ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board oversees the development and quality assurance of programs at Academies Australasia Polytechnic. Academies Australasia Polytechnic aims to deliver programs that are current and relevant to industry. Experienced academics and professionals who possess the relevant academic, discipline-based expertise and professional knowledge sit on our Academic Board. They provide the independence to promote the academic quality of our programs, facilitate governance of academic processes and advise the Directors on the future strategic development of the educational activities of Academies Australasia Polytechnic.
PURPOSE OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD
The Academic Board has three main functions:
  • the provision of academic oversight for the development of new curricula, programs, pedagogy and the maintenance of academic quality, standards and integrity;
  • recommending the granting of awards to students; and
  • formulating and implementing a coherent and rigorous academic and educational strategy including the development of new courses and programs.

The Academic Board is responsible for formulating and reviewing policies, rules, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters and playing an active role in assuring consistently high quality program delivery, teaching and scholarly activity.

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COMPOSITION OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD
Tunde Meikle (Chair)
  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Principal Psychologist of Psychnational, Consulting
  • Board Member, Art Gallery of Ballarat
  • Human Research Ethics Committee of MCD University
  • Human Research Ethics Committee of Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital
Dr Mohan Dass
  • Academic Dean, Academies Australasia Polytechnic
  • Former Program Director, Masters of Management, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  • Lecturer and Convenor, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Reece Thomas
  • Faculty Head: VET Programs, Academies Australasia Polytechnic
Dr Deidre Giblin
PhD (Fed Uni); M.Bus (Tourism Dev) Grad Cert Ed., (Tertiary) B.A (Fine Art)
  • Higher Education at Academies Australasia Polytechnic
  • Academic, previously with the Victoria University and Federation University
Dr Suzanne Zyngier
PhD (Monash); MIMS (Hons) (Monash)
  • Consultant
  • Immediate past Associate Dean International, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University
  • Owner and Principal, Knowledge Services Pty. Ltd.
  • Areas of expertise are knowledge retention and transfer; knowledge & information strategies.
  • Significant expertise in tertiary education, with focus on governance, leadership and internationalization.
  • Supervise PhD students at La Trobe University
Dr Keith Thomas
PhD (Deakin); MBA (Macquarie); Grad. Dip. Strategic Studies (ANU); Grad. Dip. In Information Systems (University of Canberra);
  • Associate Professor, Deputy Director, The Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Head of Evaluation, and Academic Development
  • Discipline Leader (Management), Senior Lecturer, Victoria University
  • Senior Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for Global Leadership and Work and Organizational Systems at Victoria University, School of Business
  • Areas of expertise: staff & curriculum development, leadership and organisational development and change management. Specialties: Teaching and learning related - including critical thinking, curriculum development and program evaluation.
  • Current research is in two areas: in T&L related subjects, and in leadership and strategic human resource development.
Student Representative
  • Nominated annually from Academies Australasia Polytechnic students or graduates
The Academic Board established the following committees to oversee the implementation of academic governance policies, processes and strategies.
The Courses Committee
The Courses Committee oversees the development of new programs and the review and improvement of existing programs to ensure all courses and programs at Academies Australasia Polytechnic are of a consistently high quality. In addition the Courses Committee ensures that the graduate outcomes of these programs are aligned with Academies Australasia Polytechnic’s (AAPoly) Graduate Attributes, also having regard to external regulation requirements. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

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The Academic Standards and Quality Committee
The Academic Standards and Quality Committee monitors and ensures that structures and delivery of programs accord with appropriate regulation standards and align with AAPoly’s quality assurance principles and practice. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

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The Teaching and Learning Committee
The Teaching and Learning Committee contributes to discussions and advancement regarding teaching and learning policy, identify and promote best practice in teaching and learning accord with appropriate regulation standards and align with AAPoly’s quality assurance principles and practice. The Teaching and Learning Committee also has regard to facilitation of academic developments and scholarly activities, whether internally driven or externally indicated. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

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