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Sharen Nisbet Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 07 5589 3052
School of Business and Tourism Dr BBus(Hon)(SCU), PhD(Melbourne) Sharen BBus(Hon)(SCU), PhD(Melbourne) Gold Coast
David Noble Lecturer 07 5589 3209
School of Business and Tourism Dr David is a highly motivated academic with significant management experience, spanning the not-for-profit, corporate and tertiary education sectors. He uses recent scholarship combined with examples from his own experience to create a dynamic learning environment. He teaches sensitively and contextually, seeking to equip students for the journey ahead, be it further academic study or professional practice. His research areas include project management and public policy surrounding National Systems of Innovation. In particular David is interested in the role of concierge services and intermediaries in national innovation ecosystems. David is familiar with a range of academic delivery models, including face-to-face, online and intensive modes. BTheo(MCD), MAppLing(UNE), MMan(SCU), PhD(SCU) David BTheo(MCD), MAppLing(UNE), MMan(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Stephen Rowe Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02 6620 3047
School of Business and Tourism Mr I have been at this University since 1986, during which time I have been responsible for units in the disciplines of Auditing, Management and Financial Accounting, Accounting Theory. Prior to, and after obtaining my BBus degree in 1979 my work experience was gained in public practice and commerce, holding several accounting and management positions in Adelaide, Papua New Guinea and Sydney. My current CPA status with CPA Australia was granted in 1990. During 1990 and 1991 I studied full-time and obtained my MA in Accountancy. My thesis looked at the Annual Reporting Requirements of the Public Sector in Australia.

My service to the University has involved periods on the Student Union Board, Academic Programs Committee, Member of Academic Board, Member of Business Divisional Board, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Business Faculty), Accounting programs student adviser, Liaison Person for the two professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia and ICAA), academic and administrative staff selection panels, business valedictory dinner co-ordinator, acting Dean, acting Head of School and member of the SCU Emerging Technologies Advisory Group. More recently I was Deputy Head and Director of Teaching & Learning for Southern Cross Business School until the merger with Tourism at the beginning of 2105.

I see my primary role as a lecturer. In 1993 and 1997 students voted me teacher of the year in the business program, something I take great pride in and strive to live up to. It is my duty to encourage students to engage in their learning and I carry a saying with me to remind students that the responsibility for knowledge lies with them - I am the facilitator.

Since 2001 I have been developing most of my unit delivery methods to be on-line and have been actively promoting this approach within & beyond SCU. My research interests currently lie in the area of on-line delivery of education to large and small groups, involving on and off-campus students. As well as numerous conference papers disseminating my practice, I have received institutional (2006), national (2007) and international (2008) teaching awards acknowledging my contribution in this area. I am still learning - especially from the learners. BBus(NRCAE), MA(SA) Stephen BBus(NRCAE), MA(SA) Lismore
Pascal Scherrer Senior Lecturer (02) 6620 3024
School of Business and Tourism Dr Dr Pascal Scherrer is a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University (SCU), New South Wales, Australia. With a background in environmental science and ecotourism, Pascal?s main research interest is in sustainable tourism and visitor management in natural and cultural landscapes, addressing the areas of environmental, social and cultural impacts and their relationship. His research experience spans a variety of tourism contexts, including coastal, island, indigenous, remote and protected area settings. Pascal is a member of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) and serves on the Regional National Parks advisory board. His key areas of interest include: - holistic concepts of sustainability in tourism and educational contexts - bridging the research-management divide - dealing with wicked problems/contexts - cultural (Indigenous) and natural (often protected) landscapes - knowledge co-production, hybrid spaces, and transformational and performative action BSc(GRIFF), BSc(HON)(GRIFF), GradCert TESOL(Bond), PhD(GRIFF) Pascal BSc(GRIFF), BSc(HON)(GRIFF), GradCert TESOL(Bond), PhD(GRIFF) Lismore
Darshana Sedera Professor
School of Business and Tourism Professor PhD(QUT) Darshana PhD(QUT) Gold Coast
Carolyn Seton Associate Lecturer (07) 5589 3284
School of Business and Tourism Dr BInfoTech(Hons)(SCU), BInfoTech(SCU), PhD(SCU) Carolyn BInfoTech(Hons)(SCU), BInfoTech(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
William Smart Lecturer 07 5589 3121
School of Business and Tourism Dr Personal Homepage: BAppSci(Comp)(Hons)(SCU), BAppSci(InfoSys)(SCU), GradCertHE(L&T)(SCU), PhD William BAppSci(Comp)(Hons)(SCU), BAppSci(InfoSys)(SCU), GradCertHE(L&T)(SCU), PhD Gold Coast
Golam Sorwar Lecturer +61 7 55893402
School of Business and Tourism Dr BSc(BUET), MSc(UKM), PhD(Monash) Golam BSc(BUET), MSc(UKM), PhD(Monash) Gold Coast
Tania von der Heidt Senior Lecturer 02 6620 3086
School of Business and Tourism Dr Tania is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Tourism. She currently teaches in Marketing Principles, Competitive Strategy, Sustainable Business Management for the undergraduate business degree domestically and offshore (Tianjin). For her learning-centred approaches, Tania has been awarded a Vice Chancellor award for outstanding contribution to student learning. Tania supervises around 10 PhD, DBA and Masters candidates' marketing-related research projects using a range of methodologies. Tania's primary research area is creative problem solving and collaboration in product innovation for sustainability marketing and business. For her PhD, she developed and tested a model of multi-stakeholder relationships for collaborative product innovation in Australian manufacturing. Prior to joining SCU, Tania worked for more than ten years with companies in Australia and Germany: As a Fund Manager with State Street Bank & Trust Company, as a Consultant in productivity improvements with Alexander Proudfoot Management, as a Marketing Controller with automobile manufacturer Audi AG and as an Export Consultant with natural pharmaceutical manufacturer TP Health Ltd. DipFin(SIA), BBus(NRCAE), GradCertHEd(L&T)(SCU), MBA(SCU), PhD(SCU) Tania DipFin(SIA), BBus(NRCAE), GradCertHEd(L&T)(SCU), MBA(SCU), PhD(SCU) Lismore
Kaye Walker Lecturer 02 6659 3615
School of Business and Tourism Dr Kaye's areas of research and professional expertise include: - marine wildlife tourism and management; - effective interpretion, its conduct, development and assessment; - guide development and coaching; - sustainable tourism and its role in building community capacity; - the Expedition Cruise Industry; and - environmental impact management of marine tourism operations. Kaye was brought onboard at the Coffs Harbour campus with her marine tourism expertise and research interests to begin developing regional marine resource and tourism sustainability projects via involvement with community, industry members, marine research and management agencies. Her interests include examining the role of tourism in regional sustainability, and in particular the role of the tourism guide and effective socio-environmental interpretation in building community capacity. She is currently exploring the use of qualitative analysis processes involving the Leximancer software with a means-end approach to survey methodology. Utilising a means-end approach to elicit personally significant value-based responses from participants in environmental and cultural interpretive tourism activities she has developed a new interpretive model and approach. These are referred to as the "Value Model of Interpretation" and the "Personal Insight Interpretive Approach". Kaye is currently further exploring the application and theoretical premise of these. Her lecturing experience and unit development skills at an undergraduate level include: - Cross-cultural management; - Customer and tourist behaviour; and - Operations Management. At a Masters level she has lectured an intensively delivered unit in Sustainable Enterprises, and contributed to the development of the Tourism Operations Management component of a Master of International Tourism program which included topics such as: - Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; - Service and Experience Management; - Ethics and Sustainable Tourism Management; and - Public Relations and Crisis Management. In 2011 she will be lecturing at the undergraduate level for units such as: - Tourism Theories and Practices; - Communication in Organisations; - Foundations in Visitor Interpretation; and - Human Resource and Workplace Management. Kaye's initial science degree with majors in marine biology and zoology, along with being the first Australian woman to gain Level III Commercial diving qualifications and supervisory status saw her involvement for many years in coral reef and cetacean research, and professional shipwreck excavation work (being involved with three Pandora expeditions). She was based in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for nearly 20 years and worked with the GBRMPA in Environmental Impact Management specifically addressing the impacts and management of tourism operations. She has worked casually, and intensively at times as a marine wildlife guide since the age of 20 which allowed her to conduct her PhD research onboard Expedition Cruise Vessels, as well as accompanying numerous underwater documentary teams. She has a special interest in cetacean tourism and research. PhD(JCU) Kaye PhD(JCU) Coffs Harbour