Jonathon has 20 years' university teaching and leadership experience, having taught in three countries, and has supervised many international award-winning students. In addition to his extensive teaching, he has held a number of leadership roles at Western including, Provost of Penrith Campus (2011-2014); Director of Academic Program for Design within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts (2012-2013), and Associate Head of School (Industrial Design) in the School of Engineering (2008-2010). Prior to Western he held academic positions at Monash University, Massey University, NZ, and Loughborough University, UK.
His teaching centres on design's role in enhancing the social, cultural and environmental landscapes of people's lives. An Industrial Designer by training, his PhD was in designing for people with disabilities and wearable computing, and his research interests span material intelligence and intelligent use of materials, designing for people with disabilities, and the application of design thinking to address pressing concerns related to food security, climate change, and health. He's been playing with Augmented Reality for the last few years to explore and engage in the future and to discover art and (hi)stories in unlikely places.