Professor James Arvanitakis
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Western Sydney University
Platypuses, black swans and the new (not so) normal
The year 2020 has delivered many disrupters that have challenged the higher education sector in many ways: from bushfires to COVID19, tensions with China and an often hostile federal government. The challenges should not be seen as temporary while they seem to have severely impacted the sector in 2020, represents an accumulation of trends that have been emerging over the last few decades. Rather than withdrawing, however, we should be inspired to confront them head on and plan structure changes to better serve us on the unknown roads that lie ahead.
Professor James Arvanitakis (PhD) the Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of Western Sydney University’s Institute for Cultural and Society, having recently spent 12 months at the University of Wyoming as the Milward L Simpson Fulbright Fellow. In 2015, James founded The Academy at Western Sydney University – an Honours College – that received an Australian Financial Review Higher Education Excellence Award (2016). In 2016, he established Western’s Graduate Research School and was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) 2018-20.
James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching, receiving the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award (2012) and names an Eminent Researcher by the Australia India Education Council (2015).
James is an Honorary Fellow at the Australian India Institute since 2016. He has over 100 publications and his latest book is Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in India and Australia (2019). He is a regular media commentator often seen on the Drum and News24.