Professor Josua Pienaar Learning and Teaching Services
Pro Vice Chancellor (Learn & Teach)
BSc Construction Management (Hons) MBA, PhD, FAIB
Phone: 08 8378 4557 - Ext: 54557
Josua Pienaar took up his appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at CQUniversity Australia early in 2016 after his previous appointments as Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Head of Program for the School of Engineering and Technology.
Josua holds undergraduate degrees in construction management and post graduate degrees in business administration and strategy, and education.
Taking an innovative approach to Learning and Teaching, including embedding employability into the curriculum at CQUniversity, his use of radical innovation to engage students and involve industry professionals in course development, design and delivery has formed the basis of much of his research.
In his role as Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the School of Engineering and Technology, Josua provided leadership in Learning and Teaching to the school. In this role he was able to improve student satisfaction and engagement across the entire school. Student retention, and, particularly the factors that influence progression in undergraduate university programs, were central to Josua’s PhD research.
Josua has a background in commercial construction project management and logistics specialising in rapid construction projects. As a certified SAP R/3 Enterprise Planning Professional focussed on business process reengineering, Josua has a keen interest in improving systems supporting the core business of the University.
2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for outstanding contributions to learning and teaching
2014 Award for good practice in learning and teaching (Individual award)
2014 Award for good practice in learning and teaching (Built Environment Team)
2011-2014 AIB National Professional Excellence Awards Judge
1994 Building Industry Federation of South Africa President’s Award for best student in Construction Management
1992, 1993 & 1994 University of Pretoria: Best student awards
1994 Best student: University Pretoria Property Development
1994 Most Versatile Student: University Of Pretoria
- Seven News 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPy4okJdcs4
- Skills shortages-challenges for project management: project management (Management Today 24 (9), 46-47(2008))
University of Pretoria 1998-2009
Pangaea Worley Parsons Academy 2005-2009
Associate Professor of Construction Management at CQUniversity.
Commercial Project Manager at Worley Parsons.
Director: Design Coordination and Execution Global Design & Build Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
Completed seven multi-million US Dollar projects in the Middle East as Project Manager.
Director: Planning, Logistics & IT at Eurest Support Services (a division of Compass Group PLC).
Implemented the TELKOM Cyber trade Business2Business Exchange Platform.
Implemented 9 SAP projects as Enterprise Financial Management Project Manager.
Restructured Vodacom Property Management Division.
Successfully completed seven multi-million ZAR construction projects as Project Manager.
Fellow: Australian Institute of Building
Academic Roles including:
Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) 2016-present
Deputy Dean: Learning and Teaching 2014-2016
Course Coordinator and lecturer for Built Environment and Engineering Management courses 1998-present.
Head of Program (Built Environment) October 2010-2014.
Acting Dean of School: Engineering & Built Environment / SET on eight occasions (2011-2013).
Acting Associate Dean Learning & Teaching (SET) (2013 three occasions).
Chair of the Built Environment Program and Reference Committee (2010-Present).
Elected member of the CQUniversity Academic Promotions Committee (2010-2014).
CQUni representative: Australian Deans for the Built Environment and Design (ADBED) (2011 - present).
CQUni representative: Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA) (2011 – present).
Chair: AIB Accreditation Panel: University of Technology Sydney (2012).
Chair: AIB Accreditation Panel: Holmesglen Institute Melbourne (2012).
Chair: AIB Accreditation Panel: University of Canberra (2013).
Member of the CQUni Technology in Learning and Teaching Committee (TILT)
Member of the CQUni Web Conferencing selection workgroup (2011-2012)
Member of the CQUni Moodle Consistency Project
Member: Program Reference Committee NSW TAFE Bachelor of Architecture (2013).
Head of School & Principal: Worley Parsons Academy (RSA) (2008-2009)
Industry Roles including:
AIB NSW Chapter Executive Committee member
Commercial Contract Project Manager (2005-2009)
Director of Project Design & Implementation (2006-2007)
Project Manager: Afrised Telecoms Project (2005)
Director of Planning and Logistics (2000-2004)
Business Process Reengineering Project Manager (1998-2000)
Property Project Manager (1998)
Construction Project Manager (1992-1997)
Assist the Dean to lead the School to be recognised nationally and internationally for educational innovation and excellence;
Develop and encourage an environment and shared vision within the School that fosters and values educational excellence through the School’s programs, priorities and goals;
Manage the School’s education portfolio across all Australian and international campuses and sites;
Assist the Dean in the management of change within the School;
Be responsible and accountable for relevant project budgets as required by the Dean;
Liaise with other Schools, and with relevant Divisions and campuses to develop, implement, promote and review strategies designed to enhance excellence in education;
Chair relevant Committees as delegated by the Dean;
Represent the School at the University level, providing input into University policies on behalf of the School;
In conjunction with the Dean manage and support academic and professional staff in the School.
Educational planning, strategy and quality assurance
Undertake a leadership role in the School’s strategic planning process as it relates to the development of educational priorities, targets and programs;
Lead the School’s coursework quality assurance processes by contributing to the development, implementation, and maintenance of academic standards;
Set, monitor and evaluate programs and courses across the School, with a focus on retention and achievement;
Develop processes and strategies to enable the School to meet its performance targets for learning and teaching;
Hear and respond to the student voice, from internal and Government surveys, including the
Australian Graduate Survey, and work with the Dean of School to address any perceived issues relating to the quality of learning and teaching;
Respond to national and institutional educational performance indicators and foster a culture of performance improvement;
Implement, within the School, University policies and procedures relating to the assurance and enhancement of high quality teaching, in collaboration with the PVC (Learning and Teaching);
Provide input to the development and implementation of the University’s educational policies and procedures to ensure they are complied with at School level;
Represent the School in educational fora and committees and participate in the leadership of aspects of education University-wide.
Leading and developing academic staff to achieve educational excellence
Develop mechanisms to promote staff development and recognition in the area of teaching and learning and identify and support prospective candidates for Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Awards;
Promote engagement with learning and teaching research, including support for proposals for internal and external grants and projects for educational research and the scholarship of learning and teaching;
Develop and support strategies to attract external funding for such research and scholarship;
Manage and contribute to educational projects and contracts;
Participate in the recruitment, development, and retention of staff in the School;
Assist the Dean in the completion of PRPDs and develop a mentorship program as required.
Educational collaboration and engagement
Work in collaboration with staff of the Office of Learning and Teaching Services on all relevant aspects of learning and teaching, including issues relating to student assessment;
Maintain effective links with disciplinary and professional bodies, government departments, authorities, business, commerce, and industry organisations relevant to the School’s educational activities;
Encourage the relevant Heads of Program to maintain links with graduates and their employers to ensure the ongoing review of educational activities;
Undertake the duties of the position and deal with staff, students, and the wider community in a way that demonstrates a commitment to the University’s values of engagement, leadership, a can-do approach, inclusiveness, and openness.
Construction and Project Management and Procurement
Project logistics and execution
Process simplification and optimisation
Learning and Teaching
Student progression and development
Role of professional organisations in development of professions
Construction Contracting and Administration (Oil and Gas and Resources Sector)
Iscor Millsap Implementation (3300 users) Iscor Steel Vanderbijlpark, Newcastle, Vereeniging, Durban Harbour (now known as ArcelorMittal South Africa)
Iscor Mining Thabazimbi, Leeuwpan Coal Mine
Zincor (Zinc Corporation of SA)
BHP Billiton SA
FANCOURT Hotel & Country Lodge
Nigeria Seafood Products Limited (Lagos, Nigeria)
Telkom Cybertrade Exchange
Steyn, H., & Pienaar, J. (2008). Project Procurement and Contract Management Project Management: A Multi-disciplinary Approach (pp. 357-400). Pretoria, South Africa: FPM Pub
Zhao, X., Pienaar, J., & Martin, F. (2018). Rethinking progression of engineering students: Influential factors. In J. Swan, & T. Harris (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE2018) (pp. 1-7). Hamilton, NZ: University of Waikato. Retrieved from https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/
Zhao, X., Pienaar, J., & Gao, S. (2018). Critical risks associated with BIM adoption: A case of Singapore. In K. W. Chau, I. Y. S. Chan, W. Lu, & C. Webster (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 585-596). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-6190-5_53
Pienaar, J., Zhao, X., & Adams, N. (2018). Investigating the relationship between student characteristics and progression: An archive study. In K. W. Chau, I. Y. S. Chan, W. Lu, & C. Webster (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 945-955). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-6190-5_85
Zhao, X., Pienaar, J., & Singhaputtangkul, N. (2016). A review of the risks associated with building information modelling adoption. In Proceedings of The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, 6-8 July 2016, Cairns, Australia. (pp. 10-23). North Rockhampton, Qld.: Central Queensland University. Retrieved from http://aubea.org/
Singhaputtangkul, N., Pienaar, J., Zhao, X., & Adams, N. M. (2016). Conceptual framework to improve big data flow in a construction project. In Proceedings of The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, 6-8 July 2016, Cairns, Australia. (pp. 24-34). North Rockhampton, Qld.: Central Queensland University. Retrieved from http://aubea.org/
Zhao, X., Gao, S., & Pienaar, J. (2016). What hinders the BIM adoption in Singapore: An empirical study. In Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016, Volume IV, 30 May-3 June, Tampere, Finland (pp. 153-164). Tampere, Finland: Tampere University of Technology. Retrieved from http://www.wbc16.com/wbc16/welcome.html
Pienaar, J., Adams, N., Harreveld, R., & Winchester, H. (2015). Components of eLearning and progression : radical innovation in built environment teaching. In Empowering Data Analytics with Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences : proceedings : the 2nd International Conference on Statistics in Science, business and Engineering 2015 (ICSSBE). (pp. 36-41). Malaysia: Universiti Teknologi Mara. Retrieved from http://fskm.uitm.edu.my/icssbe2015/index.html
Wu, P., Xia, B., Zhao, X., & Pienaar, J. (2015). Defining green road infrastructure projects : a critical review. In Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 125-134). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-46994-1
Singhaputtangkul, N., Zhao, X., & Pienaar, J. (2015). Development of a knowledge-based quality Function Deployment tool for group decision making. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intellectual Capital Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2015), Bangkok, Thailand, 5-6 November 2015 (pp. 250-258). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International.
Zhao, X., Wu, P., & Pienaar, J. (2015). Drivers for enterprise risk management in Chinese construction firms: an empirical study. In Proceedings of the 2015 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors annual conference (COBRA AUBEA 2015), 8-10 July 2015, Sydney, Australia. (pp. 1-8). London, UK: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Retrieved from http://www.rics.org/au/knowledge/research/conference-papers
Pienaar, J., Adams, N., & Greensill, C. (2014). Facilitating student progression through partnerships with industry professional associations. In Proceedings of the 25th annual conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 8-10 December 2014, Wellington, New Zealand (pp. 1-8). Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University. Retrieved from http://www.aaee2014.org/page.php?17
Pienaar, J., Adams, N., & Dekkers, A. (2013). Building a sturdy foundation – creating an engaging first year course that prepares a diverse student demographic for an undergraduate Built Environment programme.. In 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference, 7-10 July, 2013, Museum of Wellington Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. (pp. 1-10). Wellington, New Zealand: First Year In Higher Education. Retrieved from http://fyhe.com.au/past_papers/papers13/fyhe13_proceedings.pdf
Pienaar, J., Adams, N., & O'Brien, D. (2013). Virtual teams much? : Overcoming disparate participation in a distance education construction management program. In Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2013), Work Integrated Learning : Applying Theory to Practice in Engineering Education, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland, December 8-11, 2013 (pp. 1-10). Brisbane, Queensland: Griffith University. Retrieved from http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/
Pienaar, J., O’Brien, D., & Dekkers, A. (2012). Preparing distance education Built Environment students for an academic program. In Profession of engineering education : advancing teaching, research and careers, 2012 annual conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (pp. 1-9). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.: Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved from http://www.aaee.com.au/
Wu, P., Pienaar, J., & Feng, Y. (2012). The benefits and implied costs of JIT sourcing to Chinese contractors - a review of literature. In Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate. (pp. 1-8). Shenzhen China: Shenzhen University.
Pienaar, J., & Zhao, X. (2017). Factors influencing student progression in built environment and engineering programs: Case of Central Queensland University. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 143(4), 05017005-1-05017005-9. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000341
Zhao, X., Feng, Y., Pienaar, J., & O'Brien, D. (2017). Modelling paths of risks associated with BIM implementation in architectural, engineering and construction projects. Architectural Science Review, 60(6), 472-482. doi:10.1080/00038628.2017.1373628
Pienaar, J., Adams, N., Harreveld, R., & Winchester, H. (2016). Components of elearning and progression: Radical innovation in built environment teaching. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 24(S), 1-14. Retrieved from http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/regular_issues.php?jtype=3&journal=JSSH-24-S-10
Adams, N., Hayes, C., Dekkers, A., & Pienaar, J. (2016). Preparing non-traditional students for engineering degrees. ANZIAM Journal, 57, 125-141. doi:10.21914/anziamj.v57i0.10435
Adams, N., Pienaar, J., & Hayes, C. (2016). Project based learning or problems becoming learned. ANZIAM Journal, 57, 82-100. doi:10.21914/anziamj.v57i0.10452
Pienaar, J., Wu, P., & Adams, N. (2015). Development of virtual teamwork skills for distance students through simulated global virtual team projects. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice., 142(1), 1-8. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000252
Wu, P., Feng, Y., Pienaar, J., & Zhong, Y. (2015). Educational attainment and job requirements : exploring the gaps for construction graduates in Australia from an industry point of view. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice., 141(4), 1-5. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000245
Wu, P., Low, S., Liu, J., Pienaar, J., & Xia, B. (2014). Critical success factors in distance learning construction programs at Central Queensland University : students' perspective. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice., 141(1), 1-5. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000217
Wu, P., Xia, B., Pienaar, J., & Zhao, X. (2014). The past, present and future of carbon labelling for construction materials : a review. Building and environment., 77, 160-168. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.03.023
Wu, P., Pienaar, J., O'Brien, D., & Feng, Y. (2013). Delivering construction education programs through the distance mode : case study in Australia. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice., 139(4), 325-333. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000162
Wu, P., Pienaar, J., & O'Brien, D. (2013). Developing a lean benchmarking process to monitor the carbon efficiency in precast concrete factories - a case study in Singapore. Journal of green building., 8(2), 133-152. doi:10.3992/jgb.8.2.133
Pienaar, J. (2015). Understanding progression in the built environment through an interactive student-centred model of progression. (PhD Thesis, CQUniversity).