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 Simon Pawson, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Hospitality and Chief Academic
With nineteen years tourism and hospitality industry experience and fifteen years teaching and research experience, Associate Professor Simon Pawson is an academic leader and researcher. His areas of teaching and research interests include business studies, specifically leadership, marketing and strategic management, social / environmental justice, community-based tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, destination marketing & national identity, sustainable tourism, heritage tourism, destination management, social sciences research, leadership, strategic management and organizational behaviour.
Simon has been an active researcher and social advocate in Cambodia since 2002. His research projects include investigating social and environmental consequences of tourism development in Siem Reap, antiquities theft, pro poor tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, human trafficking, attraction development, tourism and rural development, community-based and responsible tourism. Simon is currently the Associate Dean of Hospitality, and Chief Academic, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia. He is also the lead researcher of The Cambodian Sustainable Tourism Development Collaborative Project.
Dr Emma Wong, Program Director (Postgraduate)
PhD Tourism and Marketing, University of New South Wales, 2008 – Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Victoria University, 2009 – Master of Philosophy in Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2003 – Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours) in Hotel and Catering Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2001
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.
Master of Business in Management, UTS, Sydney 2011-Graduate Certificate in Management (UTS).
MBA (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Columbia Southern University, 2008-Advanced Diploma in International Hotel Management.
Master of Literary Studies, University of Queensland-Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland.
LLM, Sydney University, 2009, Current-LLB, Sydney University, 2007-BA Hons, Ancient History, Macquarie University, 2000
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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