Meet the Board

Professor Michelle Towstoless

Chair SCEI-HE Academic board

PhD (University of Melbourne), B.Sc.(Hons.) (University of Melbourne)

The current chair of the SCEI Academic Board is Michelle Towstoless. Michelle received her Bachelor with Science with first class Honours (1984) and Doctorate of Philosophy (1988) both from the University of Melbourne. Her doctorate examined aspects of fetal fluid and electrolyte balance and her studies were undertaken at the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine. Michelle spent most of her academic career at Victoria University Melbourne where she started her career in 1987. Michelle has published on a variety of topics related to ontogenetic changes in the fetus.

She held the position of Chair of the Academic Board at Victoria University over successive terms, chairing its numerous subcommittees with oversight for: course approval and review; establishing and maintain academic standards; postgraduate research training as well as resources and planning. Michelle also served on the Footscray Institute and Victoria University Councils for extended periods. At Victoria University Michelle held a number of senior appointments including: Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science; Pro-Vice Chancellor Colleges and Distinctive Specialisations; and Pro-Vice Chancellor Industry, Committee and Sport Engagement. External to Victoria University Michelle has held a number of important positions such as the Chair of the Victorian Deans of Health and has been actively involved as chair and/or member of a number of not for profit community health organisations.

Professor Emeritus Anona Armstrong AM

Chair SCEI-HE Corporate board


Professor Anona Armstrong AM is Chair of the Board of Southern Cross Institute of Education-Higher Education. She was formerly Director of Research and Research Training, Professor of Governance and Head of the Governance Research Programs in the Colleges of Law and Business, Victoria University. Her major research interests are evaluation, governance and ethics. She has supervised over 70 postgraduate theses and published many books and papers on these topics. Her latest book with Ronald Francis is “The Meetings Handbook”. Her latest article is a chapter addressing the Governance of Public Service Companies.

She was Foundation President, and is a Fellow of IPAA (Vic), the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Life Member and Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society, and Clare College Cambridge University. She is a Director of several companies and has served on the boards of professional associations and educational institutions. She was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community and education.

Meet the Staff

Your SCEI-HE experience will be supported by an Academic Director, Course Coordinator, Field Placement Officer, Student Welfare Coordinator and staff and Student Support Officers.

Dr Ian Mosley

Course Director, Bachelor of Health and Community Services

PhD (University of Melbourne), Master of Business (Management), Grad Dip (Education), Grad Dip (Health Administration), Bachelor of Business, Registered Nurse.

Dr Ian Mosley is a Registered Nurse who has undertaken research studies at the National Stroke Research Institute, Florey Neuroscience Institute, Monash University, Monash Health and the National Trauma Research Institute, Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He has considerable experience and a proven track record developing and implementing health service and public health research projects.

Currently Dr Mosley is actively involved in studies that investigate community stroke knowledge, the responses of the public to symptoms and the organisation of pre-hospital and emergency care for time critical medical emergencies. He has recently held positions coordinating large multi campus undergraduate courses in Melbourne as well as designing honours programs for graduate registered nurses. He has a passion for developing early career health professionals as they transition through higher education and on to their chosen professions.

Dr Alvin Rendell

Academic Director

PhD (RMIT University), Master of Creative Writing (RMIT University) and Bachelor of Teaching (Deakin University)

Alvin Rendell is the Academic Director at SCEI-HE responsible for managing the accreditation of SCEI-HE programs and overseeing program quality across the Institute. Alvin has been a lifelong teacher, course designer and director of studies. He has extensive experience in higher education course development, specifically liaising with accrediting bodies such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and peak industry bodies.

He is a curriculum quality and development professional who has authored and successfully managed the accreditation process of Bachelor and postgraduate courses across a diverse range of disciplines. As an advocate for quality higher education, he actively maintains his personal involvement in the development of students and staff.

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