Academic leaders

Professor Alwyn Louw

Vice Chancellor

Alwyn Louw was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University in January 2020 following a distinguished 20-year career in senior academic leadership and management experience. This included serving as President of the University and Academic President at Monash South Africa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research at Vaal University of Technology (South Africa) and Vice Principal at the University of South Africa.

A sociologist by training, Professor Louw has published extensively on a broad range of issues including societal development, gender equity, civil society and community, future of education, new generation universities, research and innovation. Professor Louw is also highly regarded for his work in building new approaches to higher education by ensuring access to high-quality education for all through a deliberate focus shift to inclusivity and affordability.

Professor Louw has extensive private, civic and charitable sector experience including serving as Chair and Director of South Africa Private Higher Education, Chair of Board of Directors for Africa, Operation Mobilisation, President of South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chair Pro Christo Global Mission and Chair of Cancer Association in Kimberley (South Africa).

Professor Louw studied Sociology (BA Hons and Masters) at the University of the Free State (South Africa) and obtained his PhD in Sociology from Vista University (South Africa).

Professor Justin Beilby

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research

Professor Justin Beilby was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research in January 2020 before this he was Vice-Chancellor. Professor Beilby is focused on driving a major growth phase that includes the development of vibrant academic communities across Business & Hospitality, Creative Technology & Design, and Health & Education verticals, continued development and launch of new programs, national campus expansion and the fostering of innovative research programs.

Torrens University is a dual sector University and Professor Beilby 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. 

Professor Beilby 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.

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 30 years, combined with an extensive senior management career.

Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen

Deputy Vice Chancellor Global, Academic

Professor Emeritus Helmut Lueckenhausen is Pro Vice Chancellor Academic at Torrens University and Deputy Director Academic Think Education. He leads the academic team within the Office of the Vice Chancellor covering the Centre for Learning, Teaching & Scholarship, Learning Services and chairs the Retention Project, the Executive Learning and Teaching Committee and the Academic Policy and Appeals Committees of the Academic Board.

Professor Lueckenhausen 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.

Professor Lueckenhausen 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, he was Pro Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak.

Professor Lueckenhausen 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 and Hospitality

Dr Greg Harper

Pro Vice Chancellor, Business and Hospitality

At Torrens, Dr Greg Harper 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.

Dr 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 and Creative Technology

Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside

Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology

Scott has more than 20 years of academic experience, leading various programs, schools and faculties across Europe, Asia and Australia. Trained as an industrial designer, he moved into design management and later acquired a PhD from the Centre for Studies in Higher Education at University of Melbourne. Scott is a strong advocate for internationalisation, industry-engaged teaching, high-quality student outcomes and interdisciplinary research. His own research interests intersect the disciplines of design education, higher education policy, design strategy and innovation.

Health

Professor Cath Rogers

Dean of Health

Professor Cath Rogers is a registered nurse and a health education and research leader with a national reputation for balancing ‘heart and head’. Building from her nursing background plus her bachelor’s studies in psychology, Professor Rogers’ PhD focused on rural women’s resilience in the face of breast cancer. She has continued her focus on resilience as an emotional strength which has application for nurses and other health care professionals, as well as for those living with illness.

Her PhD students have extended this focus to include explorations of the health-related experiences of frail elderly people accessing health care, women with postnatal depression, university students and cancer survivors who have found strength through spirituality and connections to the land. Professor Rogers is excited to be part of Torrens University, 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 University,  Professor Rogers 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.

Professor Rogers 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.

Professor Rogers 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.

Research

Professor Kerry London

Pro Vice Chancellor, Research

Professor Kerry London joined the Torrens University Australia as the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) in September 2020. She brings an extensive tertiary experience having held a number of senior leadership roles across Australian Universities.

Professor London is a prolific researcher and an international leader in her research field of the built environment, and particularly design collaboration, project management, technology adoption, ethics, supply chain economics and internationalisation.

She has authored more than 200 peer review publications and currently holds six Australian Research Council grants. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Building (Research) and was awarded a PhD from University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Kerry London joined the Torrens University Australia as the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) in September 2020. She brings an extensive tertiary experience having held a number of senior leadership roles across Australian Universities.

Professor London is a prolific researcher and an international leader in her research field of the built environment, and particularly design collaboration, project management, technology adoption, ethics, supply chain economics and internationalisation.

She has authored more than 200 peer review publications and currently holds six Australian Research Council grants. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Building (Research) and was awarded a PhD from University of Melbourne, Australia.

Academic

Professor Edith Blass

Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic

Professor Blass has a long-standing associate of Torrens University Australia, including as a former Academic Director and Director of Futures prior to rejoining us as Pro Vice Chancellor Academic.  She moved to Australia over 10 years ago following a successful academic career in the UK and has been instrumental in the development of the practice-based PhD, and supervised our very first Torrens University PhD candidate to successful completion.  In her sabbatical from Torrens University she set up the Inventorium, an alternative online high school provision for disengaged teens, following her passion for education design, disruption and inclusion.

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