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Academic Board Candidates' Statements

Faculty of Arts and Education academic staff

Mr Matthew HARDY

Mat is a lecturer in Middle East Studies. He wishes to be on the Academic Board because of his interest in the teaching and learning policy at Deakin. Mat’s PhD examines the use of online collaborative environments for delivering International Relations and Politics and how this can address institutional graduate attribute objectives. Mat has published research in this area as well, examining issues such as ensuring equity for off-campus students, facilitating active learning and intensifying learner engagement. In 2011 Mat was the recipient of teaching excellence awards from both the VC and the Faculty of Arts.

Dr Karen LANE

Karen has been employed at Deakin since 1996 in research, teaching and administrative capacities. Past and present service commitments include: member of the DUHREC ethics committee for several years and the HEAG ethics committee. Teaching commitments: unit chair of a large units across campuses; Director of the Masters of Applied Social Research; principal supervisor of numerous PhD, Masters and Honours theses. Research commitments: primary research activity resides in health sociology and maternity care arrangements in Australia and in pacific island nations.

Dr Stephen MACKEY

Dr Steve Mackey is asking for endorsement for a second and final term as a member of the current Academic Board. Steve is a senior lecturer and an active researcher with a commensurate student load. He has served as President of the NTEU since December 2011 and has been involved in the current, soon to be concluded Enterprise Bargaining process. He has been active in union and University affairs for more than 20 years including terms on predecessor Academic Boards.

Associate Professor Bernadette WALKER-GIBBS

Bernadette has worked in the Australian Higher Education sector for over 15 years. She is currently an Associate Professor on the Warrnambool Campus at Deakin University. Bernadette’s research has been in rural and regional school and university contexts where the focus has been on helping develop skills for the 21st Century in these communities. Bernadette has been an active member of Academic board for three years and would like to continue to represent the Faculty if elected. Bernadette is committed to continuing to advocate for alternate pathways to higher education that ensures quality education for the future

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Faculty of Business and Law Faculty academic staff

Associate Professor Samantha HEPBURN

Associate Professor Dr Samantha Hepburn holds a PhD from Melbourne University. She has been with the Deakin Law School since 2004, she has taught at Australian National University and Monash University as well. Samantha has published extensively on coal seam gas and unconventional gas regulation and has a strong media profile in this area. Broader areas of research and publication include property and land law, environmental property, natural resource management and indigenous land interests. Samantha is an integral part of the law school and has supervised and is supervising PhD students.

Dr Bob LI

Bob’s academic experience is well balanced with commercial expertise. He started his career as a research engineer in the commodity industry and later became a futures analyst. He also worked as an investment analyst in banking and utility industries. The last industry position he held before turning into academics was senior research analyst. He has deep understandings of financial markets, instruments and equity/portfolio analysis/management. Bob has many high quality publications, including an article in Journal of Portfolio Management.

Dr Achinto ROY

Achinto completed his PhD, Masters and Honours in Management from University of Canterbury in preparation for a second career as an academic. Prior to that, he held senior consulting/ management positions as a Chartered Accountant at Mumbai, India. At Deakin, he serves on the faculty board, school committee and as Dean’s envoy. He has a service track record that includes past memberships of academic/ research committees, business councils, trade promotion bodies, sports clubs, board memberships of international schools, education trusts and as founder-trustee of a charitable trust. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr Michael TSE

Michael is a lecturer at the School of Accounting, Economic and Finance with teaching and research interests in management accounting, electronic commerce and higher education. He is a former co-editor of the Journal of Internet Business and an ad hoc reviewer for several journals in accounting and information systems. Michael has board and committee experience from both within and outside university sector. Currently he is a Member of the Faculty of Business and Law Board, the Vice-President of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and the Secretary of the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices.

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Dr Ambika ZUTSHI

Dr Ambika Zutshi holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Management discipline. Her qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, a Masters’ degree in Environmental Management and PhD. She has been with Deakin since 2004 and in that time taught a number of undergraduate and Honours units. Ambika is the Academic Progress Committee Co-Chair for the Burwood campus. She has also presented her research findings at national and internal conferences and published widely in her areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics, role of stakeholders in the Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and supply chain management.

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Faculty of Health academic staff


Dr Jaclyn Broadbent has been a full-time lecturer in the School of Psychology for the last two years. She runs the School’s largest unit, with 2000+ students. Dr Broadbent’s focus is learning and teaching, and she is passionate about inspiring and engaging students in meaningful learning journeys. Her work in this area was recognized recently by a 2012 Australian National Teaching citation award. Dr Broadbent is particularly keen to join Academic Board in order to promote a student experience that is rich and varied, with evidence based teaching and a whole-of-course approach to continuous quality improvement to achieve these objectives.

Dr Linda BYRNE

Dr Linda Byrne is a Senior Lecturer and active researcher in the School of Psychology. She commenced with Deakin in 2005 and has served on Faculty of Health Board for past five years. She teaches primarily at the postgraduate level in the area of Psychological Assessment. She is a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Association.

Dr Judith CURREY

Dr Judy Currey (PhD, RN, BN, BN(Hons), GradCertHigherEd, GradCertSc(AppStats) CritCareCert) is an A/Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the SONM. Judy has served on and chaired school teaching and research committees for the past 7 years, been a member of the School Leadership group since its inception 3 years ago, and served on Alfred Hospital’s Nursing Ethics Committee for 7 years. In the past year, Judy has served on Deakin University’s Course Management Group. Judy is the immediate past Chair of ACCCN’s Research Advisory Panel, and the Nursing Research Council, The International Society for Heart-Lung Transplantation.


Stuart is a research academic with a background in physiology and biomedical sciences related to health and exercise. Graduating from The University of Melbourne (PhD in Medicine, 1998), Stuart received a lectureship in the Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (1998 – 2008) serving as course director (Masters in Exercise Physiology) and Deputy Head of Department (2005 – 2008). Stuart joined Deakin in 2008 (Lecturer in Exercise Physiology; School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences), and is presently Deputy Course Director for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), and is the School Academic Progress Committee (APC) Chair.

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Faculty of Science and Technology academic staff

Dr Riyadh AL-AMERI

Dr Al-Ameri is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and chartered Structural Engineer. He started at Deakin in 2010 as Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, with more than 25 years of mixed academic and industrial experience and involved significantly with academia, research, construction industry and consultations. BSc in Civil Engineering, Baghdad University; MSc & PhD in Structural Engineering, Cardiff University. Appointed as Visiting Academic and Honorary Associate at the Civil Engineering Department, Monash (2005), and Engineering Manager at international consultant (2006-2010). He obtained Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government (2005) and received Teaching Excellence Awards from Baghdad University, IRAQ (2001) and Deakin (2012).

Dr Vicky MAK

Dr Vicky Mak-Hau completed a PhD in 2002 at The University of Melbourne in the area of Combinatorial Optimisation. Following her PhD, she completed two years of postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mathematical and Information Sciences Division, CSIRO and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne. In 2004, she joined Deakin as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009. Her research interests include treatment planning optimisation of radiotherapy. Previously she has served as a member of the SEBE Faculty Board, DU-HREC committee, as well as the Chair of HEAG (Faculty of SEBE).


Dr Aman Than Oo has completed Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Masters of Engineering and PhD from IIUM, University of Melbourne and Victoria University respectively. Aman was with the CQ University as the Lecturer in Electrical Power Systems and Senior Lecture in Electrical Power Engineering. He has joined Deakin in January 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. Aman is the Course Director of Bachelor of Engineering and has held a number of positions related to the academic governance, teaching and learning. He is committed to deliver an engineering course with high quality and committed to provide a good learning experience for his students.


Janine has been a lecturer at teaching at Deakin for over 20 years. Having had her first term on Academic Board representing the Faculty for the past two years, it has become clear to Janine how important it is to have academic staff on the Board who represent those staff with a strong teaching focus. While I absolutely recognise that teaching and research are equally important at Deakin, I would like to continue to be a voice representing those with a passion for good teaching that enables our students to become independent learners.

Dr Giovanni TURCHINI

Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini has a MSc and a PhD from the University of Milan, Italy, and in 2004 moved to the LES, Deakin, Warrnambool Campus. Giovanni has been a recipient of two ARC funded Discovery fellowships (APD 2007-2009 & ARF 2010-2014), is proactively engaged in teaching and research activities, and is the campus HDR-coordinator. Giovanni’s research interests span from nutrition (animal and human) to food and seafood quality, lipids, fatty acid and omega-3 metabolism, and ethical issues encountered in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Giovanni has published extensively and his work is highly cited.

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Associate Professor Yong XIANG

Yong Xiang received his PhD degree from the University of Melbourne in 2003. After completing his PhD, he joined Deakin as a Research Academic. He is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Information Technology. He has extensive experience in teaching, research and service. He is the Associate Head of School of IT (Research), Chair of School Research Committee, member of School Advisory Board, and member of Faculty Research and Research Training Committee. He was a member of School Teaching and Learning Committee, VTAC Selection Officer, and CPL Officer.

Professor Jeong YOON

Prof Jeong Yoon is currently Professor of Applied Mechanics at School of Engineering and jointly Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Institute for Frontier Materials, since July 1, 2013. He has published over 180 technical papers for international journals and conferences (Total Citations: over 2000, H-index: 24). He received “2008 International Journal of Plasticity Award” for outstanding contributions in the field of plasticity. He has been serving as an “Editorial-Board” for International Journal of Plasticity since 2008. He is serving as the chairman of NUMISHEET2014 conference which is the most important conference in the field of sheet metal forming.

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Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

29th October 2013