Dr Leesa Wheelahan
In addition to our Keynote Speakers, the program will feature the following outstanding Invited Speakers:
Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan works at the L.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, recognition of prior learning, credit-transfer and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, and cross-sectoral relations between Australia's vocational education and training and higher education sectors. Her book, "Why knowledge matters: a social realist argument" will be published by Routledge in 2010. She writes regularly for Campus Review, Australia’s weekly tertiary education newspaper. She has taught in tertiary education for approximately 16 years, which includes time as a TAFE teacher, in policy development, and as an academic developer at Victoria University, which is dual-sector university in Victoria that includes both TAFE and higher education divisions. Abstract.
Phil Ker is currently Chief Executive of Otago Polytechnic and was previously Executive Director of Corporate Services at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Phil has had a diverse set of experiences and has developed a broad portfolio of expertise as both an academic and an administrator in both university and polytechnic environments. Roles have included lecturing in Business (Accounting, Economics and Management) and Tertiary Teacher Education; Staff Development and management of Student Services, Human Resources and Property functions. He has particular interest in business education, staff development generally and leadership development specifically; and in the recognition of prior experiential learning. He is a member of the Board of TANZ (Tertiary Accord of New Zealand), Te Tapuae O Rehua and Ako Aotearoa (the New Zealand Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence). Abstract.
Ngaere Blair is the Director, Student Enrichment, at La Trobe University. This is a role that includes the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience and to improve student outcomes, alongside the University’s Curriculum Renewal program. Ngaere has previously worked in careers and graduate employment at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has a strong background in employment services, youth advocacy, community development and project management. Ngaere is a visual arts graduate, has a Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development and is currently studying toward a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at La Trobe University. Abstract.