Project Team

Staff member

Professor Denise Meredyth

Pro Vice Chancellor: Education, Arts and Social Sciences

Denise Meredyth is the Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. She comes to UniSA from a background in applied and problem-focused research in cultural, educational and social policy. She has led team-based projects, with multiple industry, government and community partners. These projects have investigated questions as diverse as the social and cultural role of the humanities, the relationship between civic education and core values in multiethnic societies, the role of schools, libraries and museums in information literacy, the cultural complexities of community policing and the prospects of social partnership as a solution to long-standing problems of liberal government.

Phone: +61 8 830 24523

Email: denise.meredyth@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Stephen Dobson

Dean and Head of School of Education

Stephen Dobson's research and teaching interests include assessment, professional development, refugee studies, bildung, inclusion and classroom studies. He has published one collection of poetry. He is guest professor at the Centre for Life Long Learning, Lillehammer University College, Norway.

Phone: +61 8 830 24003

Email: stephen.dobson@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Mads Gaardboe

Head of School: Art, Architecture and Design

Mads Gaardboe is the current Head of the school of Art, Architecture and Design, previoulsy holding positions including Head of the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, Professor and Head of Department of Architecture, and Associate Director of Liverpool School of Art at John Moore's University in the U.K, and Subject Specialist with the British Quality Assessment Agency and External Examiner at the University of Central England, Birmingham, and Leeds Metropolitan University. As a practicing architect he has worked in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia, with practices in Canberra and London. HIs research has focussed on urban design related to the history of new towns and campus design. The design and architecture of tourist developments and hotels is a second area of focus.

Phone: +61 8 830 20230

Email: mads.gaardboe@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Kurt Lushington

Head of School: Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy

Kurt Lushington has a PhD and MPsych (Clinical) from Flinders University of South Australia. His thesis examined the role of the pineal hormone, melatonin, in the sleep of the aged. Kurt is interested in all works to do with sleep, both applied and theoretical, and is currently working on several projects examining sleep in children and adults. In addition, he is involved in work with industry groups examining the role of fatigue in the workplace, and with his students the effect of new technologies on teaching.

Phone: +61 8 830 24160

Email: kurt.lushington@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Shane Dawson

Director: Teaching Innovation Unit

Shane Dawson is the Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia. Shane's research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. Shane is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. He is a co-developer of SNAPP an open source social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.

Phone: +61 8 830 27850

Email: shane.dawson@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Clayton MacKenzie

Head of School: Communication, Intermational Studies and Languages

Clayton MacKenzie was born in Matabeleland and educated mostly in Britain. He has worked at universities in Canterbury, London, Hong Kong and Adelaide. He has been Head of Education and Assistant Dean at St Mary's University College in London; and Head of the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University.Teaching interests have varied: from medieval art to the ethics of engineering, from in-yer-face theatre to humanism and science. A novelist and playwright, his research focuses on performance, emblematology, and early modernism--though he has published widely: in music, law, language, education, cultural studies, primary science, pedagogy and art. His PhD supervisions have spanned diverse topics, and he is keen to hear from prospective doctoral students who have quirky, well-crafted research proposals and a passion for research.

Phone: +61 8 830 24269

Email: clayton.mackenzie@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Dr Jane Andrew

Director: MatchStudio

In 2009 I was engaged by the Art, Architecture and Design School to develop a business case and pilot a school wide consultancy/professional practice work experience model that could compliment and sit within the existing teaching and learning framework of programs and courses delivered by the school. Authors of The Creative Age - Knowledge and Skills for the New Economy - Seltzer and Bentley (1999) articulate a central challenge for the education system is to engage students in learning opportunities that offer a curriculum that structures learning around distinct issues and real life problems that require multiple disciplines to contribute to their resolution. Within this educational environment creative skills and an ability to think laterally would, as Seltzer and Bentley suggest, require: the right balance between skills and challenge: creativity emerges in environments where people are engaged in challenging activities and have the right level of skill to meet them.

Phone: +61 8 830 20332

Email: jane.andrew@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Professor Joanne Cys

Head of School: Art, Architecture and Design

Joanne Cys LFDIA is Associate Professor in Interior Architecture and Head of School Art, Architecture and Design. Her particular research interests are in the disciplinary sociology and directions of interior design practice and continuing professional education for design practitioners. Joanne is past National President of the Design Institute of Australia and convenor of the judging panels of the National Australian Interior Design Awards. In 2010 Joanne was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Design Institue of Australia in recognition of her services to design education and research. Joanne was a Board Member (2011 - 2014) of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Interior Designers (IFI) and Co-Chair of IFI's Global Interiors Eduction Open Forum (GIEOF). She was Australia's representative to the Global Design Network (GDN). Joanne is currently Australia's representative to the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance (APSDA) and is Co-Chair of the APSDA Australia 2016 Conference Organising Committee.

Phone: +61 8 830 24034

Email: joanne.cys@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Adrienne Nieuwenhuis

Director: Office of Strategic Programs

As Director: Office of Strategic Programs, Adrienne is responsible for leading and overseeing the effective development and implementation of strategic activities across the University. Prior to this, Adrienne was the Director: Quality, Tertiary Education, Science and Research in the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology where she provided strategic leadership and policy advice to support tertiary education, science and research in South Australia. In this role she was also responsible for a range of regulatory services for both VET and higher education and worked closely with the Commonwealth Government in the establishment of the national regulatory systems for VET and higher education.

Phone: +61 8 830 20326

Email: adrienne.nieuwenhuis@unisa.edu.au


Staff member

Dr Garth Stahl

Research Assistant

Phone: +61 8 830 26752

Email: garth.stahl@unisa.edu.au



Dr Diana Newport - Peace

Project Manager: Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor

Phone: +61 8 830 20597

Email: diana.newport-peace@unisa.edu.au

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