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Professor Mike Ewing

Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Mike Ewing commenced as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law & Arts at SCU in May 2023. Prior to that, he was Alfred Deakin Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law at Deakin University (2014-2023). He held various leadership roles at Monash University (2002-2014) and began his academic career at Curtin University (1996-2002).

Mike’s research interests include marketing communications, strategy, brand management, health promotion and the marketing-technology interface. He has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of Service Research (among others) and has an H-index of 60 (M-index >2.2).

Mike served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science (2008-2013) and was vice president of the Australian Business Deans Council (2016-2018). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy (2010), the Academy of Marketing Science (2012), and the Australian Marketing Institute (2016).

Over the past twenty-eight years he has taught in Australia, Austria, Brunei, China, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and the Philippines.

Prior to entering full time academe, Mike was the marketing research manager for Ford Motor Company’s South African subsidiary (1992-1996). He has consulted to Coca-Cola (Asia), Unilever (Europe), Telekom Austria, Holden, Saab, BMW Financial Services, Argyle Diamonds, Levi Strauss & Co., Ansell, Glaxo Smith Klein, the CEO Institute, Isuzu-General Motors, Nissan, and the West Australia State Government.

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Professor Darshana Sedera

Professor Darshana Sedera

Associate Dean (International & Engagement)

Darshana Sedera is a Professor of Information Systems and the Director of the Digital Enterprise Lab at the Southern Cross University in Australia. He has published over 300 articles in major refereed journals and conferences on the broader topic of digital business transformation. His publications have appeared in journals such as JAIS, JSIS, I&M, IT&P, and CAIS. He has also served as the CI in several Australian Research Council Grants.

Helen Walsh

Associate Professor Helen Walsh

Associate Dean (Education)

Helen is a teaching scholar and lecturer. Her primary focus is supporting students in navigating their first year of study. Her work in this area earned her the Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Helen is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and, prior to her appointment at SCU, was employed in private practice working in family and children’s law. In addition to legal education, Helen’s research interests include family law and juvenile justice.

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Associate Professor Pascal Scherrer

Associate Dean (Research)

Pascal has strong sustainability expertise applied to areas including plastic waste, regional development, tourism and visitor management. He is the ZeroWaste Cluster Faculty Lead and has successfully worked on a wide range of research projects and consultancies across several levels of government and with universities. He also teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate business and tourism units and supervises PhD research students.

Associate Professor Adele Wessell

Associate Professor Adele Wessell

Chair of Discipline (Humanities)

PhD in History. Specialises in Food Studies. Teaches US and Australian Cultural History and Food Studies. Coordinates Community Engagement Project unit. Research interest is food history.

John Haw

Associate Professor John Haw

Chair of Discipline (Management)

John is a teaching scholar with a strong background in teaching statistics and research design across multiple disciplines. He also teaches gaming management, service quality and organisational management. His most recent research has focussed on the scholarship of teaching and improving student experiences with their education.

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Associate Professor David Heilpern

Chair of Discipline (Law)

David Heilpern was a Magistrate and judicial trainer from 1998 to 2020. Prior to this appointment, David was a litigation lawyer on the North Coast where he co-founded the law school at SCU in 1992, David graduated with a Masters in Law from SCU and was the Alumni of the Decade in 2005. In August 2022 was appointed as a Dean and Chair of Discipline (Law) at SCU. David is passionate about legal education, seeking to ensure that students are stimulated, excited and fulfilled.

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Associate Professor Annie Mitchell

Chair of Discipline (Creative Arts)

Teaches contemporary music theory, musicianship, classical music and musicology, composition and arranging, music education, ensemble and piano. Plays piano and double bass.

Dr Wes Hill

Associate Professor Wes Hill

Director Higher Degrees Research

Wes specialises in contemporary, post-1960s art and visual culture. His research interests include image-based art, art as pedagogy, and the art-historical underpinnings of the hipster. He was appointed by the Australia Council for the Arts as a peer-assessor in 2019.


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