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Voting: Academic Board — election of members from the professoriate and associate professoriate (levels D and E)

Election of eight members from the professoriate and associate professoriate (levels D and E) to Academic Board (no more than two from any one faculty)
Terms begin from 1 January 2018 and last for either two or three years (see term of office)

Any academic staff member (continuing or fixed-term at levels D or E) can vote in this election (Rule G3-24(1)(h)).

Restrictions: Students, undergraduate students, postgraduate students and postgraduate research students who are also members of academic or professional staff of the University (either continuing or fixed-term) are not entitled to stand as candidates, nominate candidates or vote in this election (Rule G3-24(2)).
Ballot opens Tuesday 7 November 2017
closes Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 3pm
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Candidates in ballot paper order

Candidates' statements

James Goodman

Candidate did not submit a statement.

Thomas Clarke

I wish to serve as an academic staff member of the new UTS Academic Board from the professoriate and associate professoriate, and hope for your support.

I am a Professor at UTS Business, researching and publishing extensively on international corporate governance and sustainability, and contributed to Academic Boards of universities in Australia, UK and China.

Formerly I consulted to the Boards of international intellectual property companies, and represented university academics at national level.

As a former Chair of UTS Academic Board I wish to see the Board and wider academic community engaged in shaping the university agenda, and providing the inspiration to meet the challenges the university encounters.

While embarking on strategic advances in our teaching, research and engagement with the wider community we must maintain our academic integrity.

I will contribute to the concerted effort to make UTS a world class university, championing and practicing important values of collegiality.

David Eager

I originally joined UTS in July 1995 as a part-time Lecturer.

I initially served on the Academic Board from November 1997 to November 2003 (4 years) and again from February 2009 to present (9 years).

I was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair Academic Board (AB) in January 2011 until Dec 2012. During this period I was on the Executive Committee to Academic Board (ECAB) and acted as Chair of AB and ECAB. I have served on Academic Board Working Groups (ABWG) and chaired the Risk Management ABWG and University Engagement ABWG.

I have served a total of thirteen years on AB and I will continue to act as a conduit between the Academic Board and general and academic staff both within FEIT and to the wider UTS community.

Behzad Fatahi

I, Behzad Fatahi, am an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am a Chartered Professional Engineer and was working with Coffey Geotechnics Pty Ltd. prior to joining UTS in 2008. I hold BEng and PhD from the University of Wollongong. I would like to reflect collective views of academic staff in the UTS Academic Board helping to set strategic academic direction, and academic standards, and further develop plans for academic quality assurance and management of academic risk. I will be working with other Academic Board members, to raise academic standing of UTS. If elected, I will contribute to discussion and debate on the academic directions of the University.

Tracey Booth

I joined the Faculty of Law in June 2007. I was Director of Academic Programs 2013-2016 and I currently I play an active role in researcher development. With respect to teaching, I am responsible for training law students undertaking a higher degree by research and I have been involved in the BCII program since its inception.

I am a socio-legal scholar. The major focus of my research is the ramifications of the prominence of crime victims in contemporary criminal justice policy for legal processes and laws and my work aims to inform the role of victims in legal procedures such as sentencing and bail. Since 2014, I have been a member of the NSW Sentencing Council. The Sentencing Council advises the NSW Attorney-General on sentencing matters.

Christopher Poulton

I am Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of the Mathematical Sciences, with a strong research profile in Theoretical Photonics and Mathematical Physics. I have extensive experience in teaching mathematics to students at all levels in Science and Engineering, and have been a consistent and strong advocate for increasing student engagement with the learning process, while maintaining and improving quantitative skills in STEM subjects. I have championed the use of technology in teaching and assessment, as well as effective face-to-face methods and course content drawn from research and industry. At the same time I have strongly advocated for the involvement of research-active academics in teaching at all levels, and the fostering of a healthy and balanced academic community at UTS that excels in both teaching and research.

Adel Al-Jumaily

I would like to be on the Academic Board to reflect my colleagues’ opinions and suggestions and discussion regarding academic policy development in teaching and learning, scholarship and research that improve the academic life in UTS. This will be done in conjunction with the academic directions of the University as well as the quality of its academic programs, and I my going to do my best to achieve that.

I have gained good administrative experience, as I used to be a chairing program and committee, faculty board (many times) and University academic board (twice member); this proves my capability to suggest and convey issues of interest to the academic staff.

David Leary

I joined the Faculty of Law at UTS in 2012 having previously worked at UNSW, Macquarie University and having completed a postdoc overseas. Since joining UTS I have served, inter alia, as Director of Courses in the Law Faculty and as a member of Courses and Research committees in Law and on Business Faculty Board. I will bring this experience to my work at Academic Board if elected. Much has changed in the UTS approach to education, research and community engagement since 2012. Overall most of these changes have been positive, but some recent initiatives have not been as well planned and implemented as they should have been. On Academic Board I will do my best to make sure the implications of all future initiatives are properly considered to ensure they are sound, coherent and well planned to ensure UTS truly is a world-leading university of technology.

Beth Goldblatt

I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. My qualifications include a BA(Hons) LLB LLM (Witwatersrand) PhD (UNSW) and I am admitted as an attorney in South Africa. I hold visiting positions at the University of New South Wales and the University of the Witwatersrand. I am the Program Head for Internships, a member of the Faculty Research Committee, and one of the convenors of the Feminist Legal Research Group in the Law Faculty. I have served on Faculty and University level committees at two other universities concerning issues of equity and diversity. I am keen to contribute to Academic Board, particularly in relation to the development of the university’s approach to experiential learning, and to the promotion of equality and social justice across the university and in the broader society.

How to vote in an online ballot

  1. Note your candidate choices and preference order
  2. Log in to UTS: Elections Online Polling Booth
  3. Choose the election you wish to vote in
  4. Select the candidates you wish to vote for
  5. Check your vote
  6. When you are ready, choose 'submit' to record your vote.


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Further information

The schedule for this election has information about the election rules, Returning Officer and Academic Board.

About voting has information about votes, confidentiality and determining election outcomes.