PROFESSOR JUSTIN BEILBY
As a dual sector University Justin believes in the importance of the VET Sector in developing a balanced and sustainable workforce to satisfy the needs of the whole Australian community. Providing broad educational access to as many students as possible is a real passion for him. In the research area Universities are being challenged to work in trusted partnerships with industry and this is seen as a priority for all the research development within Torrens University. Justin believes that students need to graduate with world class discipline knowledge and with documented skills in working in teams, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving. Industry placements should become, over time a core requirement for all students as we provide the educational pathways for satisfying employment
Working in partnership with 75 Laureate Universities, world wide and drawing upon the combined intellectual input of a global academic team it is an exciting and captivating time as the University continues to grow and expand. Justin is Chairing the establishment of a new global research health service partnership with academic colleagues in South America, Spain, United States and Mexico.
Justin has demonstrated experience and skills in research, both clinical and policy related, workforce planning, financial and people management, philanthropic funding, leading major capital programs, leading change programs and governance. Justin is a qualified practising General Practitioner, board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the past 20 years, combined with an extensive senior management career.
EMERITUS PROFESSOR HELMUT LUECKENHAUSEN
PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR ACADEMIC
Helmut has many years’ experience in the academic aspects of design, from a lecturer in 3D Design to Dean, Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Helmut led the Faculty (previously the National School of Design) into becoming a significant international force in the field of design, including increasing onshore international student numbers eightfold as well setting up programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Successful programs were similarly set up with Billy Blue in Sydney. Helmut led the establishment of the National Institute for Design Research, and the development of new policies and programs for design practice-led research and re-introduced the Swinburne School of Film and Television. Most recently, Helmut was Pro Vice-Chancellor Internationalisation at Swinburne, providing senior academic leadership and advocacy including curriculum developments, staff capability, graduate attributes, and the research endeavour. Previous to this role, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak.
Helmut is a leading exponent in the field of studio furniture and design for wood, having maintained a regular national and international lecture program, including forum, conference and workshop presentations. His work is in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and state collections throughout Australia. He was honoured with a survey exhibition of his life’s work 11 April – 11 June 2015 by the Art Gallery of Warrnambool.
Business & Hospitality
DR GREG HARPER
PRO VICE CHANCELLOR, BUSINESS & HOSPITALITY
At Torrens, Greg is Dean, Business & Hospitality, following his role as Pro Vice Chancellor, Business and Entrepreneurship. In this role, he provides educational and academic leadership for Torrens University’s business and hospitality programs. A key focus is the growth of these programs in Australia by providing programs that ensure students are both very employable and resourceful. These highly valued programs will be delivered in most capital cities and online. A second key focus is developing executive learning and development programs for organisations in Australia. The final key focus is the development of strategies to foster and facilitate industry engagement across the University to enhance the employment outcomes of graduates and to promote industry-engaged research.
Greg Harper is a highly experienced educator, executive, leader, and consultant. The former General Manager of Swinburne Industry Solutions, Greg has held a number of senior executive positions in the public and private sectors: for example, Chief Executive of a large Queensland TAFE Institute and a Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Education and Training. He is a highly experienced organisational development consultant having worked with some of Australia’s leading corporations. As a leader, Greg’s focus is on developing people by providing coaching and developmental assignments.
DESIGN & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
DR MIEKE LEPPENS
DEAN, DESIGN & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Dr Mieke Leppens, Dean of Design and Creative Technology brings 30 years expertise from both academia and design practice to her role. Ensuring the maintenance of the highest standard in teaching, scholarship and research she leads an international academic team to teaching excellence and research as well as the development of external industry and academic community relationships. Mieke has been the Dean of now the Design and Creative Technology Vertical since 2016 and is not new to the Vertical. She has been consecutively been Program Director of Branded Fashion Design, a degree she developed and launched in the Vertical as well as Head of Academic studies for Post-Graduate courses since 2010 at Billy Blue College of Design.
During this time, Mieke has led faculty through several changes such developing and establishing the Masters of Design, the accreditation of the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Software Engineering degrees and the Design and Creative Technology Reseach Centre. She introduced Problem Based Learning into the new Common Core curriculum leading design practice and industry by enabling students in all areas of design to cultivate, in this computer age, highly valued soft skills such as empathy, collaboration, research and negotiation.
Having worked in many aspects of product design, from designing and the creation of meaning through branding, technological innovations in design and applied research, her interest lies in furthering design education through the adoption of emerging creative technologies, design-in-practice and design-as-practice to drive innovation in curriculum beneficial for the students, their future career opportunities and their lifelong professional endeavours as well as faculty. She actively works towards the internationalisation of the Australian design industry and has international relationships through both diplomatic and independent channels having a unique understanding of the intricacies of cultural exchanges but more importantly the value added and many benefits this brings to the country of origin and profession at large.
HEALTH & EDUCATION
EMERITUS PROFESSOR CATH ROGERS
DEAN OF HEALTH
Cath is excited to be part of Torrens, an emerging, dynamic university which is disruptive in intent and focused on establishing a national reputation as a leader in health professional education and targeted research including positive ageing
Before commencing at Torrens, Cath led the USQ nursing and midwifery school for over a decade, and oversaw its significant expansion including new campuses, new programs and new pathways for nurses and midwives.
Cath has contributed strongly at the national and state level to a health professional clinical education strategy, including working with Health Workforce Australia and chairing the Southern Queensland Clinical Education Regional Training Network. She was instrumental in the establishment of one of Australia’s newest University Departments of Rural Health (Southern Queensland Rural Health). She held the Sr Elizabeth Kenny Chair in Nursing, including the role of Director of the Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Evidence Based Practice (ACRREBP) for five years.
Cath was honoured for her contribution to the University of Southern Queensland and to health education and research, with the honorary award of ‘Professor Emeritus’ in 2018.
PROFESSOR MICK GRIMLEY
DEAN, EDUCATION & PRO VICE CHANCELLOR, RESEARCH
Professor Mick Grimley is Dean, Education & Pro Vice Chancellor, Research at Torrens and is an experienced researcher and educator with over 30 years of experience. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Mick is responsible for overseeing research and research training across the university, in particular, the facilitation and promotion of the development of strategic direction of research and improvements in the quality and impact of that research.
Mick was previously the foundational Chair of Education at Swinburne University of Technology, having established and led Education as an online and face-to-face discipline across Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teacher education. Mick is the recipient of two Vice Chancellors awards for Teaching and Inclusion and a Dean’s Award for Teaching.
Prior to joining Swinburne University Mick was Associate Professor of Education at Canterbury University where he was instrumental in the merger between the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch College of Teacher Education holding a number of leadership positions in the areas of research and course development.
In 2015 Mick led the development and implementation of the World’s first Autism MOOC approaching Autism through the lens of inclusivity, fostering understanding and equipping participants with the skills and knowledge to solve practical issues for individuals with Autism.
Prior to entering higher education, Mick was a school teacher in the UK and taught across Primary, Secondary and Further Education. He is an experienced PhD Supervisor with research interests in innovative methods of teaching and learning, new technologies, online and blended learning, engagement, motivation and experiential learning utilising both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.