AIT’s Academic Board is composed of widely experienced members who represent industry, academia, students and faculty. Both the Charter for the Academic board and the current board members are shown on AIT’s website. The Academic Board has responsibility for academic policy making, academic administration, the curriculum oversight, and makes recommendations on academic policy and regulations to allow AIT’s educational objectives to be achieved.
The Academic Board is and shall remain an independent group that is composed specifically of members representing a wide range of experience directly relevant to the Higher Education programme offered by AIT. Its authority, while devolved from the Board of Directors allows freedom to report as necessary to the Board of Directors regarding the Higher Education and Vocational courses taught at AIT, and regarding any new or emerging issues that may arise.
AIT’s Academic Board also forms sub-committees with specific functions. The most prominent of these is the Curriculum Committee, who meet at the end of each trimester in order to review matters relating directly to: the provision of subjects; major reviews and changes to subjects or their assessment; the benchmarking of AIT subjects and programs against other appropriate tertiary providers.
Dr. Gunnar Haid – External Industry Expert
Dr Haid has post-graduate engineering qualifications and extensive experience in project management and environmental consulting. He has worked on projects in Europe, North America and Australasia and owns an environmental engineering firm H-Corp Enterprises. Dr Haid is also a Director and founding member of Online Business Technologies and oversees the company’s operations and administration.
Professor Arnold Depickere – External Academic
Professor Depickere is the Executive Dean of the Division of Arts at Murdoch University. The Arts Division is the largest academic area of the University, encompassing the Schools of Social Sciences and Humanities, Media, Communication and Culture, Education, Information Technology, Law and Business. He is responsible for the operation and strategic management of administrative and academic matters within this area of the University.
Mr Chris Lowe, Chair – External Industry Expert
Mr Lowe is a Founding Partner & Technical Director of Wasabi Digital, an online games and digital media production house based in Surrey Hills, Sydney. Wasabi has won acclaim from the AIMIA’s, Interactive Advertising Bureau, ATOM Awards, and has been nominated for awards in 3 categories at the 2009 AIMIA’s. Prior to founding Wasabi, Chris was a multimedia teacher for the adobe product range, and worked in the post production house Animal Logic.
Mr Ryszard Dabek – External Academic
Ryszard is a lecturer of film and digital arts, and coordinator of the Master of Interactive and Digital media at the University of Sydney’s Sydney College of Arts. He holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from UNSW. Ryszard is an artist and academic who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His artistic practice encompasses a number of forms and mediums, including photography, video, sound, and interactive media.
Mr Wayne Lewis – External Industry Expert
Wayne is a co-founder and director of Rising Sun Pictures and Rising Sun Research. Rising Sun Pictures has provided digital visual effects for over 80 feature films, among them the last five Harry Potter’s, The Lord of the Rings, Superman, Charlotte’s Web, Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, and Australia. Rising Sun Researches’ Cinesync software is a remote collaboration tool used on almost all films made in the world that utilise digital effects. Wayne is on the board of the Adelaide Film Festival, has worked with a small school in Kilifi north of Mombassa, has a strong interest in the philosophy of business, the philosophy of knowledge, dabbles in the psychodramatic method and is a TED fanatic.
Dr. Adrian Bennett, AIT Academic
Adrian is the Dean of Studies for AIT’s Higher Education Programme. He has wide ranging experience having worked in the Graphic Design industry at a senior level, but also having a purely academic background as well. Adrian’s Masters Degree was in Communication Studies, specialising in New Media and was completed at Victoria University in Wellington. His PhD, in Cultural Studies was completed at University of Canterbury, and also at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he was a Fulbright International Scholar. He was also awarded a year-long research exchange at University of California, Berkeley.
Jonathan Howe, AIT Academic
Jonathan has been a variously teacher, curriculum manager, senior education manager for over 25 years. In education management, Jonathan has held roles in quality, compliance and risk, curriculum development, and academic and operations oversight. Jonathan has worked in the ELICOS, VET and Higher education sectors for small, medium and large providers. Jonathan has assisted various providers to successfully achieve registration and accreditation as ELICOS providers, RTOs and VET qualifications, Higher Education providers and HE qualifications and VET FEE-HELP approval, and managed the AUQA audit of Raffles College. He holds the following qualifications: Master of Applied Linguistics, Macquarie University; PgDip TESOL; and Diploma of Business Computing. His previous roles include: Director of Quality, Think Education Group; Academic Manager VET, Cengage Education (now Open Colleges); Accreditation Manager, Raffles College of Design & Commerce; Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator, Sydney English Language Centre; Database Development, IBM; and Business Analyst, Dun & Bradstreet.