The faculty at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University (BMIHMS) come from a range of professional backgrounds and all have experience in their chosen fields. Many have extensive hospitality industry experience and bring a wealth of insight and knowledge to the units they teach.

The rigour research and scholarship undertaken by the BMIHMS faculty has been a highlight during 2010 and 2011, with a total of 12 research articles being published or accepted for publication. The articles have been in leading journals such as the Tourism Management, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Journal of Travel and Tourism, Marketing, Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, Event Management: An International Journal, and International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing.

Below are academic profiles of the key BMIHMS at Torrens University faculty:

Dr David Mac Donald

Dean of Hospitality

Over a 20-year period David worked for a broad range of high profile national and multinational corporations. These companies included Coca Cola, Best Western Hotels and Stamford Hotels and Resorts. Within each of these organisations, David was able to participate in and appreciate management’s commitment to quality business processes and the investment in staff development. After completing his MBA in 1998, through Southern Cross University, he commenced a MIB in 2002 at Macquarie University. These qualifications provided the opportunity explore his interest in learning, and transition his career by commencing to lecture in the university sector.

For the past 15 years David has been actively involved in the delivery of academic programs and senior management of public and private institutions. The combination of senior management responsibilities and academic qualification delivery led David to completing his doctorate titled ‘Assessment moderation as a quality management process in non self-accrediting higher education institutions in Australia’. David continues to research in the areas of assessment design and implementation, and the impact upon student learning.

Dr Edmund Goh
PhD, University of Queensland 2015-Masters by research Marketing, University of Wollongong 2007-Masters of Commerce, University of Sydney 2005-Bachelor of commerce, Curtin University of technology, 2002.

Dr Rajka Presbury
PhD, School of Management, UWS, 2010-Graduate Certificate in Hotel Management, SCU 1999-Advanced Certificate in Training and Development, Sydney Technical College, 1993-Advanced Certificate in Personnel Management, Sydney Technical College, 1992-Bachelor of Arts, University of NSW 1984.

Dr Zelko Livaic
PhD Commerce Economics and Finance University of Western Sydney, 2001-B. Commerce (1st Class Honors) Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney, 1992-B. Bus (Economics and Finance) Economics and Finance University of Western Sydney, 1991.

Dr Charles Arcodia
Associate Professor with UQ, Head of Research-Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, 2002-Master of Arts, University of Queensland 1993-Master of Education, Australian Catholic University, 1991.


Jane Adams
MBA Charles Sturt University 2013-Bachelor, Education, with distinction, University of Technology Sydney, 1994-Higher National Diploma, Hotel and Catering Management, Westminster College London UK 1983.

Ariane Lellman
Master of Business in Management, UTS, Sydney 2011-Graduate Certificate in Management (UTS).

Scott Richards
Master of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 2009-LLB, University of Sydney, 2007-Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney 2003.

Philip Maw
MBA (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Columbia Southern University, 2008-Advanced Diploma in International Hotel Management.

Juliet Tan
Master of Literary Studies, University of Queensland-Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland.

Kristian Boehringer
LLM, Sydney University, 2009, Current-LLB, Sydney University, 2007-BA Hons, Ancient History, Macquarie University, 2000

Janet Cahill
Masters in Sports Studies (major in Tourism), University of Technology Sydney, 1996-Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Business, UTS, 2009-Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management, UTS, 1994

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