Head of Creative Writing appointed as new board member
The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) has welcomed new board member, Professor Craig Batty, to its first board meeting of 2019.
Originating in 2013, the DDCA is a representative body for the creative arts in Australian Universities with aims to; advance the culture of scholarship in the creative arts higher education sector, offer strong leadership and advocacy for strategic development and advocate more broadly for the role of the creative arts in society.
With seven years as a Creative Practice Research Leader and HDR Director under his belt, Professor Batty is also Chair of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Research Sub-Committee, and head of the research portfolio for the Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).
Professor Batty is also a published author, including his recent co-edited book, Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018), and Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (2014).
As a newly appointed Board Member of the DDCA, Professor Batty has mentioned he’d like to “bring more prominence to the areas of screen production and creative writing, which are important disciplines within the DDCA community”.
He has also mentioned his passion towards HDR supervision, where he aims to “create opportunities for enhancing the research training of creative candidates, especially in a constantly shifting landscape where Government imperatives are forcing universities to re-conceptualise how they structure and supervise research degrees”.