The Academic Board oversees all academic functions of the Academy, including academic governance, curriculum development, delivery and assessment.
The functions of the Academic Board are:
1. Chair - Independent Member
Dr John M. Jenkins
John Jenkins has extensive academic governance and leadership experience. His previous appointments include: Professor and Chair of the Academic Board at Southern Cross University (SCU); Director of SCU Online; Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at SCU; and Chair of the Academic Board at TOP Education Institute. John is the Director of John M. Jenkins Pty Ltd, providing consultancy services to higher education institutions in the areas of corporate governance, academic governance, course accreditations and curriculum development, academic policies and procedures, and student matters, including student appeals, complaints and grievances.
John has also held previous appointments at Central Queensland University, the University of Canberra and The University of Newcastle. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Register of TEQSA Experts and an Adjunct Professor at SCU.
John has published a large collection of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles and reports, which are listed here.
2. Independent Member
Professor William Randall Albury
PhD, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland USA
Professor WR Albury has deep understanding and extensive experience in academic governance. He has held many higher education advisory and leadership roles such as:
3. Independent Member
Dr Lee McGowan
Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast
A Scot living in Brisbane, Lee McGowan has spent the 6 years since his PhD graduation crashing through intensive, consecutive and concurrent teaching contracts in the Creative Industries Faculty. It’s been great for his teaching – where he’s picked up a handful of teaching and performance Awards; and his service, he regularly makes appearances at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and his industry network continues to expand.
5. Head of Department (Sydney)
Head of Music, Sydney
Kemo’s teaching methods and influence reflect his own passion and extensive skills in composition, arranging and music technology, especially since he is a piano accordion virtuoso and an Australasian Accordion Champion.
By the age of 13, Kemo had learned early on how important it was to market one’s self as a musician, a concept which he aims to instil in his students. Kemo ensures that his students understand how to develop themselves as well-rounded musicians and teaches them the importance of being progressive within the industry.
6. Head of Department (Melbourne)
Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production, Melbourne
A musician, composer and sound engineer, Daniel is the owner and operator of boutique record label, Singplay. Daniels ongoing body of work includes compositions, performances and engineered material for local and international release, featured on iTunes, Radio and Film.
Daniel’s teaching philosophy is centered on establishing a bond between Education and Industry. Daniel is an AMEB trained musician, holding a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and is currently studying his Masters of Education.
7. Head of Department (Brisbane)
Head of Animation and Game Design, Brisbane
Lance is an educator in the creative industries, with over 15 years hands on experience teaching Photoshop. Lance’s relationship with Photoshop started in 1991 with Version 2.5 (pre layers!) and he has built a substantial understanding of the software over 25 years. Lance currently lives in Brisbane, Australia and was admitted to practice law two years ago.
Lance Balchin is also a children’s illustrator and author who has internationally published two books in the ‘Mechanica’ series with the Five Mile Press, Simon & Schuster, Little Bee Books and Bonnier Publishing. There are a further seven picture books to follow as well as a set of four novels. The books carry a strong environmental message and are written for children aged from 8 to 14.
9. Chief Executive Officer
Dr George Markakis
George Markakis started in accounting and business over 20 years ago. George has studied and worked in a number of business areas, including but not limited to compliance, business advice and management practices. He is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
In 1998, George joined JMC Academy. His initial role was Business Manager, encompassing all aspects of the business including academic, financial and operations. In 2001, as the organisation grew, the role was redefined to be that of Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. He has been a key member in all accreditation and re-accreditation processes for vocational and higher education, and was integral in the expansion of the College into Victoria in 2000 and Queensland in 2008.George has overseen the growth of the College, from being a single campus vocational education provider with just over 200 students to a private Higher Education provider across three states, over 15 qualifications and in excess of 1,600 students.
George is a member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) Finance Committee, a judge for the AIMIA awards (Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Awards), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.
10. Director of Education
Dr Sue-Ann Stanford
An education management specialist with 20 years experience in the vocational education and higher education sector, Dr Stanford has a proven track record in working with private educational institutions to have them registered, their courses accredited and then assisting them to manage the change from one institutional type to another with regards to regulatory requirements and cultural shifts.
Dr Stanford also worked as Academic Director at MCI Institute and MCI Solutions, Kaplan Professional Education, and at the Think Education Group providing academic leadership, initiating and maintaining appropriate academic governance mechanisms, leading a diverse team of highly skilled people, including academics, subject matter experts, instructional designers to develop and deliver innovative and engaging learning experience and innovate product lines and delivery modes, developing HE courses for re-accreditation.
Presentations and Publications
11. Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee
Mr Peter George
As a Producer, Director, Writer, Interviewer and Script Editor, Peter brings a resume of credit and awards to JMC Academy. As a filmmaker, major credits include the award winning documentaries Original Schtick, Schtick Happens, The Dream of Love, Not So Straight and The Triangle Wars, and fiction films Absence and William. Original Schtick won 2 AFI awards and the prestigious Rouben Mamoulian Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Almost all of Peter's films have travelled widely around the globe, including Original Schtick and William, which were invited to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Triangle War premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund, and recently won Best Australian Documentary at the inaugural Antenna International Documentary Festival.
In addition to filmmaking, Peter has also worked as a copywriter, a book editor, an industry consultant, an Advertising Account Executive and was the former Editor of If Magazine
Attachment: Academic Board and Academic Governance Induction Handbook
The protocols for membership and meetings of the Academic Board are as follows:
Membership of the Academic Board shall consist of:
The Academic Board meets on a date and time according to a pre-arranged schedule with a minimum of three meetings per year. Additional meetings may be scheduled should they be required. SECRETARIAT The Director of Education is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Academic Board.
For further information on communicating with the Academic Board please contact your local representative.