Associate Professor for Design and Innovation

Dr Katja Fleischmann is an experienced academic, researcher and designer with extensive knowledge of global and national issues driving the design profession. Having worked in the US, Europe and UK as interactive media designer and design educator and now Australia, she is well placed to contribute to the discourse around global movements in the design industry.

Her research centres around two often interlinking areas, the role of design in social, public and economic innovation, and the future of design education. Katja works currently on several research projects which include a study on the extent to which design-led innovation can drive change in the society towards a Circular Economy; a collaborative study on building economic development in Northern Australia through creative industries; and research on the transition of design education (studio-based learning) to an online learning environment.

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  • NM1014: Design Foundation (Level 1; TSV)
  • NM3410: Design Lab I (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Design-led innovation; Design for social, public and economic change; Keywords: Circular Economy; Co-creation, Design Thinking, Service Design and Innovation, Experience Design
  • Community and industry engagement; Keywords: Creative industries, creative economy and regional development
  • Design education for the 21st century; Keywords: design pedagogy, employability, collaborative practice, Work-Integrated Learning, blended learning, online design education
  • Service Design and Design Thinking
  • Digital Design
  • Experience Design
  • Design Research, Design Innovation
  • 2019 to present - Course Coordinator Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2017 to present - Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (Cairns, Townsville)
  • 2015 to present - Associate Professor Design and Innovation, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2007 to present - Head of Discipline of Media Design, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer in Media Design, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Lecturer in Media Design,, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 1999 to 2007 - Professor for Print and Media Design, University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany)
  • 1993 to 2006 - Designer for print and interactive media, Berlin, London, New York
  • 1997 to 1998 - Assistant Professor for Design, The City University New York (New York, USA)
  • 1996 to 1997 - Sessional Lecturer in Design, University of Miami (Miami, USA)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - Supervisory panel of the year, JCU (awarded to staff who excel in Higher Degree Research supervision) Prof Ryan Daniel and A/Prof Katja Fleischmann
  • 2014 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Government.
  • 2014 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, JCU.
  • 2010 - Research Excellence Award: The Most Promising Early Career Researcher, JCU.
  • 2009 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).
  • 2009 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, JCU.
  • 1997 - Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami.
  • 1997 - Who’s Who Award. Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • 1996 - Winner of Annual Report Cover Competition, Institute of International Education, USA.
  • 1995 - Junior Talent of the Year, Art Directors Club Germany.
  • 1993 - Vincent Steer Award (highest award of commendation), Society of Typographic Designers, UK.
  • 2013 - Special Interest Group Work Integrated Learning (SIG WIL), JCU Teaching and Learning Academy (leadership group).
  • 2012 - Design Research Society (DRS)
  • 2012 - DIA - Australian Design Institute
  • 2010 - Member of the JCU Teaching and Learning Academy, JCU Teaching Scholar
  • 2007 to 2014 - External reviewer for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; member of the accreditation and monitoring panel for the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), Bachelor of Creative Technologies; New Zealand
  • 1995 to 1997 - Fulbright Scholarship. Participant in the Fulbright Program

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  • Visual World-Building: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Concept Design in Fantasy Role Playing Games. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Investigating the gap Between University and Industry for Information Technology Graduates in Regional and Metropolitan Australia, and Evaluating what could be done by both Universities and Industry to Bridge this Gap (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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