EPITOME REFERENCE GROUP
Brad Dorahy, Executive Director CISaustralia
After graduating from the University of Newcastle, where he was also awarded a cultural scholarship, Brad travelled the world and has since visited well over 60 countries. Brad has been involved in international education for 20 years, and has lived, studied, volunteered and worked abroad. Brad has worked at a number of Australian Universities, and for international companies from Korea, China and the US. Brad studied abroad at the University of Canterbury - NZ and Harvard University - USA, has volunteered in the Philippines and is an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland. He loves the outdoors and hiking, has completed the Australian Ironman, hiked Kokoda and to Base Camp Mt. Everest. Brad has presented at international conferences such as NAFSA, ISANA, IEAA, CCIS and is on the ‘Enhancing Programmes to Integrate Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences’ (EPITOME) Reference Group.
Dr Maureen Bell is an honorary senior fellow at the University of Wollongong and Editor of HERDSA NEWS. She has published book chapters and journal articles on study abroad, internationalisation of the curriculum and peer review of teaching. She developed and taught the University of Wollongong foundations of university teaching course from 1996 -2008 for the University of Wollongong and adapted this for UOW Dubai. She has provided a range of professional development workshops for the Royal University of Bhutan and led a study into teaching and learning at that university. In 2007 Maureen received a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for her contribution to teaching in higher education. The second edition of her HERDSA Guide: Peer Observation of Teaching in Higher Education was published in 2012. She is co-author of Transnational Teaching and Learning (Melano, Bell, & Walker; 2014). Maureen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
Yi Chen Lan
Kate is a development geographer and senior Academic Developer for Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) at Macquarie University. Through her role she has contributed to the PACE objective of enhancing community-university relations through transformative learning and teaching, research and community service and engagement.
Kate's work focuses on a number of projects which take an applied, action-oriented and collaborative approach to research characterised by community partnerships, co-creation of knowledge and an ethics of reciprocity. Through an innovative academic-Indigenous research collaborationshe holds an ARC Discovery grant (2014-2016) titled ‘Closing other gaps: Yolngu perspectives on and proposals for two-ways learning to improve intercultural communication and policy.” This work focuses on communicating cross-cultural knowledge to non-Indigenous people and is underpinned by my contributions to a long-term innovative academic-Indigenous research collaboration.
Kate is also passionate about innovative teaching, curriculum development and course design in the area of experiential and work integrated learning. She has developed innovative content to unit material by reintroducing field work to the geography department, developing on-line role plays, running international fieldschools, and co-creating curriculum with international community partners. Kate is currently the unit convenor for PACE360: Ways of seeing, thinking and doing PACE internationally. She has also have experience in curriculum development, specifically focusing on ethical and reflective practice and innovative modes of delivery, and is part of a multi-disciplinary team awarded an Office of Learning and Teaching grant on co-creating curriculum with our PACE international partners in Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Fiji, Indonesia and Peru.
Awards and accomplishments: 2012 B/HERT award for community partnerships, the 2011 MQ excellence in external partnerships award. Co-authored book (Burarrwanga et al. 2013) received honours in the Eve Ponwell Australian Book Council Award.
Professor Yi-Chen Lan is the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Western Sydney. Yi-Chen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and a PhD
degree from the University of Western Sydney. Yi-Chen is responsible for the implementation of the University's international plan; the development, management and facilitation of all international relationships across the University relating to transnational programs, the student mobility program and international research partnerships; recruitment of on-shore international students; communications to all international stakeholders; and regulatory compliance for international operations. In recognition of Yi-Chen’s contributions to the international and cross border education development in Vietnam, the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City conferred an Honorary Doctor of Economics degree to him in May 2014.
In his academic career, Yi-Chen teaches systems development, information systems and management, global e-business marketing, and project management courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is responsible for managing business internship projects for postgraduate programs offered by the Sydney Graduate School of Management (SGSM). Prior to his current academic work, Yi-Chen worked in the industry for five years, where he held senior management roles in the areas of information systems and quality assurance for multinational organisations.
Yi-Chen’s main research fields include knowledge management, e-marketing, global transition process, global information systems management issues, globalisation framework development, business process reengineering, green ICT, carbon emissions in business processes and production, the student learning experience and performance.
Jo Byng has 20 years of experience working in the international education industry including international education roles at Macquarie University and University of Western Sydney (UWS).
Jo is currently working as Associate Director of UWS International and is responsible for international strategy, partnerships, mobility, sponsored students and compliance. Jo’s particular areas of interest are in student mobility, work integrated learning, compliance and quality management.