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Note to staff

25 June, 2008


Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ian Phau from CBS who has recently been singled out as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

A/Professor Phau who coordinates the Marketing Honours program in the School of Marketing, received the Award for his dedication and significant service as a reviewer for the Journal of Young Consumers.

The Award recognises A/Professor Phau as the most useful reviewer based on the group of international scholars who have reviewed the manuscripts.

A/Professor Phau has been the editor of the highly acclaimed Asian Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics for the past four years. Since his leadership of the journal, downloads and citations of the articles have increased five fold. The journal is published by Emerald, the foremost English language publisher of academic and professional literature in the world.

This is tremendous recognition for A/Professor Phau and for Curtin.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Academic Leadership Grant

Congratulations too, go to Associate Professor Rick Ladyshewsky from the Graduate School of Business and Professor Tricia Vilkinas at the University of South Australia, who were recently awarded funding to extend their work on Academic Leadership at the program director/course coordinator level. This project, entitled “Development of Academic Leadership within the University sector through the dissemination of a web-based 360 degree feedback process and related professional development workshops”, and funded for $118,000, will extend the development of a Web based 360 degree leadership assessment tool with an accompanying workshop format and training resource manual. The leadership program and tool will be embedded nationally across the higher education sector through a series of focussed workshops in each State. Key university representatives will attend the workshop and have the resources to embed the tools into their own institutional leadership programs. This work flows from the success of an earlier Carrick Institute Academic Leadership grant which was received by Professor Vilkinas and her team at the Uni SA and Curtin’s team comprising Sue Jones, Professor Bruce-Shortland Jones, Professor Beverley Oliver and Associate Professor Rick Ladyshewsky, to develop an academic leadership program for course coordinators for the ATN universities.

Myanmar and Sichuan disasters

The University recently held a memorial service for the victims of the disasters in Sichuan and Myanmar. It was a moving service with addresses from several staff and the Curtin Guild president together with representatives from various faiths.

Curtin is currently providing scholarships to Myanmar refugees and has decided to provide support for the China disaster through two scholarships, one for the School of Public Health at Sichuan University and one for the Sichuan (Chengdu) Centre for Disease Control. Curtin has links with both of these institutions and we will ask them to nominate junior staff members who will be committed to returning home to assist with the public health issues that will be associated with this disaster. Further information is available through the International Office on extension 3064.

John Curtin Medal Nominations for 2008

I would like to remind you that nominations are now open for this year’s John Curtin Medal. The John Curtin Medal is awarded to outstanding members of the community who personify John Curtin’s attributes of vision, leadership and community service.   I invite you to nominate candidates for this award by completing and returning the Nomination Form to the Public Relations Manager, Corporate Communications, Building 104. Nominations should be received by 5pm, Friday 18 July 2008. Further information can be found at or by contacting Julia Nicol, Public Relations Manager on x 7711.

Power savings

This is just a timely reminder for all staff to ensure that all non-essential lighting and equipment such as computers, printers and faxes are switched off when you leave work. Properties is also investigating ways of reducing University-wide energy consumption on an ongoing basis but in particular during this present shortage.

Thank you to all staff for supporting this initiative.