Prof. Ann Austin
Dr. Ann Austin, Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.
Dr. Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. She currently coordinates the Global Initiative on Higher Education, within the Department of Educational Administration, and she held the inaugural Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from 2005 through 2008.
Professor Austin's research interests concern faculty careers, roles, and professional development, the academic workplace, organizational change and transformation in higher education, reform in doctoral education, and the improvement of teaching and learning processes in higher education. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL. She also is the Principal Investigator for a three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation entitled "How Do Organizational Change Strategies Support the Success of Women Scholars in STEM Fields? An Analysis of NSF ADVANCE Programs." Her recent books are: Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (co-authored with J. M. Gappa and A. G. Trice, 2007); Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present (co-authored with M. D. Sorcinelli, P. Eddy, and A. Beach, 2005); Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty (co-edited with D. H. Wulff, 2004); and Higher Education in the Developing World: Changing Contexts and Institutional Responses (co-edited with D.W. Chapman, 2002).
Prof. Paul Trowler
Dr. Paul Trowler, Professor in Higher Education, Lancaster University.
Dr. Paul Trowler, Professor in Higher Education, Lancaster University, has research interests which include: academic 'tribes' and their disciplinary territories; planning and managing change in universities; the implementation of planned change particularly related to the enhancement of the curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment; higher education policy-making and environmental change; cultures in universities; and approaches to evaluation. He has published a total of 19 books, 21 articles and 20 chapters as well as numerous research reports.
Paul's most recent books are Cultures and Change in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and (edited, with Murray Saunders and Roni Bamber) Enhancing Learning, Teaching Assessment and Curriculum in Higher Education: Theory, Cases, Practices (Open University Press/SRHE, 2009). A further book is in print: Reconceptualising Evaluation in Higher Education: the practice turn (edited with Murray Saunders and Roni Bamber, Open University Press). He is currently working on an edited book on academic cultures and disciplinary differences (for Routledge).
Paul is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. He also engages in research, evaluation and development work with universities and higher education funding and policy bodies across the world, most recently in South Africa, Sweden, Chile, Italy, Norway, Australia and Ireland.
Dr. Carol Nicoll
Dr Carol Nicoll, Executive Director of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Dr Nicoll has a range of experience in the education sector as a secondary school teacher and university academic. She joined the Commonwealth public service in 1999 and has held positions including head of the team that developed the higher education reform package: Our Universities: Backing Australia's Future, manager of the Funding Branch in the Higher Education Group, Minister-Counsellor for Education, Science and Training (DEST's senior representative in Europe, based in Brussels), Group Manager of the Industry Skills Development Group, and Group Manager of National Education System Group in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Carol has degrees in Arts and Law, a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Queensland and a doctorate from the University of British Columbia. She was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day 2004 for outstanding public service.