Assoc. Prof. Gordon Thomas

Nominated By: Dr Jan Cameron
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Associate Professor
Family Names(s): Suddaby
Mailing Address: 21 Johnstone Drive
Palmerston North
Country: New Zealand
Office Telephone: 64 (0)6 350 5421
Residence Telephone: 64 (0)6 3533053
Nationality/Citizenship: New Zealand
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 04-11-1946
Current Position: Associate professor, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Current Employer: Massey University
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English
Fluent in Writing: English
Fluent in Speaking: English
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Master of Education (honours),Massey University,1998
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Diploma in Teaching,Dunedin College of Education,1970
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Post graduate Diploma in Science (credit),Otago University,1971
4. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Bachelor of Science,Otago University,1969
Nominee Application Form: Part B
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • QA of Open learning institutes
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Institutional accreditation
  • Student feedback and surveys
  • Online program accreditation
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Member of AUQA Quality Audit team
Institution/City/Country: University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Date: June, 2009
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
2. Brief Description: Sole Reviewer of Office of Learning, Teaching and Quality then implemented the review findings. Also member of pilot Quality Audit team
Institution/City/Country: Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
Date: Aug, 2010; Nov, 2010; June, 2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
3. Brief Description: Member of team reviewing Global Learning Division
Institution/City/Country: University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia
Date: April, 2009
4. Brief Description: Member of NZ Academic Audit Unit Team conducting Institutional audit
Institution/City/Country: University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
Date: October, 2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: I am an experienced Australian and New Zealand Quality Auditor, being an auditor for the Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA), the NZ Academic Audit Unit, and the NZ Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Quality organisation (ITPQ) for 5 years until ITPQ functions were absorbed by the NZ Qualifications Authority rnrnI was AUQA panellist auditing the University of New England in 2009. I was also a panellist conducting a trial audit of Charles Darwin University in 2010. I am on the NZ Academic Audit Unit panel which will audit the University of Otago in October, 2011.rnrnI was a member of panels for full audits of Otago Polytechnic, and the Southern Institute of Technology for ITPQ. I have undertaken programme and degree accreditations at WinTec (Waikato Institute of Technology), Whitireira Polytechnic, Otago Polytechnic, and the Southern Institute of Technology.rnrnI am an experienced reviewer. I was team member for the review of the Global Learning Division of the University of Southern Queensland. I reviewed the Teaching and Learning Quality and Community Engagement Groups (the Pro-Vice Chancellor; Teaching, Learning and Community Engagementâ??s management line) at Charles Darwin University in 2011 and was invited back to implement the review recommendations and facilitate the new structure. rnrnMy discipline is Higher Education and eLearning. I wrote, introduced and teach the Post Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching at Massey. I was Director of Academic Development and eLearning at Massey University for 10 years before promotion to Associate Professor and an academic role. This area is the focus of my research which includes; leading the team which developed the eLearning Guidelines, investigating the impact of academic development on student learning, investigating the effectiveness of blended approaches to teaching and learning, and identifying factors affecting student engagement in the sciences. My consultancy experience includes advising on and implementing an academic development programme at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.rnrnIn 2007, I was elected President of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and eLearning, (ACODE) and re-elected in 2009. ACODE is the peak Australasian body in the area of open, distance and elearning and includes all but 2 Australian Universities, all NZ Universities, and the University of the South Pacific. rnrnI have a high profile in my specialist area across the Australasian region and beyond. As well as my roles in both ACODE and Ako Aotearoa, I am a member of NZâ??s Tertiary eLearning Reference Group, executive member of both HERDSANZ and DEANZ, and on the organising committee for the 2012 ascilite conference.rnrnI led the Massey team awarded the $20,000,000.00 contract to host Ako Aotearoa, New Zealandâ??s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and retain a major role in that organisation. I have extensive experience in winning and leading funded projects responsible for projects valued at more than $3,000,000.00 over the past few years. Currently I co-lead an Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project, a â??National Networking Initiativeâ?? (NNI) aimed at continuing ALTCâ??s roles of; facilitating sharing best practice; promoting collaboration and collegiality; and continuing to engage academic staff in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

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