EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL

 
THE EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL
The Expert Advisory Panel provides high level advice and recommendations to the AAPoly Board of Directors and the Academic Board. Membership of the panel is by invitation, drawing on a mix of academic and non-academic experts to make available a breadth of advice in support of AAPoly's corporate and academic governance.

Terms of Reference
Members of the Expert Advisory Panel are:
Dr Stephanie Burns

Originally trained as a computer engineer in the US Army, Dr Stephanie Burns started her career as an educator designing and teaching programs on the practical use of computers. Initially consulting for NASA, ABC-TV (America), General Electric and other large US corporates, Dr Burns went on to research the subject of learning, working with some of the leading thinkers at that time in the areas of education and human behaviour. During this period, Dr Burns also worked as a trainer for the US Supercamp program, teaching her learning strategies to teenagers. Dr Burns also developed the "Learning to Learn" program which she has since taught to over 40,000 students throughout Australia and New Zealand.

In 1994, Stephanie Burns commenced a PhD program with the University of South Australia, focussing on the emotional experience of the adult learner and goal achievement. Her doctorate was awarded in April of 2000.

Since 1999, Dr Burns focused her efforts on the development of teaching methods for producing quality learning via technology. She offers much of her own course material in these forms as demonstrations of the methods in practice. She is also developing a new way of thinking about "environments" suitable to support learners who engage in on-line learning events. Several of these unique environments containing "learning how to learn" content can be viewed via her website.
 
Dr Leslie Kilmartin
BA(Hons), MA, PhD, Principal of The Insight Group

Dr Kilmartin draws from his extensive background in the higher education sector to focus on key searches for universities and other education institutions. He provides his clients with a strong understanding of many senior management functions, drawing on his extensive experience in budget development, strategic planning, human resource management, development of strategic alliances, academic exchange and study abroad program development, campus and infrastructure development as well as his experience working with local government and community groups. Dr Kilmartin has an extensive network of professional contacts throughout Australia and internationally, including United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, France and Israel. Dr Kilmarting held various professional positions and was Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean and Professor of Regional and Urban Studies at La Trobe University. He has also held senior academic positions at Swinburne University. His academic background includes a first class honours degree in psychology from the University of Queensland, a Master’s degree from the Australian National University and a PhD from La Trobe University.
 
Dr Keith Thomas
PhD, Deakin University; MBA, Macquarie University; GradDip (Strategic Studies), Australian National University; GradDip (InfoSys), University of Canberra
Extracted from https://www.vu.edu.au/contact-us/keith-thomas

Dr Keith Thomas is currently Discipline Leader (Management), Senior Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for Global Leadership and Work and Organizational Systems within the School of Business, Victoria University. Dr Thomas previously served as Associate Professor and Deputy Director of The Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previous positions include Senior Lecturer within the School of Business at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus, the University of New South Wales, and the Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University. He has also worked in parallel for some years as a research supervisor at the Mt Eliza Business School, Melbourne. Higher education roles in the Australian Defence Organisation include senior staff development and research appointments at the Army Command and Staff College, Directorate of Army Research Analysis, Joint Services Staff College and the then Australian Defence Studies Centre at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Dr Thomas has taught under-graduate and post-graduate (MBA & MIB) programs in Australia, China and Vietnam, and has worked in quality assurance and curriculum development roles at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has received grants as Principal Investigator for 5 projects totalling HKD 3 million and as Co-Investigator for 2 projects totalling HKD 1.5 million. Dr Thomas has authored a number of major reports in his military career, including a study into the Risk Management Training Needs for ADF personnel, and is the principal author of the Army Leadership Handbook. Areas of expertise include staff & curriculum development, leadership and organisational development and change management. Current research involves teaching & learning related subjects, leadership and strategic human resource development.
 
Dr Helen Weadon
PhD & MEd, ACU Melbourne; Bed, University of South Australia; Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment (TAA40104)

Helen has had extensive experience as an educator and leader in secondary education across two states in both the Catholic and Public sectors. Helen was instrumental in introducing the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to the Catholic system in the Ballarat region. Helen sat on the VCAL Board for 2 years. She has also sat on the Central Highlands Adult, Community & Further Education (ACFE) Board for one year. Helen joined Federation University (TAFE) assisting the facilitation of the Bachelor of Applied Management (a pathway degree that has the diploma and advanced diploma as a pathway into 6 Victorian regional TAFEs - Sunraysia TAFE; Goulburn Ovens TAFE; Wodonga TAFE; Central Gippsland TAFE; Bendigo TAFE; Kangan TAFE - and 5 interstate TAFEs - West Coast Institute, Perth; TAFE Queensland, Southbank; Brisbane and Sydney Institute; Western Sydney Institute; South Western Sydney Institute. Helen has delivered professional development sessions to each of the listed TAFEs. More recently, Helen has served in the role of Undergraduate Business Degrees Program Manager of Federation University Australia’s Business School where she has lectured in Management and Principles of Responsible Business Education as well as overseeing the introduction of Work Integrated Learning into the Business program. In her relatively short academic career, Helen has been awarded a $30,000 Commonwealth Government Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPP) grant in 2014 and led the project team who explored the challenges of mature age VET students in partner institutes as they “adjust” to higher education. Helen has published a paper in the International Journal of Training Research and has recently been successful in having a paper accepted for the Journal of Management & Organization. Helen has presented at various conferences on vocational education, teaching and learning and business ethics. Her research interests include pathways for TAFE students into higher education, mature age learners, professional development, knowledge management, human resource management and the role of Business Schools in preparing ethical leaders for the future.