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Anthony (Tony) Burch

Anthony Burch


Faculty: Business and Law
Centre: Deakin Business School
Discipline: Accounting

Campus: Burwood
Phone: +61 3 924 45047
Email: a.burch@deakin.edu.au

Mr Tony Burch is Unit Chair and a lecturer in Accounting at the Deakin Business School. Before joining Deakin, Tony held a variety of senior management positions in industry, including General Manager, Production and Sales Manager, Internal Auditor and Deputy Finance Director. During this period Tony was also president and director of a chamber of commerce, director of an industry association, member of an industrial tribunal (industry representative) and president of a community apprenticeship group.

As an Industry Consultant to RMIT School of Graphic Technology, Tony served on a committee overseeing research into the future of the publishing industry. He helped develop an industry-focused degree program for the International Centre of Graphic Technology, writing a cornerstone unit and teaching it to the inaugural student cohort.

At Deakin Business School, Tony uses innovation to enhance his teaching and to engage students and mediate progressive learning. He was instrumental in developing Deakin Studies Online (DSO) as an informative and student-centred learning space for on- and off-campus postgraduate Accounting students, the majority of which are international students. Tony developed a formative online assessment platform for students to understand and reflect on their progressive learning throughout the semester. Committed to a collegial approach, he invites other academics and Deakin staff into the DSO site to make observations and provide commentary.

As a fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning in 2007, Tony investigated Community of Practice initiatives and their introduction to Deakin as a strategic imperative. He is leading a 2008 STALGS-funded project to develop an integrated student learning experience as part of a proactive approach to student retention and progression. Involving staff from faculties and the Division of Student Life, the project proposes a collaborative and learner-centred approach to encourage students to engage in learning by participating effectively in the online learning environment. Understanding how students perceive the challenges of university learning will form the basis of the design of a generic model of support for learning transition which can be embedded within course delivery across the University.

In addition, Tony is taking a leadership role in the following teaching and learning related activities:

  • promotion of and participation in learning and teaching Communities of Practice
  • continued participation in teaching and learning conferences and their communities
  • ongoing research into the scholarship of teaching and learning, knowledge transformation and mediation.


  • BBus (HRM) [C Sturt]
  • MA (Applied Communication) [RMIT]
  • GCHE [Deakin]


  • Professional Development Fellow, Deakin University Institute of Teaching and Learning

  • Visiting Fellow, University of Lancaster, UK
  • Deakin University Faculty of Business and Law Award for Rewarding and Promoting Excellent Teaching



  • STALGS Grant - Engaging students to become independent learners: creating an integrated learning experience


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