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Dr Jurg Bronnimann

Head of School Higher Education, Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), German Crime Fiction

  • Name: Dr Jurg Bronnimann
    Position: Head of School Higher Education, Teaching and Learning
    Research focus: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), German Crime Fiction

    Phone: +61 8 8939 7328

    Qualifications: PhD in German (Massey University, NZ) Master of Arts in German, First class Honours (Massey University, NZ), Batchelor of Social Sciences (Sociology) Batchelor of Arts (German) (Massey University, NZ), Certificate in Higher Education (Unitec, NZ).

    Professional memberships and associations
    • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Member
    • Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), External Reviewer
    • South Australia Northern Territory Promotion of Excellence Network (SANTPEN), Committee Member
    • Batchelor Institute Academic Board, Chair
    • Batchelor Institute Teaching and Learning committee, Chair
    • CDU Academic Board, Invited member
    • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Member
    • Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
  • Dr Jurg Bronnimann has been working in the tertiary education sector (Universities and Polytechnics) over the last 20 years. As well as having been a lecturer in German literature, language and culture, Jurg was the Programme Director for the Bachelor of Arts at Unitec in New Zealand, where he was responsible for the development of Majors in German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and English as an additional language. Before taking up the post as Manager Curriculum Development, at Bahrain Polytechnic, Dr Bronnimann was the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Unitec.

    Before entering the academic life Dr Bronnimann was an Air Traffic Controller in Geneva, Switzerland.


    • Massey University Scholar


    2013 – Present Head of School Higher Education, Teaching and Learning, Batchelor Institute
    2011 – 2013 Manager Learning and Engagement, Batchelor Institute
    2008 – 2011 Manager Curriculum Development Unit, Bahrain Polytechnic
    2007 – 2008 Assoc. Head of School of Community Studies, Unitec, NZ
    2006 – 2007 Acting Dean Teaching and Learning, Unitec, NZ
    2004 – 2006 Academic Advisor, Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation, Unitec, NZ
    2000 – 2004 Programme Director, Bachelor of International Languages, Unitec, NZ
    1992 – 1999 Lecturer (Casual), Department of European Languages, Massey University, NZ
    1974 – 1985 Air Traffic Controller, Swiss control, Geneva, Switzerland


    • Batchelor Institute Academic Board, Chair
    • Batchelor Institute Teaching and Learning Committee, Chair
    • Batchelor Institute Scholarships and Special Awards Committee, Chair
    • CDU Academic Board, Invited member

    Build a broad cultural base for SoTL within the SANTPEN institute partnership
    • The project aims to facilitate an increased understanding, amongst a broader audience of HE staff, of the key SoTL principles considered fundamental to the development of good teaching.
    • Modelling a SoTL approach including developing a reflective-grounded evidence base.
    • Creating new SoTL resources and disseminating them to OLT stakeholders.

    Learning Analytics: Assisting Universities with Student Retention This is a collaborative project funded by an OLT grant between CDU, Batchelor Institute, Griffith University, University of Newcastle, and Murdoch University. The project has three stages:
    • Phase one: there will be mixed method data collection comprised of a literature review, two surveys and a series in-depth interviews
    • Phase two: Data analysis
    • Phase three: National forum to share findings


    (forthcoming, Book chapter) Huijser, H., Bronnimann, J. 2014. Exploring the Opportunities of Social Media to Build Knowledge in Learner-Centered Indigenous Learning Spaces
    Book chapter. Bronnimann, J. 2008. –ky, Horst Bosetzky in Killy Literaturlexikon. Verlag Walter de Gruyter GmbH Co. KG, Berlin.
    Book. Bronnimann, J. 2004. Der Sozialkriminalroma: ein neues Genre oder ein soziologisches Experiment? NordPak Verlag, Germany.
    Bronnimann, J., East, M. 2000. Turning on global roaming. NZ Education Review.


    Critical Reflection in a SoTL context. SANTPEN Seminar in Adelaide May 2014.
    Exploring the opportunities of social media for Indigenous teaching and learning approaches. Online presentation with Huijser, H. on Classroom 2.0, 2012.
    'Te Noho Kotahitanga' (the Partnership) and Quality Management Systems. HERDSA conference in Sydney, 2005.
    The Politicisation of the Crime Novel. AULLA Conference in Cairns, 2005.

    Principal Supervisor – Masters

    John Whop
    People and Languages: Exploratory Research into Language Shifts and Changes
    Lea Streeting
    The history of the Wayan language