Pierre Van Osselaer teaches a variety of Business units; primarily in the areas of communication, marketing, and governance. He also teaches Creativity and Innovation.
He is a business consultant with extensive professional experience. Pierre was awarded a PhD by Murdoch University for his work on dynamic processes in communication. He holds a 1st Class Honours BA English from Curtin University.
Also qualified in systems analysis, corporate management, financial systems design, and project control, his published writing includes fiction, non-fiction, and translations. He speaks fluent French, Dutch, and English.
He is currently involved in research on semiotics and the law. He is the vice-president of Semiotics Inc and the Honorary Consul for Belgium in Victoria.
Give us a quick rundown on your background?
Semiotician, PhD, former Senior lecturer and Unit Coordinator and Designer for Murdoch University, former consultant to various educational institutions, former KPMG Director of Consulting, freelance Management Consultant, freelance IT Consultant, freelance Media and Communications Consultant, Author, Visual Artists, Photographer, Film Maker, Performer, Founding Chairperson of CAFE/Create in Ireland, Aerobatics and Formation Pilot, former board member and committee member of various organisations here and abroad, Honorary Consul for Belgium.
How did you get into the industry?
Starting teaching community development while doing my national service in Belgium in 1969. Remained involved in education while also working as consultant and manager.
I increased my educational output further to the completion of my PhD.
What is the biggest difference in the industry since you were at university?
University was more about learning and the support of critical ability with a view to coping with change. The current trend is towards indoctrination and submission to pseudo-science.
What do you do when you are not teaching?
Consulting. Researching. Creating. Supporting people and the community.
What do you enjoy about teaching at Macleay?
When recruited, I thought the college had the right approach in regard to student support… I still enjoy being on the side of student rights and still enjoy supporting students’ individual strengths.
What subjects do you teach at Macleay?
At various times I have taught all or part of:
Business Communication; Business Fundamentals; Business Internship;
Business Law, Compliance and Governance; Business Research Methodology; Creativity and Innovation; Design, Innovation and Technology for Events; Ethics and Decision Making; Foundations of Marketing; Introduction to Event Management; Integrated Marketing Communications; Introduction to Public Relations; Leadership and Change Management; Sales and Negotiation; Strategic Management; and The Marketing Plan.
I also coordinate pastoral care in Melbourne.
What is the best advice you give your students?
Be your own person. The ground you stand on is liberated territory.