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Higher Education Refereed papers Arts Festivals and academic collaboration

27 Apr 2011

Besides delivering lectures and teaching, Higher Education academic staff at NMIT are also engaged in research and collaboration activities.

Some of the outside activities include presenting refereed papers at international conferences, attending international arts festivals or music workshops, as guest speakers for graduation events or engaging in negotiations for exchange programs and other cooperative programs enhancing the education experience for NMIT degree students.

A brief summary this semester of noteworthy activities by Higher Education academic staff from NMIT includes:

International Conference Presentations (Refereed Papers Accepted) for Semester 1 2011

Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis - Head of Program of Bachelor of Writing and Publishing - is presenting a paper at 2011 Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, San Antonia Texas, USA April 20-23 2011

Mr Jeffrey Kidd - Head of Program Higher Education Hospitality Management - is presenting a paper at the 9th Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE) Conference, Hong Kong, 2-5 June, 2011.

Mr Stephen Pascoe - Lecturer, Bachelor of Illustration - is presenting a paper at Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes Dessinées and Comics and Graphic Novels and Comics, Manchester UK, July 5-6, 2011

Dr Charlotte Brack - Senior Lecturer (Flexible Learning) - is presenting a paper at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia, Sydney, July 2011.

Invited International Performances and Music Consultations

Mr Jonathon Dimond (Head of Program) and Mr Adrian Sherriff (Lecturer) in the Bachelor of Music program are invited presenters at the 34th Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore

Mr Adrian Sherriff will be undertaking a Jazz Workshop at Musikschule Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Berlin, Germany

Academic Collaboration with California Polytechnic State University

Subsequent to Dr Christine Spratt's visit in October 2011, Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis (HOP Bachelor of Writing and Publishing) is meeting with the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and CalPoly College of Arts Executive in April to begin discussions regarding student exchange programs and other potential academic research and teaching and learning cooperation.

NMIT and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) have a history of contact and engagement between academic staff between the two organisations. In 2009 Cal Poly's Animal Science Head Dr Andrew Thulin visited NMIT to inspect the aquaculture, equine, farm, and hospitality facilities and engage with NMIT staff.

Invited Speaker - Graduation Address

Dr Christine Spratt, who is Deputy Director Programs Higher Education at NMIT, has been invited by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat Professor David Battersby to give the Graduation Address at the University's School of Nursing on May 6th 2011.


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