Chair, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the English Centre at the University of Hong Kong; President, Anaheim University, and Dean, Graduate School of Education
I have been living and working outside of Australia for most of my professional life – a period of over thirty years. I am currently Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. I am also President of Anaheim University which has campuses in California and Tokyo. In addition to Hong Kong, the United States and Japan I have worked at tertiary institutions in Britain, Thailand, and Singapore. I have also worked extensively in mainland China. My most recent project there was to design the curriculum and write the textbooks for the junior high school system. This was an exciting, if somewhat daunting task, given the fact that there are around 30 million students in the system.
Over the years, I have received numerous honors and awards including a citation from the United States Congress for services to language education. However, my proudest achievement came at the end of 2006 when I was awarded the Flinders University 40th Anniversary Convocation Medal.
My association with Flinders University goes back to 1981. In that year I gave up my junior lectureship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and registered for a PhD in the Faculty of Education. I was lucky enough to find myself being supervised by Professor Jonathan Anderson. Not only did he help me complete my doctorate in a timely fashion (I submitted my dissertation in 1984), but, by example, he also taught me how to be an effective doctoral supervisor myself.
I am proud of my association with Flinders University and truly honoured to have been awarded the 2006 Convocation Medal.