2021 Domestic Visiting Scholars
Dr Wayne Geerling
Wayne Geerling is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Monash University. Wayne has taught more than 30,000 undergraduate students in his career, specialising in large undergraduate units of up to 1,000 students. Wayne’s contribution to innovation and teaching excellence has been recognised with several teaching awards at the Department, Faculty, University and National levels, in Australia and America.
Wayne will be presenting on Diversifying the Use of Pop Culture in the Classroom: Using K-pop to Teach Principles of Economics. Wednesday 24 March 2021, 9:30-11:00am. Register your attendance here.
Dr Lilia Mantai
Lilia Mantai is a Lecturer at The University of Sydney Business School and Academic Lead for Course Enhancement, where she currently oversees assurance of learning and guides curriculum development and assessment design. Her research concerns academic and researcher development, doctoral education, graduate skills and assessment. She has published in higher and doctoral education journals, including Studies in Higher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, International Journal for Researcher Development, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, The Australian Educational Researcher, Area. Dr Lilia Mantai is a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE and Associate Editor for the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) journal.
Lilia will be presenting on Beyond assuring learning: Greater challenges ahead for business schools. Monday 19 April 2021, 1:30-2:30pm. Register your attendance here.
Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos
Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos is Associate Dean, Quality and Standards, Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. Panos is an academic educator with 15 years of international experience in the area of Higher Education Development. He has led large-scale curriculum development projects in the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Greece and Australia. He developed a learning design methodology for team-based curriculum design, a framework for reflection in professional learning and has taught for numerous years in areas of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Panos is a member of numerous professional organisations and a reviewer for journals in technology-enhanced learning and higher education studies.
Panos will be presenting on Designing the Future of Higher Education Through Partnerships with Industry and Students. Monday 7 June 2021, 3:00-4:00pm. Register your attendance here.
Dr Prashan Karunaratne
Dr Prashan Karunaratne is an inspirational and innovative teacher and researcher of economics and business analytics at Macquarie University. He nurtures students to develop a desire to engage in the field of economics and business analytics, and is a firm believer that the learning journey benefits both teachers and students. Inspiring students to want to learn – by emphasising the ‘why’ of learning, and empowering students to navigate their own learning journey – by focusing on the ‘how’, creates valuable experiences in his classroom and beyond. This highlights the 'wow' moments that students will remember in years to come.
Prashan’s PhD is in the field of Learning & Teaching as well as Economics, which is a nexus between the scholarship of discovery and teaching. His research has been well received by peers where his findings have been widely read and cited, and he has presented at premier conferences in his field both in Australia and overseas. The findings of his research have not only informed his own teaching practice, but he has also integrated his scholarship of discovery and teaching into several aspects of the university sector, as well as applied his scholarship of discovery and teaching beyond the university sector.
Prashan is the Course Director of the Bachelor of Commerce, and the Capstone Convenor for this degree. Prashan received an AAUT award for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2019, and in 2020 he received the inaugural ABDC award for innovation and excellence in teaching and learning.
Prashan will be presenting on To Zoom or to MOOC? Taking your active learning subject online. Thursday 8 July 2021, 11:00-1:00pm. Register your attendance here
Professor Leonie Tickle and Dr Shazia Jan
Over 2017 to 2021 Professor Leonie Tickle has been the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the Macquarie Business School. In this position, she managed teams that support the delivery of a quality learning experience for the School’s 16,000 students, across strategic initiatives in the areas of teaching innovation, online learning, internships and work-integrated learning, careers, mentoring, student engagement and experience, and staff teaching development. Leonie’s own teaching has been recognised by a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and two Macquarie University awards, and she has been active in national and international education committees and accreditation panels in her discipline area of actuarial studies.
Dr Shazia K Jan is the Head of Design and Innovation at Macquarie Business School. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Shazia has several years of experience in online learning design and analytics, student engagement and experience. She has developed a methodological framework centred around social network analysis for exploring pedagogically grounded online learning communities. Shazia has authored several papers in high quality journals in technology enhanced learning. She is Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) and a reviewer for a number of highly ranked journals in e-learning. Shazia’s research interests include online learning, learning communities, social network analysis, and educational psychology.
Leonie and Shazia will be presenting on Cultivating course-based communities of practice via Course Compass. Wednesday 8 September 2021, 11:00-12:00pm. Register your attendance here.
2020 Domestic Visiting Scholars
Dr Wayne Geerling
Wayne Geerling is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Monash Business School. Wayne has taught more than 30,000 undergraduate students in his career, specialising in large undergraduate units of up to 1,000 students. Wayne’s contribution to innovation and teaching excellence has been recognised with several teaching awards at the Department, Faculty, University and National levels, in Australia and America.
Wayne Geerling will be presenting on The Inclusive Economist: Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Through Pop Culture. Thursday 30 July 10:30am (via zoom). Refer to the WCLA News & Events for more details.
Dr Prashan Karunaratne
Prashan Karunaratne is a Lecturer at the Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University NSW. Prashan is an inspirational and innovative teacher of entry-level economics at Macquarie University. His enthusiasm for teaching economics, and passion for improving student outcomes, have inspired and engaged students for more than a decade. He nurtures students to develop a desire to engage in the field of economics, and is a firm believer that the learning journey benefits both teachers and students. Inspiring students to want to learn – by emphasising the ‘why’ of learning, and empowering students to navigate their own learning journey – by focusing on the ‘how’, creates valuable experiences in his classroom and beyond. This highlights the 'wow' moments that students will remember in years to come.
Prashan Karunaratne will be presenting on Keeping Learning and Teaching in Business and Economics Education R.E.A.L. Monday 20 July, 10:30-12:00pm (via zoom). Refer to the WCLA News & Events for more details.
Professor Shelley Kinash
Professor Shelley Kinash is currently the Director, Advancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Southern Queensland. She has spent nearly 30 years as an education scholar, leader and teacher, across two countries – Australia and Canada. Her research expertise is in employability and online learning. She leads an international community of experts in employability (TEN STARS uniSTARS.org). Her 394 published works (journal papers, book chapters, podcasts …) have been downloaded 52,000+ times from 177 countries.
Shelley Kinash will be presenting For university educators: How to embed employability and career-perspective in the curriculum. Wednesday 29 July, 10:00-11:30am (via zoom). Refer to the WCLA News & Events for more details.
2019 Domestic Visiting Scholars
A/Prof April Wright
April Wright is an Associate Professor in Strategy at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland. April has received national recognition for her teaching and learning leadership and scholarship in large business courses, including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management 'Management Educator of the Year' (2011) and an Award for Teaching excellence in the Australian Awards for University Teaching Excellence (2018). April is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education and on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education. In addition to her research in management education, April’s disciplinary research in the area of institutional maintenance and change has received two Australian Research Council grants and been published in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal.
Dr Amanda White
Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the UTS Business School and has been teaching accounting for over 15 years, specialising in auditing and assurance. She is passionate about embedding employability skill development into the curriculum, peer based collaborative learning and academic integrity. Amanda and a small team of students have created a board game on academic integrity to encourage students to better understand what practices are and are not acceptable in the academic world. Amanda is also well known for Amanda Loves to Audit - her YouTube channel with over 250 videos on auditing, over 2.2 million views and over 22,000 subscribers. She loves to help her colleagues create and share engaging educational content on a budget.
2018 Domestic Visiting Scholars
Professor Rod O’Donnell
Professor Rod O’Donnell, furnished with degrees in Civil Engineering, Economics and Philosophy (including a PhD from Cambridge University), was Professor of Economics at Macquarie University for many years and is now at UTS. Befitting his formation, he is interested in both thought (conceptual analysis) and action (practical solutions).
His research interests in economics are broad, including the conceptual foundations of economics, different schools of economic thought, the theories and policies of JM Keynes, decision-making under uncertainty, philosophies of probability and their implications for economics, economic and political approaches to inequality, the history of economic thought, and the complexities of opportunity cost. His research has been funded by ARC grants over 16 years.
He is just as concerned with the teaching of economics, especially the fostering of rich sets of graduate attributes, weaknesses in current teaching methods in economics, and more horizon-expanding and motivational ways of teaching the discipline.
Dr Gigi Foster
Dr Gigi Foster is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales. Her research into education, behavioural economics, and Australian policy is regularly covered in national media outlets and informs public debates. Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation, interactivity, and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She served on the National Economics Learning Standards working party, is the most junior female inaugural member of Australia’s National Economic Panel, and co-hosts The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program, with Peter Martin on ABC RN.
Associate Professor Lan Snell
Associate Professor Lan Snell is the Program Director for the Global MBA at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. She is the academic lead for curriculum development, quality control, and the delivery of digital, integrative experiences for the Global MBA.
Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University, Lan was the Director of Education Services and MBA Director for UTS Business School where she led the implementation of strategic educational projects in the areas of blended learning, curatorship of resources and original production, re-accreditation and development and quality assurance of the MBA.
Lan is committed to research that delivers impact and benefit for individuals, organisations, and society. Given advances in technology have fundamentally changed the way service is delivered and experienced, Lan is curious about the role of technology-enabled services in improving individual and societal well-being. She is also interested in how firms seek service-led growth as well as understanding organisation and employee issues relevant to successful service. Lan has publications in journals including European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Services Theory and Practice, Health Marketing Services, and European Heart Journal.
Mr Scott Copeland
Scott Copeland is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia Business School and is course coordinator for a large first year financial accounting course. Scott has served as a member of the Business School Teaching and Learning Committee.
Scott’s academic career has focussed on the development of high quality and engaging courses for first year accounting students studying on-campus, in distance mode and internationally.
Scott’s research interests centre on accounting education, with a particular focus on student development as well as transition from secondary education into the tertiary sector. In 2014 Scott was elected to role of Secretary of the AFAANZ Accounting Education Special Interest Group. This research focus complements Scott’s previous career as a secondary school teacher and continuing involvement with this sector as a subject expert for Accounting working with the SACE Board.
Scott has also worked closely with the accounting professional bodies in exploring the opportunities to encourage secondary school students to choose to further their studies in business at University.
2017 Domestic Visiting Scholars
Associate Professor Alberto Motta
Alberto Motta is an Associate Professor of Economics at UNSW Australia. He studied at Boston University and University of Padua where he received his PhD in economics. Alberto’s research focuses on developing theoretical models and applying econometric methods to study the types and features of organizational design that are most effective. His current work focuses on designing and evaluating organizational solutions for microfinance institutions, for-profit and not-for profit firms, enforcement agencies and media outlets.Alberto together with Associate Professor Isabella Dobrescu are the co-creators of UniPlay, a novel, research-driven approach to education.
Dr Denise Jackson
Denise Jackson is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Work-Integrated Learning programs in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She is the State Chair (Western Australia) for the Australian Collaborative Education Network, the peak body for WIL in Australia, and sits on the ACEN National Board of Directors. Her research interests include graduate employment and underemployment, the transition from university to the workplace, career development learning, graduate employability and work-integrated learning.