Pro Vice-Chancellor/Chief Executive
Curtin University,
Sarawak, Malaysia

Professor Jim Mienczakowski is a graduate of the University of London. After training in the performing arts at the University of London’s Central School and working in theatre and media, Jim then worked for a decade with 11 to 18-year old children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and also taught in the West Indies and Australia before moving into higher education. Earning an MA from King’s College London, he went on to complete doctoral studies at Griffith University, Australia.

Prior to accepting the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Malaysia, he was Vice-Chancellor of ADEC’s Emirate’s College, Abu Dhabi and earlier served with Abu Dhabi Government’s ADEC as its establishing Foundation Executive Director of Higher Education and as an Education Advisor. Jim also held senior leadership positions in a number of higher education institutions in Australia. Formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Industry) of Victoria University and earlier Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) at CQU, Jim was also for several years a Foundation Dean of Education responsible for the pioneering of a profession-led workplace-ready training model for teachers.

Jim has served on numerous government Executive Committees, Boards, Research Boards and Statutory Education Authorities (including chairing the Queensland Government Studies Authority’s Senior Curriculum Committee) and, most recently, as an Executive Committee Member of New York University Abu Dhabi.

Jim has published various articles in qualitative research especially on action research and ethnography. Currently, he is an Editorial Board (action research) and Regional Editorial Advisor (qualitative research) for SAGE Publications, UK. In addition to that, he is also one of the Review Panels (Ethnography) for SAGE Publications, USA.



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