FACULTY TEAM

 
Our Faculty Team
Academies Australasia Polytechnic selectively recruits faculty members who are not only academically qualified but also possess valuable industry experience and are passionate about providing quality education. All our lecturers and trainers meet the requirements of the respective regulatory standards.
 
Dr Mohan Dass Mohan – Academic Dean
PhD, Deakin University; MBA, University of East Asia, Macau; BA(Hons), University of Science, Penang, Malaysia; GradCertEd (Tertiary), Federation University Australia

Responsible for managing AAPoly’s Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and the Professional Year for Accounting. Also oversees FedUni’s masters and undergraduate courses (through a partnership arrangement). Served in several key managerial roles for the State Economic Development Authority, Penang, Malaysia, and was the HR Manager of a MNC. Served as Deputy Vice President, Academic (Deakin Program), in Malaysia. Served as Program Director for the Masters of Management at Swinburne University. Experience and expertise in public and private sector management, academic promotion & management and research skills.

Areas of Research: International Business; Change Management; Marketing; International HR; Talent Management; Contemporary Teaching and Learning; International Partnership Development; Academic Program Evaluation and Consultation.
 
Dr Stephen Spence – Associate Academic Dean; Academic Coordinator (FedUni courses)
PhD Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA; MA Theology, Australian College of Theology, Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA; BSc Computer Science, Melbourne University

Supporting the Academic Dean, provides academic leadership and direction for all academic programs within AAPoly. Oversees the development and delivery of quality teaching programs, recruitment of appropriately qualified academic leaders and teaching staff and the management of their performance. Served as Provost of Tabor in Adelaide, SA. Previous roles within Tabor (2007-2018) include Deputy Principal (Academic), Vice President of Education and Research, Dean of Theology and Social Sciences, and Head of School of Ministry, Theology, and Culture. Served as Principal of Burleigh College, SA, (2001-2006) and as lecturer in New Testament and Theology (1997-2000). On the Steering Committee of Higher Education Private Providers – Quality Network (HEPP-QN), a national board member with the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology, Tabor’s representative with the South Australia and Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), on the National Council of Deans of Theology and the South Australian State Committee of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), among others. Has published in the areas of theology and education.

Areas of Research: Teaching for Adult Learning, The Learning Organisation, Pauline Studies, and Historical Jesus Research
 
Dr Sreekanth (Sunny) Vinnakota – Program Director, BTHM
Currently pursuing Masters Digital Learning Futures, Charles Darwin University; PhD (Internet Marketing), Teacher’s University, India; MBA (Change Mgt & Strategic Mgt), MBus (Hosp), MBus (Marketing Mgt), Victoria University; Masters Tourism Mgt, Kakatiya University, India

Responsible for managing the delivery and quality of the BTHM course, running regular faculty meetings and oversee the performance of teaching staff, developing curriculum materials and assessments, coordinating student evaluation, and assessment validation and moderation. Extensive lecturing experience in range of subjects, including Marketing Management, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, International Business, and Tourism and Hospitality Management at University Sunshine Coast, Charles Darwin University and Federation University Australia, among others. Served as Change Management Consultant and Analyst for Public Transport Victoria, and Training Manager and Assistant Human Resource Development Manager for the Westin Melbourne. Areas of Research Interests include Digital & Social Media Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, Innovative Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry, and Perspectives of Technologies in changing the face of Higher Education.
 
Reece Thomas – Faculty Head of Vocational Education and Training Faculty
GrdDipMgt (Learning), Asset Training Australia, extensive Vocational qualifications

Responsible for the instructional design, regulatory compliance and training delivery of thirty eight (38) nationally accredited qualifications from six (6) industry endorsed training packages and managing teaching & administration staff of the faculty. Extensive knowledge of the Australian Vocational Education framework with 23+ years’ experience in the VET industry. Served in senior leadership and training roles in high profile business enterprises notably within Defence (Australian), Education, and Tourism and Hospitality industry sectors. Involved in developing, delivering, assessing and awarding nationally recognised training products as part of the Transnational Training and Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Accreditation Project.

Areas of specialisation: Transnational Training; Learning and Development; Regulatory Control; Operational Management; Strategic Leadership; Hospitality, Tourism and Events Operations
 
Dr Ghassan Al Soboh – Senior Lecturer, Academic Integrity and Student Discipline / Chief Examination Officer
PhD, Michigan State University, USA; MSc (Operations Research), Michigan State University, USA; BSc, Damascus University, Syria; GradCertEd (Tertiary) Federation University Australia

Responsible for managing the Academic Quality Assurance program, supervising exam processes and handling student academic and non-academic disciplinary matters. Senior lecturer with more than 30 years in academic and research positions at universities in the USA, Middle East, North Africa and Australia. Published both academic and commercial research and presented at national and international conferences.

Areas of Research: Machine Design & Computer Aided Design –CAD; Quantitative Methods – Linear Programming; Quantitative analysis; Operations Research Linear Programming “Optimisation”; Fruit and Vegetable Harvesting and Handling; Farm Machinery Management; Business Information Systems; Project Planning and Management.
 
Warwick Marturia – Course Coordinator, Lecturer
B. Bus (Tourism), Southern Cross University, GradCertEd (Tertiary) Curtin University

Course Coordinator, BTHM, and Head of Travel and Tourism Studies, Sydney campus. Responsible for the management of international students and related issues, including enrolment, intervention and exam monitoring. Extensive lecturing experience in the areas of Business and Hospitality, and Hospitality and Tourism. Extensive industry experience in Hotels and Catering in executive and managerial positions.
 
Dr Walied Askarzai – Lecturer
PhD, University of Western Sydney; MBA, Southern Cross University; BEc University of Western Sydney; GradCert (Research Studies), University of Western Sydney

Responsible for preparing, delivering and assessing units of competency, contributing to innovation, reviewing courses and facilitating online learning activities. Extensive experience lecturing a range of subjects, including Business and Economics, Management Dynamics and Marketing Principles, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management with University of Western Sydney College, Holmes College and Melbourne Institute of Technology, among others.