About CHASS: Previous Board

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JohnSimonsProfessor John Simons: President
John is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Macquarie University. Previously, he was the university’s Executive Dean of Arts. He was educated at the University of Wales and the University of Exeter. He previously worked at the universities of Wales, Exeter, Winchester, Edge Hill and Lincoln and has held visiting Professorships in the USA. In 1993, he held a fellowship at the Huntington Library. In the 1990s, he worked in various Eastern European countries on projects to rebuild universities after the fall of communism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy, the Zoological Society of London and the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and on the Peer Review College of the AHRC. Before coming to Australia, he was on the steering committee of the Standing Conference for the Arts and Social Sciences, a council member of the charity Vegetarian for Life, a director of EMMedia (a company providing capital for film projects), and chair of the board of SIREN FM (a community radio station). He is the past treasurer of DASSH, on the council of the charity Voiceless, on the advisory board of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, co-chair of the board of 2SER (a community radio station) and a TEQSA auditor. He has published very widely on topics ranging from Middle English romance to the history of cricket. Lately, he has concentrated on animals and his chief publications are Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation (2002) and Rossetti’s Wombat (2008). He published two monographs in 2012. One, Kangaroo, is a social history of kangaroos. The other, The Tiger that Swallowed the Boy, concerns the exotic animal trade in Victorian England. He is a published poet.

HelenSykesDr Helen Sykes AM: Vice President
Helen is the Director of Future Leaders, President of the Trust for Young Australians, Chair of The Australian Collaboration, Associate of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Member of the Future Justice Executive and Summit Governor of the Hillary Institute. She has published and edited many books.

Michele SimonsProfessor Michele Simons: Treasurer
Michele is Professor and Dean of Education, University of Western Sydney. She has previously held a number of leadership positions at the University of South Australia, including Dean of Education from 2007-2010. Prior to entering the University as an Academic, Michele worked in the non-government sector in community-based organisations providing family services and supporting training and development initiatives for workers. She has made a significant contribution to scholarship in the fields of teacher education and vocational education and training in Australia. Her research interests include learning in non-formal settings such as workplaces and community organisation and workforce development. Her work has included the management of large national projects awarded from a number of government and industry sources, including Category 1 funds from the ARC and the NVETRE research grant programs. Michele is widely published, having produced over 100 publications across her career to date. She brings a wealth of experience in leading and managing national associations to her work for CHASS. She has been a member of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) since its inception and is currently the President of AVETRA. She is the current Treasurer for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Joseph M. SiracusaProfessor Joseph M. Siracusa: Secretary
Joseph is the Deputy Dean (Global and Language Studies) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Born and raised in Chicago, he studied at the University of Denver and the University of Vienna and received his PhD from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is internationally known for his writings on the history of nuclear weapons, diplomacy, and global security. He is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio and Television. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston and New York, the University of Queensland (Brisbane), and for three years served as a visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University (Brisbane) where he specialized in issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and counter-terrorism. Among his numerous books are included: Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy, with David G. Coleman (Praeger Security International, 2006); Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War, with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2008); Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008); Globalization & Human Security, with Paul Battersby (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); America and the Cold War, 1941-1991: A Realist Interpretation, 2 vols., with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2010); Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010); A Global History of the Nuclear Arms Race: Weapons, Strategy, and Politics, 2 vols., with Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2013); American Foreign Relations since Independence, with Richard Dean Burns and Jason C. Flanagan ( Praeger, 2013); The Death Penalty and U. S. Diplomacy, with Wesley Kendall (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); and A History of U. S. Nuclear Testing and its Influence on Nuclear Thought, 1945-1963, with David Blades (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Christie AnthoneyChristie Anthoney
Christie is the Executive Officer of Festivals Adelaide, the peak body for 10 of Adelaide’s major arts and cultural festivals including: the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, Cabaret Festival, South Australian Living Artists Festival, Feast Festival, Guitar Festival, Oz Asia and Adelaide Film Festival. Previously, Christie was the inaugural Creative Director for TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts, a multi-arts training facility in the heart of Adelaide and has spent over a decade in cultural festivals in Europe. She works in the areas of social and economic benefit and the measurable value of the arts to communities across the world. She is committed to the advancement of the arts and social sciences as the bedrock of successful societies.

Sarah Blatchford Sarah Blatchford
Sarah is the Regional Director of Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia. She graduated from the University of Exeter with Combined Honours in French and German in 1989, and began her career as Nuclear Business Analyst with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) under its prestigious graduate management training program. She entered into academic publishing when she joined Blackwell Scientific Publications in Oxford in 1993 to undertake marketing of the company’s scientific, technical and medical textbook program. Although her studies encompassed literature and linguistics, Sarah’s career, with the AEA, Blackwell and now with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, has required high levels of adaptability to work with scientists, academics and learned societies across the subject spectrum. When she joined Taylor & Francis in Melbourne 2003, the company published 25 journals edited from Australasia; this has now built to a publishing program of 90 ANZ journals, each providing an important forum for the publication of research in its respective field. Most of the company’s journals are in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and Sarah has worked tirelessly to build the Australasian program, providing through Routledge’s excellent publishing services, local support on local time for its ANZ-based journal editors whilst enabling them to enjoy all the benefits of working with an international publishing company. She is Convenor of the Scholarly & Journals Committee (SJC) of the APA, holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Publishers Association, and brings extensive experience of the business & industry and academic & research sectors through her career spanning twenty five years.

Tim DunneProfessor Tim Dunne
Tim is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations (IR) at The University of Queensland. His most recent appointment has been Research Director at UQ’s Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect where he led a successful application to AusAID for core centre funding (2012-1015). He joined UQ in 2010 from the University of Exeter where he was Professor of International Relations, and successively Head of Politics, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. He began his career at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth after completing his graduate training at the University of Oxford. He is internationally recognised for his work on human rights protection and foreign policy-making in a changing world order. He has written and co-edited ten books, including Human Rights in World Politics (1999), Worlds in Collision (2002), International Relations Theories (2007), and Terror in our Time (2012) co-authored with Ken Booth, and Liberal World Orders (2013). Tim brings a strong commitment to teaching and learning exemplified by his engagement in professional training of diplomats and senior armed forces in Europe, Africa and Australia. In addition to traditional academic publications, he is a regular contributor to the media as well as policy forums inside government and the non-governmental sector.

NigelErskineDr Nigel Erskine
Nigel was recently appointed Research Manager at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) where he has been employed since 2004. During this time he has served periodically as Senior Curator and Assistant Director, and has curated a number of exhibitions, published two books and been a Partner Investigator in two ARC projects. Prior to joining ANMM, he was Director of the Norfolk Island Museum (2000-2003). While working on his PhD at James Cook University, he was employed as an Associate Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology, and appointed Research Fellow with the Queensland Museum. In 1998-99 he led the Pitcairn Project, undertaking archaeological work in the eastern Pacific. Nigel is a strong advocate for collaborative projects which link tertiary institutions with museums. He is a council member of the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and a member of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Australian Association of Maritime History and NSW Writers’ Centre.

KatieHughesAssociate Professor Katie Hughes
Katie is the President of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA). Holding qualifications from universities in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, she has been working in the tertiary sector for twenty five years in a variety of roles. Her disciplinary background is within the Social Sciences (broadly Gender Studies, Education and Sociology) and she has published widely in the area, particularly, of education and social disadvantage.

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