Jane James is Professor of Tourism and has been instrumental in the establishment and delivery of Flinders successful tourism degrees and short course programs since 1997.
She has an international reputation for research in site interpretation and tourism, the effective and sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage, and the evaluation of visitor experiences. Jane is a sought after speaker for international keynote addresses and presentations. She has contributed to teaching and research in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe and to tourism course development and assessment at a number of international universities.
A trainer at heart, she still gets a real buzz when people 'get it', whether that's in the classroom, in the field or at a tourist site, and is a dedicated subscriber to the power and influence of good interpretation, believing that it can truly make a difference to understanding, engagement and visitor experiences.
Since the first intake of students in 1997, I have overseen the expansion and coordination of Flinders Tourism programs.
These include the Bachelor of Cultural Tourism (1997 - 2007), the Bachelor of International Tourism (2008 - 2011), and Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters graduate programs in Festival and Event Design and Management, Tourism; plus PhD studies in Tourism.
We also offer a highly respected Industry Certificate that is endorsed by the SATC.
Currently my key responsibilities include postgraduate teaching, maintaining strong tourism industry links and doing research.
My particular research interests are in the effective and sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage, the delivery of authentic interpretation and the evaluation of visitor experiences. I have conducted an extensive range of research projects in regional South Australia with a special focus on mining, industrial and settlement heritage interpretation, and I have published in a number of fields including heritage interpretation and geo-tourism.
Much of my research is integrated into my teaching.
I have undertaken applied research in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe.
2012 - present Member of Heritage Council (SA)
2004 - 2011 Member of Tourism Minister's Round Table
2005 - 2010 Presiding Member of National Parks and Wildlife Council
2007 - 2009 Adelaide Park Lands Authority Board member (Deputy Presiding Member 2009)
2005 - 2007 Member of Tourism Minister's Workforce Development Working Group
2002 - 2007 Board Director, South Australian Tourism Commission
2005 - 2010 External Examiner, Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Tourism Management), Hong Kong Institute of Education
2005 - 2008 External Examiner, Bachelor in Tourism Management, University of Mauritius
2000 - 2006 Chair, (2004 - 2006) and Academic Board member TAFE SA Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management, Hospitality Management and Recreation Management)
2000 - 2004 Academic Board Le Cordon Bleu Bachelor of Hotel & Resort Management, Bachelor of Convention & Event Management & Bachelor of International Restaurant Business
2006 - 2007 Academic Board Gibaran Management Institute (RTO)
1988 - 1991 Supervising and Chief Examiner (Geology), Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia
1996 - 1999 Course Advisory Committee (Tourism), Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia
1999 - 2006 Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, South Australian Tourism Commission
1996 - 1998 Ecotourism Strategy Development Committee South Australian Tourism Commission
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