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Allan Goody  BBus (Southern Queensland), EdM (Illinois), EdD (Illinois)
July 2013 - June 2019

I have been an academic for more than 30 years starting my career as a senior tutor in agribusiness at Muresk Institute of Agriculture in Western Australia. In that time I have I had a range of experiences in as a teacher and academic developer both in Australia and internationally. Currently I am a consultant in higher education.

While completing graduate studies in adult and higher education at the University of Illinois in the USA, I moved into academic development. The focus of my work for the past 20 plus years has been the preparation of academics to teach in higher education, particularly early career academics, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The collective experiences of living and working in a number of countries and higher education networks guides my work and add to my understanding of teaching and learning.  My work is influenced by a strong personal commitment to social justice, equity and diversity in teaching and learning and in the workplace.

When I returned from the USA in 1999, I joined HERDSA and have been an active member ever since. I have been the Series Editor of the HERDSA Guides since 2002 and am currently a Vice-President of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). I have been involved in many aspects of academic life but HERDSA has been the anchoring point that has created lasting collegial, scholarly and social friendships in Australia and across the world.  Membership of HERDSA gives me a sense of belonging to a community of thoughtful, innovative, collaborative, inclusive and friendly scholars that transcends disciplines and geography. 

My approach to my work is best summarised by a comment made by a colleague a couple of years back: “the core feature of who you are and what it is that is unique about you is that you accept people and situations for what they are, find a common ground and move on from there – it’s what’s always impressed me about the work you do and your interactions with people.” On a personal note, I love to travel and that is where I have found my life balance; some might say tipped a bit too far on the travel side.

Past Presidents

Shelda Debowski
University of Western Australia
July 2011 to June 2013

Geoffrey Crisp
University of Adelaide
July 2009 to June 2011

Shelda Debowski
University of Western Australia
July 2005 to June 2009

John Dearn
University of Canberra
July 2003 to June 2005

Angela Brew
University of Sydney
July 1999 to June 2003

Owen Hicks
University of Western Australia
July 1997 to June 1999

Peggy Nightingale
University of New South Wales
July 1996 to June 1997

Philip Candy
Queensland University of Technology
1992 to 1995

David Boud
University of New South Wales
1988 to 1991

John Bowden
University of Melbourne

Ernest Roe
University of Queensland

Jacqueline Lublin
New South Wales Institute of Technology

John Powell
University of New South Wales

Robert Ross
Griffith Institute for Higher Education

Barbara Falk
University of Melbourne

Fred Katz
University of New South Wales