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Nicola Jayne Lecturer 02 6620 3118
School of Business and Tourism Dr Bachelor of Business Course Coordinator.

Nicola joined Southern Cross in 1993 as a lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics. From 1987 to 1993 Nicola held positions as Sessional Assistant and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Nicola's major research areas are Differential Geometry, Foliation Theory and Contact Manifolds.

Her major teaching areas are Quantitative units, including Discrete Mathematics, Quantitative Analysis for Business and Statistical Analysis. nicola.jayne@scu.edu.au BSc(Hons)(Massey), GradCertHE(L&T), PhD(Massey) Nicola BSc(Hons)(Massey), GradCertHE(L&T), PhD(Massey) Lismore

Robyn Keast Professor
School of Business and Tourism Professor Personal homepage: http://www.networksandcollaborations.com.au robyn.keast@scu.edu.au AssocDipComWel(TownsvilleCAE), BA(Curtin), MA(JCU), PhD(QUT) Robyn AssocDipComWel(TownsvilleCAE), BA(Curtin), MA(JCU), PhD(QUT) Gold Coast
Michael Kortt Associate Professor +61 7 5589 3212
School of Business and Tourism Dr

Brief Bio

Michael is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of New England, an MS in public health from the University of Arizona, and an honours degree in economics from La Trobe University. Prior to joining SCU in 2011, Michael spent 10 years working in the government sector as a Director of Research and Policy for the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Department of Social Security, and the Department of Health.

He currently has over 80 scholarly outputs, which includes over 70 refereed journal articles, book chapters and two research books. His publications have appeared in Administration & Society, Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Economic Record, Education + Training, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Sociology, Local Government Studies, Social Indicators Research, and Tourism Analysis.

michael.kortt@scu.edu.au BEc(Hons)(LaTrobe), MS, PhD(UNE) Michael BEc(Hons)(LaTrobe), MS, PhD(UNE) Gold Coast
Geoffrey Lamberton Senior Lecturer 0755893201
School of Business and Tourism Dr Geoff was a corporate and chartered accountant before entering academia. He teaches ethics and sustainability and sustainable business management. His research interests include sustainability accounting and the ethical change required for the transition to a sustainable society. geoffrey.lamberton@scu.edu.au DipModLang(UNE), BCom(Melb), MBus(SCU), PhD(SCU) Geoffrey DipModLang(UNE), BCom(Melb), MBus(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Matthew Lamont Senior Lecturer 07 5589 3053
School of Business and Tourism Dr Dr Matt Lamont is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Tourism. Matt?s research agenda addresses social impacts of leisure participation with specific focus on sports tourism and sport-based leisure. Development of leisure careers among amateur athletes and concomitant constraint negotiation processes are Matt's primary research interests. Informed by theoretical frameworks from the social sciences, Matt's research also extends to corporate social responsibility in the context of sport, tourism and leisure, with a particular focus on ameliorating negative impacts.

Link to personal researcher web page

Link to PhD thesis matthew.lamont@scu.edu.au BBusTM(Hon)(SCU), BSTM(SCU), PhD(SCU) Matthew BBusTM(Hon)(SCU), BSTM(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Jackie Liu Lecturer 07 5589 3036
School of Business and Tourism Dr jackie.liu@scu.edu.au GradCertMgmt(UNE), PhD(UNE) Jackie GradCertMgmt(UNE), PhD(UNE) Gold Coast
Kevin Markwell Professor 02 66269366
School of Business and Tourism Professor Kevin is a geographer whose research interests include nature-based/eco/wildlife tourism as tools for nature conservation; heritage interpretation; zoos as tourist attractions; tourist attraction design; pet keeping; animals, leisure and tourism; and gay and lesbian identities, tourism and leisure. He has authored or co-authored four books, (Gay Tourism, Culture and Context, co-authored with Gordon Waitt, 2008; Snake Bitten, Eric Worrell and the Australian Reptile Park, co-authored with Dr Nancy Cushing, 2010; Slow Tourism: Experiences and Modalities, co-edited with Simone Fullagar and Erica Wilson, 2011; and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships, 2015). He has also published 20 book chapters; almost 40 refereed journal articles; and presented more than 40 papers at conferences. Kevin has supervised 10 Honours students, 8 PhD students and is currently supervising 5 PhD students. He is always keen to hear from students interested in Honours, Masters or Doctoral level study. Kevin's leisure interests include collecting natural history books, herpetology/herpetoculture, gardening, travel and bushwalking. He will be on secondment as Academic Director, Institute of Business Studies, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for most of 2016. kevin.markwell@scu.edu.au BA(Hons)(N'cle), BEdSt(N'cle), MA(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Kevin BA(Hons)(N'cle), BEdSt(N'cle), MA(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Lismore
Raina Mason Academic Lead, IT 07 5589 3194
School of Business and Tourism Dr The best way to contact Raina is via email or Skype (username: rainascu).

Raina is the IT Discipline Leader, the Course Coordinator of the B. Info. Tech and a researcher, researching in the School area of "Interacting with Technology".

She is passionate about making introductory programming more achievable by students, and encouraging more females into computing - particularly programming. Currently conducting research into the application of Cognitive Load Theory to teaching introductory programming; the programming environments and languages currently being used in Australasian universities; and factors impacting the attraction and retention of females in information technology courses.

Recent and selected publications:
Mason, R., & Cooper, G. (2012). Why the bottom 10% just can?t do it - Mental Effort Measures and Implication for Introductory Programming Courses. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2012) (Vol. 123, pp. 187?196). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Computer Society, Inc. Retrieved from http://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV123Mason%20.pdf

Mason, R., & Cooper, G. (2013a). Distractions in Programming Environments. In A. Carbone & J. Whalley (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fifteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2013) CRPIT (Vol. 136, pp. 23?30). Adelaide Australia: Australian Computer Society, Inc. Retrieved from http://crpit.com/abstracts/CRPITV136Mason.html

Mason, R., & Cooper, G. (2013b). Mindstorms Robots and the application of Cognitive Load Theory in introductory programming. Computer Science Education, 23(4), 296?314. https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2013.847152

Mason, R., & Cooper, G. (2014). Introductory Programming Courses in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 - trends and reasons. In J. Whalley & D. D?Souza (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2014) (Vol. 148, pp. 139?147). Auckland, New Zealand: ACS. Retrieved from http://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV148Mason.pdf

Mason, R., Cooper, G., & Comber, T. (2011a). Girls get IT. ACM Inroads, 2(3), 71?77. https://doi.org/10.1145/2003616.2003638

Mason, R., Cooper, G., Simon, & Wilks, B. (2015). Using Cognitive Load Theory to select an environment for teaching mobile apps development. In D. D?Souza & K. Falkner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2015) (Vol. 160, pp. 47?56). Sydney, Australia: ACS. Retrieved from http://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV160Mason.pdf

Mason, R., Seton, C., & Cooper, G. (2016). Applying cognitive load theory to the redesign of a conventional database systems course. Computer Science Education, 1?20. https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2016.1160597

Mason, R., Simon, Cooper, G., & Wilks, B. (2016). Flipping the Assessment of Cognitive Load: Why and How. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (pp. 43?52). Melbourne, Australia: ACM Press. https://doi.org/10.1145/2960310.2960321

Seton, C., & Mason, R. (2016). Decreasing the digital divide: analysing the UI requirements of older Australians. In Proceedings of the Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC2016) (pp. 1?10). Canberra, A.C.T.: ACM Press. https://doi.org/10.1145/2843043.2843366

Bower, M., Wood, L. N., Lai, J. W. M., Howe, C., Lister, R., Mason, R., ? Veal, J. (2017). Improving the Computational Thinking Pedagogical Capabilities of School Teachers. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(3). Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol42/iss3/4

raina.mason@scu.edu.au BMM(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Raina BMM(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Stephen Mason Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02/66593189
School of Business and Tourism Mr stephen.mason@scu.edu.au BBus(RMIT) Stephen BBus(RMIT) Coffs Harbour
Silvia Nelson Lecturer 0755893035
School of Business and Tourism Dr silvia.nelson@scu.edu.au GradCertAP(SCU), MBA(CQU), MHRM(CQU), PhD(GU) Silvia GradCertAP(SCU), MBA(CQU), MHRM(CQU), PhD(GU) Gold Coast