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Governance

The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

ICT Educators Committee

 

  • Dr Therese Keane

    CHAIR
    AACS

    For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on ICT Leadership in schools. At a national level, Therese is the Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education. Therese is a former office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT. She has written several textbooks in all units of Senior IT in Victoria, VCE Information Technology since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years. Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

  • Dr Christina Chalmers

    Vice Chair

    Dr Christina Chalmers is a senior lecturer in Technologies Education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Chris currently leads the Robotics@QUT project which is a support network developed to assist teachers and students from over 50 schools in low SES areas, engaging in robotics-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. Chris is involved in research projects focusing on technology, robotics, social skills, computational thinking, and STEM. These projects are with a number of key partners including the Cooperative Research Centre for Autism, Brisbane Catholic Education, the Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA) and researchers from the University of Queensland and Swinburne University. Chris has been involved in a large research project ‘General Technology Teacher Training in China’, working with 420 teachers from 32 provinces to engage them in furthering their knowledge and understanding of how to integrate robotics into their technology lessons.

  • Dr Andrew Fluck

    MACS Snr

    Dr. Fluck trained as a teacher in Bristol, England. He has taught science, mathematics and computing in Nigeria, England and Australia. He is a past secretary of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), and is now a senior lecturer in information technology education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. His numerous publications reflect his research interests in the transformational potential of computers in education. He was a co-author of the government report Making Better Connections and the book Seven steps to ICT integration. His funded research investigates the use of computers to teach integral calculus and quantum mechanics in primary schools; and eExaminations, where students take their own computers into the exam hall. He is the chair of Working Group 3.3 (research into educational applications of information technologies) for IFIP/UNESCO. Andrew is also anavid longbow archer and continental archery judge.

  • Professor Katrina Falkner

    MACS

    Professor Falkner is Head of the School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Professor Falkner leads the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER), and the Modelling & Analysis Program within the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies (CDIT). Professor Falkner has extensive experience in industry consultation, working with DST Group, NICTA, Google US, Google Australia & New Zealand, the Department of Education and Training, and Telstra Foundation, crossing both the areas of Computer Science Education and Distributed Defence Systems. Professor Falkner has attracted over $13 million in government and industry funding to support her research and community work.Professor Falkner has received numerous awards for her work in Computer Science leadership and education, including 2015 EdTechSA Leader of the Year, 2015 EdTechSA/ International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ‘Making IT Happen’ Award, an Australian Computing Society (ACS) Gold Award as an ICT Higher Education Educator of the Year (2015), the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) and ACS National Leader of the Year Award (2016) and the CORE John Hughes Distinguished Service Award.

  • Ms Nicolette Venn