MEDIA RELEASE Published: 29 January 2015 Appointment of Dr Chris Rayner as Acting Director The Executive Committee of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) is very pleased to announce that Dr Chris Rayner will serve as the ACYS Acting Director after the announcement by Dr Jeremy Prichard of his intention to step down as the Director. Dr Prichard will however continue to serve as a member of the ACYS Executive Committee. Dr Rayner was first introduced to ACYS by his PhD supervisors, Professor Carey Denholm and Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman. He then joined the ACYS Executive Committee in March 2014 as the Faculty of Education representative. In January 2015, on accepting the role of Acting Director, Dr Rayner thanked Dr Prichard and remarked, ‘Dr Jeremy Prichard has been outstanding as Director, and his will be big shoes to fill. We are grateful that Jeremy is able to continue with us on the Executive Committee despite managing a significant new level of professional responsibility and leadership within the Faculty of Law. Jeremy’s new responsibilities have, in part, resulted from the appointment of his colleague, Professor Kate Warner, to the role of Governor of Tasmania.’ He continued to say, ‘We hope, in the near future, to appoint a new Director who has the passion, expertise, public profile, and professional capacity to steer ACYS into the future. In the interim, the ACYS staff, Executive Committee, and consultants will continue to engage with our stakeholders and work collaboratively to ensure that those working with young people are empowered to make informed decisions about policy, practice and programs. Our manager, Lindsey Moffatt, has a real appreciation for this dynamic sector and has great insights into how we can enhance our contribution to it. We’ve started 2015 with renewed vision and look forward to the opportunities it will bring.’ Dr Rayner is a lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Tasmania. His research has focused on the education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly the use of video modeling and the use of related educational technologies. He has published in, and reviewed for, a number of international journals in this field. A key part of his teaching role in the Faculty of Education is to develop pre-service teachers’ capacity to cater for student diversity. Dr Rayner believes that teachers must anticipate and celebrate student diversity and that inclusive education is about working together to ensure that each student can realise their unique potential in the context of community. In addition to leading the Professional Studies Task Group and serving as a Research Ethics Coordinator, Dr Rayner facilitates the Inclusive Education Collective research group and is coordinating the recently developed postgraduate courses in inclusive education for education professionals. These courses will include postgraduate units on the education of children with dyslexia. For more information contact: Marta Guerra, ACYS Marketing and Communications Email: [email protected] Phone: 03 6226 1748 ABOUT ACYS The Australian Clearinghouse House for Youth Studies (ACYS) is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to collect, synthesise and disseminate information on youth research and practice to policymakers, practicioners, academics and those working with and for young Australians, from early adolescence to the early adult years (12–25 years). ACYS provides analysis and practical resources on good practice, and how to get there. Presents youth sector news and events round-ups. Delivers inter-disciplinary information and covers a wide range of issues offered via: Youth Field Xpress (YFX) a monthly email news bulletin; Face the Facts, briefings on youth research policy and practice; Supported by case studies, podcasts, webinars and help desk services. All available free at: http://www.acys.info.
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