centenary of Federation medal for her research on the 1901 Election.
Professor Simms is past President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.
Stewart Lockie is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cairns Institute at James Cook University Australia. A major focus of this position is the development of meaningful research partnerships with Traditional Owner organisations, community and industry groups, and government agencies in northern Australia and the Pacific. Stewart's own research addresses environmental and natural resource management policy, food security, and the social impacts of resource development. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Foundation Editor of the journal Environmental Sociology.
Peter Shergold is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. Peter came to Australia as an academic and was an economic historian for 16 years. In 1988 he joined the Australian Public Service to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs and then, successively, became CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission; Public Service Commissioner; Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; and Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training. From 2003-2008 he was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Peter now chairs the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board and sits on the Queensland Public Sector Renewal Board and in 2013 he was part of the Independent Review Panel on Coalition Costings. He is also Chair of the recently formed Aged Care Sector and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agenda (TEQSA) Advisory Council.
Ien Ang is Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies and the founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society (and its predecessor, the Centre for Cultural Research) at the University of Western Sydney. Before starting at UWS, she held positions at the Murdoch University and the University of Amsterdam (where she graduated). Her books include Watching Dallas: Soap Opera and the Melodramatic Imagination, On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West and The SBS Story. She is the recipient of numerous ARC grants (including an Australian Professorial Fellowship) and has held visiting positions at several international universities including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Bristol, City University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. She currently chairs an Expert Working Group on ‘Asia Literacy – Language and Beyond’ for the Securing Australia’s Future program coordinated by the Australian Council of Learning Academies and reporting to the Chief Scientist.
Duncan Ivison completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of York (UK) and been Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU (1993-6) and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2002-3). He is currently Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Sydney where he was formerly the Head of the School of Philosophical & Historical Inquiry before taking-up his current position as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in
2010. His research interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought and ethics. His books include: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002); Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); the Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (2010) and (with Paul Patton and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2002).
Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia. Her research and publications are in the areas of language learning, languages and cultures in education, and language assessment. Her experience includes research and development work in Australia, as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. She has led a number of research projects of national significance focused on intercultural language learning and on assessment of student achievements in learning languages. She has served as the President of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and President of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Recent publications include: Intercultural
Language Teaching and Learning (2013, with A.J. Liddicoat), Dynamic Ecologies: A relational perspective on languages education in the Asia-Pacific region (2014, with N. Murray) and Languages in Australian Education. Problems, prospects and future directions (2010, with A.J. Liddicoat).
Tim Mehigan is Professor of German and Head of the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and former President of the German Studies Association of Australia. He was Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich for two years in 1994 and 1995.
Tim’s work is focused on two key periods in German literary and intellectual history: on the one hand, the literature and philosophy of the time of Goethe and Kant, which is to say, the late 18th and early 19th century; on the other hand, the literature and philosophy of Austrian modernism in the first three decades of the 20th century.
Beyond such a focus, Tim is vitally interested in the connections that flow between literature and philosophy and has explored these in relation to writers such as Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) and Robert Musil (1880-1942) and topic areas such as the deployment of space in literature. Recent publications that illustrate this focus are Heinrich von Kleist: Writing after Kant (Camden House, 2011), “Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften” in Literatur und Wissen: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (J.B. Metzler, 2013) and Raumlektüren: Der Spatial Turn und die Literatur der Moderne (transcript, 2013, ed. with A. Corkhill).
Tim has also recently edited a Companion devoted to the work of J.M. Coetzee (Camden House, 2011) and published, with B. Empson, the first English translation of K.L. Reinhold’s major work of philosophy Versuch einer neuen Theorie des menschlichen Vorstellungsvermögens (Walter de Gruyter, 2011).
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The 2019 DASSH conference and AGM will be hosted by ACU in Sydney, on 25-27 September. Registrations will open mid-year.
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