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Maree Walo Course & Unit Review Project Officer 02 6620 3921
School of Business and Tourism Ms Maree has been on the academic staff of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University since 1994. She has experience in several sectors of service industries including educational and aged care services. Her 15 years management experience in tourism and hospitality and industries includes the areas of food service/catering, conference, events and resort management. Maree holds a Masters by Research from Southern Cross University. This research investigated the relationship between internship and student's management competency development. Maree has several diverse research interests including events management, cuisine tourism, tourism education, retirement lifestyle management and aged care, graduate career development and co-operative education issues. BBus(NE), GradCertHEd(L&T), MBus(SCU) Maree BBus(NE), GradCertHEd(L&T), MBus(SCU) Lismore
Betty Weiler Professor 07 5589 3178
School of Business and Tourism Professor BARecAdmin, MA, PhD Betty BARecAdmin, MA, PhD Gold Coast
Simon Wilde Lecturer 07 5589 3040
School of Business and Tourism Dr Dr Wilde is a lecturer with the School of Business and Tourism, based at the University's Gold Coast Campus. In addition to his doctoral studies, which investigated destination competitiveness in a regional Australian context, Simon's broader research focus is in the areas of marketing (especially challenges faced by NGOs) and general regional development issues. BBus(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Simon BBus(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Mieke Witsel Senior Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02 66269193
School of Business and Tourism Dr

Mieke is a senior lecturer at the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. She has taught and lectured in interpersonal & business communication, tourism & leisure, and intercultural communication in Australia and Europe for more than 20 years, at various levels of education, ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate and corporate levels.

Her previous appointment involved six years as communications lecturer and course coordinator with Holland University's Amsterdam Management School for Tourism and Leisure, where she designed and taught subjects that highlighted the importance of effective communication and cultural sustainability in the successful management of tourism and leisure organisations.

The consultancy work has focused strongly on intervention and conflict resolution strategies, language and communication issues. Mieke's research focuses on positive psychology, education, intercultural communication, sustainability and international management issues.

Mieke has been a long term member of SCU Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee; and Emerging Technologies Advisory Group. She is the winner of SCU?s 2004 Vice Chancellor?s Award for Excellence and Achievement (Meeting student needs); and the divisional seeding grant for internationalisation of tourism education project. In addition Mieke received the 2007 Vice Chancellor?s Award for Teaching Excellence (Significantly reducing student attrition in a large common core unit).

Mieke's research focuses on positive psychology, intercultural communication and transnational education issues. As her masters' degree explored intercultural problems and solutions in higher education, Mieke was granted membership to the Australian College of Educators.

Main interest areas:

  • intercultural communication;
  • management;
  • higher education, teaching and learning strategies;
  • sustainablity in tourism

Shakespeare's adage about a rose by any other name notwithstanding, Mieke's name is spelled according to the spelling rule i before e except after c (the discerning reader will see no c in Mieke's name) and pronounced to rhyme with Eureka not Spikey. MA(Amsterdam), PhD(SCU), Drs(Amsterdam) Mieke MA(Amsterdam), PhD(SCU), Drs(Amsterdam) Lismore
Kayleen Wood Associate Lecturer
School of Business and Tourism Ms BBus(QUT), GradCertHigherEd(GRIFF), MBusAdmin(UNE) Kayleen BBus(QUT), GradCertHigherEd(GRIFF), MBusAdmin(UNE) Gold Coast
Jun Xu Senior Lecturer +61 7 5589 3195
School of Business and Tourism Dr MBA(Curtin), PhD(Curtin) Jun MBA(Curtin), PhD(Curtin) Gold Coast
Martin Young Associate Professor 02 6659 8012
School of Business and Tourism Associate Professor BA(Hon)(UNE), BA(UNE), PhD(JCU) Martin BA(Hon)(UNE), BA(UNE), PhD(JCU) Coffs Harbour
Ammar Zafar Lecturer
School of Business and Tourism Dr BEE, MEE, PhD Ammar BEE, MEE, PhD Gold Coast
Renae Agrey Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Business and Tourism Ms Renae Gold Coast
Fahimeh Alaei Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Business and Tourism Dr PhD(Griff) Fahimeh PhD(Griff) Gold Coast