Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Kate MacNeill

Associate Dean Education and Students in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

In the role of Associate Dean Education and Students Kate MacNeill has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Faculty’s Transformative Learning Strategy across a portfolio of undergraduate and graduate studies, and graduate research.  With a background in law and economics she had extensive experience in policy work in the government and non-government sector prior to returning to study art history and obtaining a PhD in Art History (Identity and contemporary Australian art). As an Associate Professor in the Arts and Cultural Management graduate coursework program, her research interests include the intersection between law and artistic practice, leadership in the arts and cultural sector, and ethics and creative practices. She was a co-researcher on the project iDARE – Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research, funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (Australian Government), and is currently a member of a research team led by RMIT on an ARC Linkage project that addresses the economic well-being of artists and arts workers in the visual arts sector.

Dr. Tracy Zou, Assistant Professor

Department of Education Administration and Policy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tracy is passionate about exploring the ways that academics develop their teaching practices. In her role as an assistant professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Tracy conducts research in the areas of internationalisation of the curriculum, intercultural learning, and teaching and research nexus and adopts her research findings to support academics’ professional development across HKU. She recently completed a three-year government-funded project on ‘Internationalising teaching and learning in Hong Kong higher education through building professional capacity’, through which she generated insights into how a community of practice supported academics’ development in internationalising the curriculum. Based on her research work, Tracy also contributes to the field through service commitments. For example, she served as a chairperson for an International Conference on Online Internationalisation in 2020 and a guest moderator in a course on Internationalisation of the Curriculum offered by Boston College. Tracy is also an associate editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and an editorial member of the Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Digital Learning Portfolio, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe is QUT institutional lead for digital learning. He leads the Digital Learning Portfolio (DLP), located within the Learning and Teaching Unit. The DLP supports digital learning approaches and technologies throughout QUT and directly leads both the Curriculum Design Studios and the Next Gen Learning initiative. Having joined QUT in 2019, his wealth of experience in strategic leadership, management, development and implementation of innovative and flexible education and training delivery, is clearly visible in his previous role as Director, Learning and Teaching Centre at the Australian Catholic University.  Prior to this Kevin held the role of Director, Information Services (Learning and Teaching) at Griffith University, where he was the business owner of the University’s virtual and physical learning and teaching environments.  Former President, Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT), Kevin led a significant international reform agenda which has seen the focus of this group shift from an ‘Australian’ to an ‘Australasian’ one and, at the same time, enhanced its focus away from representing ‘Directors of Academic Development’ and towards, ‘University Leaders in Learning and Teaching’. To that end, CAULLT successfully signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TEQSA (July 2019) and Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Group has appointed one of their members as a liaison. An Officer in the Royal Australian Army Education Corps, Kevin holds a reserve appointment at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  A trained high school teacher, Kevin has also worked as an economic development officer and committee administrator.

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