Professor Ryan Daniel is an active researcher, teaching scholar and postgraduate supervisor, with interests in music, artists' careers, creative industries, cultural policy and continuous improvement and leadership in higher education arts environments. After completing a Bachelor of Music Honours degree in 1994 (Class I and University Medal), Professor Daniel completed a Master of Music degree on scholarship at the University of Cape Town where he studied with the renowned chamber musician Lamar Crowson. Following a short period in Manchester where he worked with a leading Beethoven scholar, Dr Barry Cooper, Ryan returned to commence an academic career at James Cook University, completing his PhD in 2005. 

Professor Daniel was formally appointed as Foundation Head of School of Creative Arts at JCU from 2007-2011, leading the establishment of the new suite of undergraduate programs on both campuses as well as the specialist facility in Townsville.  In 2011 he was awarded the Career Development Association of Australia ‘Research Award’ for the best article by an Australian author published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in 2010. He maintains an active performance, teaching and publishing profile, the latter in leading international publications including the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Studies in Higher Education, Creative Industries, British Journal of Music Education, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, CoDesign, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and Music Education Research. Professor Daniel has achieved significant awards for his teaching, including the JCU Vice Chancellor’s citation for teaching excellence (2004, 2006) as well as a national ALTC citation (2010). He is a reviewer for a range of journals and book publishing houses as well as grants assessor for Arts Queensland.

  • CV4041: Introduction to Research Methodology (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Associate Dean Research Education (CASE), James Cook University (All campuses)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Member - Academic Board, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Grants Assessor, Arts Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2014 to 2016 - School Council Chair, Kirwan State High School (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Fellow in Residence, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2013 to 2014 - External Reviewer, Hong Kong Institute of Education (Singapore)
  • 2012 - Fellow in Residence, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2011 - Head of School of Creative Arts, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Editorial board member, Music Education Research and Innovation (Queensland)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Acting Head of School Creative Arts, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1999 to 2004 - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1995 to 1998 - Sessional Lecturer, College of Music, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 1992 to 1994 - Sessional Lecturer, Department of Music, James Cook University (Townsville)
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  • 2011 - Career Development Association of Australia Research Award for best article by an Australian author published in the Australian Journal of Career Development 2010.
  • 2006 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2006 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2004 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2002 - ‘Best paper presentation by a postgraduate student’ award, Australian Association of Research in Music Education conference, University of Adelaide
  • 1998 - Jules Kramer Music Grant for Overseas Study, University of Cape Town
  • 1998 - Overseas Research Student Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, United Kingdom
  • 1998 - University of Manchester PhD Research Studentship, Manchester UK
  • 1995 - J.W. Jagger Memorial Foreign Student Scholarship, University of Cape Town

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 80+ research outputs authored by Prof Ryan Daniel from 2000 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Visual World-Building: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Concept Design in Fantasy Role Playing Games. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Divine Beauty and Feminine Aesthetics of Contemporary Women (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Urban Construct: An abstract view of diversity in Townsville's built environment. (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Narrative Arts and Curatorial Practice (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Alchemy: Re-Visioning Fine Art Photography in the Digital Age (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Artists - Explorers of North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Investigating cross-boundary competence of university professional staff working in collaborative third space environments; multiple case study of Australian and Singapore campuses of one university (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Virtual Orchestration : Computer Assisted Film Music Composition - The Changing Nature of the Film Composer’s Creative Practice;; (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Australian Cultural Identity and Support for Pluralism in Visual Art Practice. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Building cultural and social capital through re-purposing community industrial infrastructure: A Case study of the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • What cinematic devices can be used to portray mental Illness (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Current Wellbeing of Visual Art Students in Australia: Cultivating Wellbeing Through Tertiary Teaching Strategies (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)

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