Professor John Germov is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle and convenor of strategic planning. A professor of sociology, John is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Energy and Resources (CSRER), and immediate past president of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He has been Deputy Head of Faculty and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science within the Faculty of Education and Arts. John is a former President of The Australian Sociological Association, having served on its Executive for. In 2010, he received the prestigious national honour, the Outstanding Service to The Australian Sociological Association Award.