CQUni appoints first Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism
Published on 13 Mar, 2012Media Contact: Adjunct Professor Thomas Bauer Tel 07 4068 5888 or Prof Roger March 0411 269 411
For Immediate Release
An international tourism expert has become the first Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism at CQUniversity Australia.
Dr Thomas Bauer has substantial international experiences, qualifications and reputation as a leading sustainable tourism researcher, educator, investor and tourism operator.
Professor Roger March, Dean of CQUniversity's School of Management and Marketing, welcomed the appointment "as we develop our new tourism degrees and tourism course throughout our network of campuses in Australia and Singapore, as well as for a growing number of distance education students located all over the world'.
Adjunct Professor Bauer recently completed a 12-year posting as Assistant Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, contributing to that University's leading Asian and second position in world terms for scholarly publications. He has now has returned to his family business interest based at Dundee Park Academy near Mission Beach, Queensland.
The new appointee said he was excited with his new relationship at CQUniversity-Australia*.
"I look forward to contributing to the development of CQUni's links with academic, industry, government and international agencies, assisting in postgraduate research supervision and collaboration with CQUniversity academics on research projects and joint publications under the CQUni brand," he says.
Dr Bauer's extensive university teaching and research publications work, along with wide-ranging cross cultural consultancies and professional practice, have seen him address numerous international conferences, lead multi-disciplinary project teams in a number of countries and provide leadership in multi-lateral agencies such as the United National World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), World Vision, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Asia Pacific Education & Training Institute for Tourism (APETIT), and numerous national governments across Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
He is a leading world authority on tourism in Antarctica, and since 2003 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London. He retains strong linkages with the tertiary education sector in China as Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Tourism and as Guest Professor at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology. As a senior advisor to the International Centre for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (http://www.the-ice.org/) Dr Bauer will be able to mentor CQUni efforts for international benchmarking and accreditation of its new tourism related degrees.
At CQUniversity, Adjunct Professors are a high honour appointment enabling the University to optimise significant links with industry, the professions and the wider community. Adjunct Professors receive the privileges of a full-time academic staff member, can contribute to postgraduate research supervision, can provide guest lectures from time to time on topics where expertise is relevant to the CQUni community, and provide experienced academic and business knowledge to policy and/or committee input.
* The national and international reputation of teaching and research for Tourism at CQUniversity is at the embryonic stage. Significant new engagements by the small team of tourism academics have substantially lifted the University's profile in the past year, including CQUniversity as the only Australian university member of the Washington DC-based Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), where one full-time senior lecturer is a board member. With the endorsement of the Australian Government, CQUniversity has been accepted as an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, already ‘opening doors' to leading edge tourism research and projects of benefit to faculty, students and the growing international reputation of CQUniversity in the tourism field.