Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker

Professor Adam Shoemaker

Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University, will open the conference and welcome us to the University. Professor Shoemaker is one of Australia's leading researchers in the area of Indigenous literature and culture. A former Commonwealth Scholar, Professor Shoemaker is the author or editor of nine books in the field of Indigenous literature and culture, and is also widely published in the areas of international and digital education; race relations; and cultural studies.

Professor Mike Osborne

Professor Mike Osborne

Professor Mike Osborne is Director of Research andChair of Adult and Lifelong Learning (at the University of Glasgow. He is experienced in adult and continuing education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education research, development and evaluation.

He is the Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and lifelong learning (CR&DALL) and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning.

Professor Karen Nelson

Professor Karen Nelson

Professor Karen Nelson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Her research areas include:

  • student learning engagement, success and experiences of higher education
  • student engagement and retention
  • first year in higher education
  • information and knowledge systems in organisations.
Professor Norm Sheehan

Professor Norm Sheehan

Professor Norm Sheehan is a Wiradjuri man. He is currently Director of Gnibi College SCU. In this role he has led the development of two new degrees the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge and the Bachelor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing. The starting point for these degrees is a Unit called Indigenous Scholarship which aims to enable students to situate their learning productively in the most contested field for inquiry. This approach is based on Professor Sheehan's expertise in Indigenous Knowledge and Education that employs visual and narrative principles to activate existing strengths within Indigenous education contexts for all individuals and learning communities.

Associate Professor Nick Zepke

Nick Zepke

Associate Professor Nick Zepke is a mostly retired New Zealand Associate Professor of adult education who previously worked with undergraduate and postgraduate teachers of adults and now supervises students working on doctoral theses dealing mostly with student engagement in higher education. His research interests have been divided between learning and teaching in higher and further education and taking a critical approach to futures and policy studies. These two interests have latterly come together in his work on student engagement. Email: n.zepke@massey.ac.nz

Recent publications include:

  • Zepke, N. (2014). What future for student engagement? Higher Education 69 (4), 693-704 DOI: 10.1007/s10734-014-9797-y.
  • Zepke, N. (2015). Student engagement research: Thinking beyond the mainstream. Higher Education Research and Development, 34 (6), 1311-1323.