Officers of Academic Board
Chair of the Academic Board
Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM
Qualifications: BA Hons (Melb), PhD (Monash)
Professor Ruth Rentschler is Chair Academic Board and Chair and Professor in Arts and Entertainment Management, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has a combined BA honours degree in Fine Arts (First Class Honours, First Place) and German from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Monash University.
Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions with start-up, research and development foci. Current relevant leadership positions include board member at Art Gallery of Ballarat, Duldig Studio, Multicultural Arts Victoria and VicHealth. She is Chair of the VicHealth Human Research Ethics Committee. She is a Research Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange Service or the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Sydney establishing the doctoral student mentorship and development program.
Professor Ruth Rentschler, Chair of the Academic Board
Other leadership positions include ones where she has contributed to strategic initiatives such as: Director External Research Program; Executive Director, Centre for Leisure Management Research; Foundation Director Arts and Entertainment Management program; Associate Head of School Research; and Interim Head, School of Management and Marketing.
Professor Rentschler came to academia in 1994 after a career in industry in human resource management, with a strong emphasis on staff development at a senior level. She established the HRM and development function for the opening of the Regent Melbourne Hotel, designing and implementing the recruitment, training and development, and employee relations strategies for the hotel.
Professor Rentschler is on the editorial board of various refereed international journals. She is the book review editor for the International Journal of Arts Management. She is convenor of the doctoral symposium for the XII International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, Bogota, Columbia 2013.
Deputy Chair of the Academic Board
Professor Chris Hickey
Qualifications: PhD (Deakin), M Ed (UWA), BPE (UWA)
Professor Hickey is readily called on to provide expertise and leadership within his discipline, wherein he was made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 2010. In 2014 he received an Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria. He was previously a recipient of a Citation from the Carrick Institute for excellence in the field of Doctoral education.
He was an expert reviewer on the Australian National Curriculum and is a member of the Routledge Education Panel of Experts in recognition of his role as Chief Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education.
He is widely published across 25 years of scholarly engagement and has been chief investigator on numerous ARC Grants. In 2012 he lead the establishment of the David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change, and continues to act as custodian for this annual Deakin event.
Professor Chris Hickey
Deputy Chair Academic Board