PROFESSOR MARCIA DEVLIN (PhD, GAICD)
I am a dynamic, energetic, commercially savvy, transformational academic and university leader with almost 10 years of experience in the C-suite. Known nationally and internationally as a thought leader in the secondary and tertiary education sectors, alongside my executive role at Victoria University, I currently hold Specialist, Fellow and board appointments in Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and America. I have won over $6 million in research and other funds, including while also engaged full-time in senior executive roles; given over 100 invited headline addresses in nine countries; and produced more than 320 publications, comprising refereed, academic, research report, professional and op-ed media outputs. Widely read and cited by others globally, I have a Google Scholar index of 31. I am frequently commissioned by government, education providers, the Australian Universities peak body and a range of professional associations to provide education and equity policy and practice advice. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serving on a number of education and equity related boards, I have extensive governance experience and expertise, including in strategy development and execution and in financial, risk and human resource management. I have excellent commercial and business acumen and a strong professional network across the tertiary sectors, government, professional bodies and a range of industries. An inclusive and transformational leader, I inspire and motivate teams and individuals across contexts and my impact has been recognised through a number of leadership awards.
2019 Leading Change and Organisational Renewal
Stanford University & Harvard University (short course)
2015 Company Director’s Course
Australian Institute of Company Directors
2007 PhD (Psychology and Higher Education)
The University of Melbourne
2001 Master of Education (Higher Education)
Macquarie University, Sydney
1994 Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
1991 Diploma in Education
La Trobe University, Melbourne
1986 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Australian National University
1997 Registration as a Psychologist
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency
1991 Registration as a Teacher
Victorian Institute of Teaching
RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE: RECENT
2018 – to date Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Victoria University (40,000 students, $450 million turnover)
2017 – 2018 Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education
RMIT University (82,000 students $1.5 billion turnover)
2014 – 2017 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Quality
Federation University (20,000 students, $330 million turnover)
2013 Director, Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice
University of Ballarat (18,000 students, $270 million turnover)
2012 Executive Director, Open Universities Australia
2008 – 2012 Director, Higher Education Research Group
2007 Deputy Director, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
The University of Melbourne
2006 – 2007 Director, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Melbourne
LEADERSHIP, BOARD & GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE: RECENT, INDICATIVE, SELECTED
2019 – to date Non-Executive Director, VU Online Board, Victoria University
2019 – to date Universities Australia representative Member, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Advisory Board
2018 – to date Member, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and VCAA Executive and Audit and Risk Committee.
2017 – to date Member, Education and Training Advisory Board, Open Colleges
2015 – to date Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
2017 – 2018 Non-Executive Director, Australian Overseas Foundation
2016 – 2018 Reference Group Member: Understanding how regionality and socio-economic status intersect with disability
2016 – 2018 Reference Group Member: Australian universities & public libraries working together to facilitate success for low socioeconomic students living in regional & remote communities. (NPP funded)
2015 – 2018 Member, Higher Education Academic Board, William Angliss Institute
2015 – 2017 External Advisor/Evaluator: Opportunity Through Online Learning National Equity Fellowship for Associate Professor Cathy Stone at National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
2015 – 2016 Reference Group Member: Shaping the 21st century student experience at regional universities
2009 – 2012 Member, Advisory Board, Pearson Australia
UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE: RECENT, INDICATIVE, SELECTED
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University (2018-2019)
Strategic Projects Steering Committee; Deans’ Committee; TEQSA Steering Committee; School for Transport and Civic Infrastructure Steering Committee; Budget Working Group of Senior Executive Group; Strategic Transformation Taskforce; Senior Promotions Committee; SDVC Portfolio Committee; Special Studies Program Committee; University Services Sub-Committee of Senior Executive Group; Third Party Working Group of Senior Executive Group
Bargaining Team, Higher Education Enterprise Agreement
Vice-Chancellor’s Executive; Vice-Chancellor’s Gender Equity Committee
Industry Engagement Steering Group; School for Transport and Civic Infrastructure Steering Committee; Quarterly Review and Support committee VU Poly; Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Group; Footscray Hospital Program Steering committee; Capability Advisory Steering Group; Academic Board; Enterprise Agreement Steering Committee; City West Precinct Project Control Board; Leadership and Culture Committee of Council; Research Steering Committee; Senior Executive Group; Executive and Senior Staff Annual Remuneration Review Committee; Indigenous Strategy Committee; Admissions Planning Working Group; Schools Engagement Advisory Committee; Learning, Teaching and Research Sub-Committee of Senior Executive Group
Academic Program of the Future; Reimagining The Way We Work; Vacancy Management; Business Process Review; Students in Focus
University Council; Finance and Investment Committee of Council; Infrastructure Planning Committee of Council
Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) RMIT University; Head, Language and Learning Unit; (2017-2018; 1993-1996)
Language and Learning Assistance Advisory Committee
Education Quality and Innovation Committee, Intellectual Property Committee; Academic Board; Education and Training Research Standing Committee, Faculty of Education; International Student Program Advisory Committee; Teaching and Learning Strategy International Student Team; Quality Audit Team; International Activities Quality Committee, Faculty of Nursing.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality, Federation University Australia (2013-2017)
Higher Education Partnerships and Participation (HEPPP) Advisory Panel; Academic Quality Assurance Committee; & Student Retention and Success Committee; TEQSA Strategy Committee; ASQA Strategy Committee (Co-Chair); Reconciliation Action Plan Committee; Assessment Working Party
Academic Board; Academic Board Executive; Vice Chancellor’s Senior Team; Berwick Campus Steering Committee; Learning and Teaching Committee; Curriculum Committee; Social Inclusion Committee; University Program Approval Committee; Program Planning Committee; Student Administration Transformation (SAT) Steering Committee; Student Administration Transformation (SAT) Implementation Committee; Information Systems Steering Committee; Digital Experience Steering Committee; Dual Sector Partnership Management Committee
Customer Relationship Management project; Student Systems Steering Committee; Dual Sector Partnership Committee; Integrated Systems Committee
Chair in Higher Education Research, Deakin University (2008-2012)
Teaching and Learning Committee
Curriculum Renewal course architecture workstream; Teaching and Learning Committee; Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Advisory Board; Vice-Chancellor’s Principals Exchange Forum; Academic Board; Institute of Teaching and Learning Advisory Board; Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants Scheme (STALGS) panel; Teaching and Learning Performance Incentive (TPIF) panel; Access and Equity Advisory Committee to Planning and Resources Committee (PRC); Flexible Education Committee; Scholarships subcommittee of PRC; Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) subcommittee of PRC; Standards working group of CQI.
Associate Professor and Director, Learning and Teaching Unit; Lecturer, CSHE, The University of Melbourne (2006-2007; 1999-2003)
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program Committee; Quality of Teaching and Melbourne Model Policies and Procedures Working Party; Policies and Procedures Working Party; Academic Transition Working Group; Melbourne Model Enrichment Stream Working Parties; National Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD); Faculty Executive Committee, Business and Economics, University of Melbourne; Undergraduate Studies Committee, Business and Economics, University of Melbourne; Graduate Studies Committee, Business and Economics, University of Melbourne; Academic Board Academic Programs Committee Working Group on Exams; HERDSA Annual Conference Organising Sub-Committee
Co-convenor: University Breadth Subject Group.
INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL LEADERSHIP & INDUSTRY ADVISING ROLES – RECENT, INDICATIVE
2012 – to date Founding Editorial Board Member: Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Journal of ISSOTL
2010 – to date Founding Editorial Board Member, Student Success
2017 – 2018 Executive Member, Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) Committee; Member, QILT Working Group, Universities Australia DVC(A) Committee
2016 – 2018 Co-Chair Universities Australia Executive Women Committee
2013 – 2018 Member, Register of Experts, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
2006 – 2018 Assessor, Australian Awards for University Teaching
2015 International Review Panel Member: National Teaching Experts Awards, Ireland
2015 – 2017 Deputy Chair, Regional Universities Network Executive Women Committee
2014 – 2017 Member, Regional Universities Network DVC Learning and Teaching Committee
2011 – 2012 Executive Member, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia
2007 – 2010 Member, National Advisory Group, Australian University Student Survey of Engagement (AUSSE)
2009 Member, Expert Advisory Group: Assessment Futures (ALTC Boud Fellowship)
2001 Invited International Teaching and Learning Consultant, Hong Kong City University
COMMISSIONED & RESEARCH PROJECTS: RECENT, INDICATIVE
2019–2020 Commonwealth Department of Education $300,000 (Commissioned) Low SES student deferrals.
2017–2019 Commonwealth Department of Education $199, 899 (Commissioned, Lead) Economies of scale in supporting low SES and other disadvantaged students.
2016–2017 Commonwealth Department of Education $179 094 Improving the transition and retention of regional students from low socio-economic backgrounds: A ‘5 Ps’ approach
2016–2017 Commonwealth Department of Education $156 686 A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities
2016-2017 Commonwealth Department of Education $146,500 (Lead) Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities
2016 Office for Learning and Teaching (External Evaluator) for Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness: Empowering Indigenous Protocols and Knowledge in Australian University Built Environment Education
2009–2013 Australian Research Council $337 404 Investigating the mismatch between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages
2010–2012 Australian Learning and Teaching Council/ Office for Learning and Teaching $220 000 (Lead) Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education
2010–2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council $235 000 (Lead) Sustainable leadership of teaching and learning initiatives: Lessons from the sector
2007–2008 Carrick Institute $200 000 Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A framework to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices
2006–2007 Universities Australia/Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee $600 000. National Survey of Student Finances
With colleagues, I have won over $6 million is research, consultancy and other funds.
INVITED ADDRESSES: 2005 onwards only
|2019||Invited Panel Presentation: Women in leadership in non-traditional areas. Women in Leadership Australia, Melbourne, August 2019|
|2019||Invited Presentation: Leading University-Wide Transformational Change. EduTECH, Sydney, June 2019|
|2018||Invited Panel Presentation and ABC radio: Dropping Out. Grattan Institute and Big Ideas, Melbourne, June 2018. Subsequently aired numerous times over 2018/2019 on ABC Big Ideas|
|2018||Invited Presentation: Managing Career Successes and Challenges: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Australian Higher Education Women in Leadership Summit, Sydney, June 2018|
|2018||Invited Presentation: Universities Australia Executive Women. Regional Universities Network Executive Women, Melbourne, April, 2018.|
|2018||Invited Presentation: Launch of the Universities Australia Executive Women Best Practice Gender Diversity Recruitment Guide. Universities Australia Conference, Canberra March 2018.|
|2018||Invited Panel Member: The Clever Country: Supporting Regional and Remote Student Success. Universities Australia Conference, March 2018.|
|2017||Keynote Address: Degrees of Difference – Teaching Matters. University of Tasmania Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. November 2017|
|2017||Invited Presentation: Women in Leadership. Beta Alpha Psi Victorian student association. Monash University. 27 September 2017|
|2017||Invited Panel Member: Women in STEM: Creating collaborative educational platforms that drive engagement and retention. Future-Proofing STEM Industries Summit. Sydney, 20 September 2017|
|2017||Invited Speaker: Great Leadership: It’s not really about you. Australian Institute of Management 2017 Fellow’s Breakfast. Melbourne May 23, 2017|
|2017||Invited Panel Member: Managing personal and professional priorities. Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit. Melbourne, February 14-15, 2017|
|2016||Invited Panel Host: Facilitating an Innovative Future through Equity. NCSEHE National Forum, Press Club, Canberra, November 28, 2016|
|2016||Invited Graduate Speaker: Reflections on the Company Directors Course. Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course Graduation, February 25, 2016.|
|2016||Invited Speaker: Overcoming challenges and obstacles to leadership advancement. Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit. Melbourne, February 17, 2016|
|2015||Keynote Speaker: Making sense of higher education: Sociocultural considerations. Digital Learning Research Network conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, October 18, 2015|
|2015||Invited Panel Speaker Digital Learning Research Network conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, October 17, 2015|
|2015||Invited Speaker: Launch of the Codes Combined 2015 special issue of ‘Sport and Society Cultures, Commerce, Media and Politics Journal’. MADE Museum, Ballarat, September 1, 2015|
|2015||Invited International Speaker: Research in higher education learning, teaching and curriculum.Society for Research in Higher Education 50th Anniversary Forum, London, June 26.|
|2015||Invited Speaker: Launch of the BA@Community at Pheonix College, Ballarat, May 22, 2015|
|2014||Invited Panel Speaker: ‘New Frontiers in Tertiary Education: Coping with Reforms and Challenges’, AAIR Forum, Melbourne, November 21, 2014|
|2014||Invited Speaker: The value of volunteering. Golden Key Honour Society Conference, Federation University Australia, April, 2014.|
|2014||Invited Speaker: Leading the changing role of the teaching workforce. Institutional Strategies for Blended Learning Conference, Sydney, March 26, 2014.|
|2014||Invited Panel Speaker: Defining the future academic workforce. Institutional Strategies for Blended Learning Conference, Sydney, March 26, 2014|
|2014||Invited Speaker: Effective teaching and support for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Recent national research findings. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, March 4-6|
|2014||Invited speaker: Engaging Future Students. Melbourne Institute of Technology Planning Day, Daylesford, January 17, 2014|
|2013||Keynote Speaker: Innovation in Changing Times: What role for eStudentServices and eSupport students from low socioeconomic status? Annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) December 3, 2013|
|2013||Invited Workshop Leader: Imagining futures in student services and support. Annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) December 2, 2013|
|2013||Keynote Speaker: Learning connections for students from low socioeconomic status: Recent research findings relevant to tertiary learning advisors. Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ), November 29, 2013|
|2013||Invited Panel Host: Vice-Chancellor’s Panel, Regional University Network Conference, Nov 15|
|2013||Visiting Scholar/Keynote Speaker: Effective Teaching and Support for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, Southern Cross University, 28-30 October.|
|2013||Invited Speaker: Inclusive teaching for university students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Recent national research findings. La Trobe University, October 24, 2013.|
|2013||Visiting Scholar/Invited Speaker: Assessment in a Digital Age, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, October 16-18, 2013|
|2013||Keynote Opening Address: Launch of the Science, Health and Engineering Education Research Centre (the SHEER Centre), RMIT, Melbourne, September 24, 2013.|
|2013||Invited Address: The future of assessment in Australian universities. Transforming Assessment in a Digital Era. Melbourne, July 31, 2013.|
|2012||Invited Address: Leading the changing teaching workforce. Digital Futures in Higher Education conference, Sydney, November 13-14, 2012.|
|2012||Invited Panel Presentation: Student Success. Digital Futures in Higher Education conference, Sydney, November 13-14, 2012.|
|2012||Keynote Address: Transition, achievement and retention of students from low socioeconomic and first generation backgrounds: Findings from a national study. Transition Seminar, Monash.|
|2012||Keynote Address: Inclusive teaching in Australian higher education: Findings from a national study.Learning and Teaching Expo, RMIT University, 28 August.|
|2012||Keynote Address: Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Findings from a national study. The University of Sydney, 8 August.|
|Invited Panel Presentation: The future of higher education: An Australian perspective. Athens Institute for Education and Research Human Development Research Division, Research Unit of Education14th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece, May 22.|
|2012||Invited Workshop: Practical strategies for engaging non-traditional students. Informa Student Satisfaction Conference, Sydney, May 7.|
|2012||Invited Presentation: Ensuring retention and success of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Interconnected Tertiary Education conference, Melbourne, March.|
|2012||Invited Panel Presentation: The validity and reliability of proposed national performance indicators. Higher Education Evaluation Roundtable. University of Western Sydney, February.|
|2012||Invited Presentation: Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Victorian/Tasmanian-Based Promoting Excellence Network Workshop, Monash University, February 8, 2012 [with J. Ryan].|
|2011||Invited Keynote Address: Facilitating success for non-traditional students: Possible futures.Association of Academic Language and Learning, University of South Australia, Adelaide, November.|
|2011||Invited Keynote Address: Tertiary education: Where are we headed?, Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September.|
|2011||Invited panel member: Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA) conference, the University of Adelaide, September.|
|2011||Invited Lecture Peer Review of Research and Teaching: Perspectives, Policy and Practicalities., City University, Hong Kong, May.|
|2011||Invited Presentation on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Faculty of Law SHELLJ Research Workshop, Queensland University of Technology, February.|
|2010||Closing Keynote address Widening participation and facilitating success: Policy and practice in Australian higher education. E-portfolio Australia Conference, Melbourne, November.|
|2010||Keynote address, Teaching and learning as a site for scholarship and research, Teaching and Learning conference, University of New England, September.|
|2010||Invited workshop What’s the point of feedback in assessment?, University of New England, September.|
|2010||Keynote address Socially inclusive higher education teaching and curriculum in the post-Bradley era. Charles Sturt University, September.|
|2010||Invited Workshop Practical strategies to enhancing student engagement in a diverse context. Charles Sturt University, September.|
|2010||Invited Address to Academic Board Widening participation and maintaining academic standards: The impossible dream?, Swinburne University, August.|
|2010||Keynote Address. Non-traditional student achievement: Theory, policy and practice in Australian higher education. First Year in Higher Education conference, Adelaide, June.|
|2009||Keynote Address Non-traditional student success at university: Are we serious?, Monash University Transition, Retention and Progression Forum, December.[Julia Gillard was first keynote].|
|2009||Keynote Address Student engagement in Australian tertiary education: What role for libraries? CAVAL Research Interest Group, Melbourne, November.|
|2009||Keynote Address Student feedback in the Australian higher education policy context. Education Research Group of Adelaide Annual Conference, University of Adelaide, September.|
|2009||Invited Panel Presentation Student feedback. Education Research Group of Adelaide Annual Conference, University of Adelaide, September.|
|2009||Invited Speaker, Assessment, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland, September.|
|2009||Invited Speaker, Assessment, Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland, September.|
|2009||Keynote Address Assessment of and for Learning: Policy and practice in Australian higher education, QUT Teaching and Learning Seminar Series, Faculty of Health, August.|
|2009||Keynote Address An institution-wide and evidence-based approach to enhancing university student engagement. Ako Aotearoa/ACER National Student Engagement Forum, New Zealand.|
|2009||Invited Workshop Practical strategies for enhancing university student engagement. Ako Aotearoa/ACER National Student Engagement Forum, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.|
|2009||Invited Presentation The post-Bradley tertiary education world. Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), Melbourne, Australia, April.|
|2009||Invited Paper Indigenous student equity: Focusing on what works. Launch of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, The University of South Australia, February.|
|2009||Keynote Address Low socioeconomic status and Indigenous background: Implications for first year curriculum. First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium, QUT, Australia, February.|
|2008||Invited Lecture Learning theories and interdisciplinary epistemologies. International Frontiers in Higher Education Conference National University of Singapore, Singapore, December.|
|2008||Invited Workshop Improving teaching. International Frontiers in Higher Education Conference National University of Singapore, Singapore, December.|
|2008||Invited Seminar Ensuring the Quality of Higher Education Research. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia, December.|
|2008||Invited workshop Criteria for use in Peer Review of Teaching. The University of Melbourne, December|
|2008||Keynote Address An international and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum: The Melbourne Model. Universitas 21 Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, February.|
|2007||Invited Seminar Minimising Plagiarism. Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, September.|
|2007||Keynote Address Improving teaching in tertiary education: Institutional and individual influences. Excellence in Education and Training Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, August.|
|2007||Invited Workshop Improving teaching in tertiary education: Individual approaches. Excellence in Education and Training Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, August.|
|2007||Keynote Address The scholarship of teaching in Australian higher education: A national imperative. Vice-Chancellors Colloquium, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, May.|
|2006||Invited Workshop Innovative Assessment. University-wide Assessment Forum, University of South Australia, November.|
|2006||Invited Panel Presentation Innovative Assessment. University-wide Assessment Forum, University of South Australia, November.|
|2005||Invited Workshop for academic staff from 34 Australian universities, held at the University of Tasmania. Evaluating academic development work. [with N. Trivett, J. McKenzie K. Martinez], October|
I have given over 100 keynote and headline speeches in nine countries.
PUBLICATIONS: RECENT, INDICATIVE
Books and Book Length/Major Research Reports/Edited Collections
Devlin, M., Zhang, L., Edwards, D., Withers, G., McMillan, J., Vernon, L., and Trinidad, S. (2019). Economies of Scale in Supporting Low SES Students: Research Report. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
Wood, D., McLeod, M., Viragh, K., Devlin, M. Hill, A., Harvey, A., Bennett, A., Hanley, J., Whitty, G. and Nelson, K. (2017). A comparative study of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities. Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.
Devlin, M. and McKay, J. (2017). Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities. Federation University Australia, Ballarat. ISBN: 9781876851941 (1876851
Pitman, T, Trinidad, S., Devlin, M., Harvey, A., Brett, M., & McKay, J. (2016). Pathways to higher education: A comparison of the efficacy of enabling and sub-bachelor pathways for disadvantaged students. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Perth. ISBN: 978-0-9923560-9-5
Blackmore, J., Gribble, K., Farrell, L., Rahimi, M., Arber, R. and Devlin, M. (2014). Australian International Graduates and the Transition to Employment: Final Report. Deakin University, Melbourne. Digital copy ISBN: 978-0-7300-0009-9 | Print copy ISBN: 978-0-7300-0010-5. Major report from ARC grant no. LP0990875
Devlin, M., Kift, S., Nelson, K., Smith, L. and McKay, J. (2012). Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education. Final Report. Office for Learning and Teaching, Commonwealth of Australia. ISBN: 978-1-922125-51-4
Devlin, M., Smeal, G., Cummings, R. and Mazzolini, M. (2012). Leading sustainable improvement in university teaching and learning: Lessons from the sector. Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, Australia.
Devlin, M. & McKay, J. (2019). A ‘Critical Factor’: Facilitating the success of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at Australian regional universities through technology. In Hoffman, J., Blessinger, P. & Makhana, M. (eds.), Strategies for Facilitating Inclusive Campuses in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion, Innovations in Higher Education. pp 131-144.
Devlin, M. (2019). Nine elements of the Scholarship of Discovery: A starting point. In L. Ling and P. Ling (Eds) Emerging Methods and Paradigms in Scholarship and Education Research.
Devlin, M. & McKay, J. (2018). Facilitating the success of students from low SES backgrounds at regional universities through course design, teaching and staff attributes, in M. Shah, J. McKay (Eds.), Achieving Equity and Academic Excellence in Higher Education: Global Perspectives in an Era of Widening Participation. Palgrave Macmillan.
McKay, J., Pitman, T., Devlin, M., Trinidad, S., Harvey, A., & Brett, M. (2018). The use of enabling programs as a pathway to higher education by disadvantaged students in Australia, In Agosti, C & Bernat, E (Eds.). University Pathway Programs: Local responses within a growing global trend, Springer International Publishing AG.
Pitman, T., Harvey, A., McKay, J., Devlin, M., Trinidad, S., & Brett, M. (2017). The impact of enabling programs on Indigenous participation, success and retention in Australian higher education, in S. Larkin, J. Frawley; J. Smith; (Eds.) Indigenous pathways and transitions into Higher Education: From policy to practice. Springer.
Devlin, M. (2016). Higher education learning and teaching research: A case study informed by the neo-positivist paradigm. In Ling, L. and Ling. P (Eds.). Methods and Paradigms in Education Research. IGI Global.
McKay, J. and Devlin, M. (2015). Widening Participation in Australia: Lessons on equity, standards and institutional leadership. In S. Mahsood, A. Bennett, and E. Southgate, (Eds.) Widening Participation: A Global Perspective. Elsevier.
Devlin, M. and McKay, J. (2014). Reframing the problem: Students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds transitioning to university. In Brook, H., Fergie, D., Maeorg, M. and Michell, D. (Eds). Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience (p. 97-125).
Larkin, H., Nihill, C. and Devlin, M. (2014). Inclusive practices in academia and beyond. In K. Fraser (Ed.). The Future of Learning and Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces. Emerald Group Publishing: UK (pp. 147-172).
Devlin, M. and Larkin, H. (2013). The student experience. In S. Loftus, T. Gerzina, J. Higgs, M. Smith, & E. Duffy (Eds.) Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher. Sense publishers, The Netherlands.
Davies, W. M., and Devlin, M. (2010). Introduction. In M. Davies, M. Devlin and M. Tight (Eds), Interdisciplinary Higher Education: Perspectives and Practicalities, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research. Vol. 5. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Amsterdam; New York: JAI Elsevier Press.
Davies, W. M. and Devlin, M. (2010). Interdisciplinary Higher Education. In M. Davies, M. Devlin and M. Tight (Eds), Interdisciplinary Higher Education, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research. Vol. 5. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Amsterdam; New York: JAI Elsevier Press.
Devlin, M. (1995). Metacognition and the cognitive apprenticeship model in tertiary learning support. In M. Garner, K. Chanock, & Clerehan, R. Academic Skills Advising: Towards a Discipline. Monash University Press, ISBN: 0-909367-41-X.
Refereed journal articles
Devlin, M. & McKay, J. (2019). Teaching regional students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Key success factors in Australian higher education. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education 29 (3) pp. 7-23.
Devlin, M. & McKay, J. (2018). The financial realities for students from low SES backgrounds at Australian regional universities. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education 28(1).
Devlin, M and McKay, J. (2018). Teaching inclusively online in a massified university system. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 20(1), pp. 146-166.
Devlin, M. and McKay, J. (2016). Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian higher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 32(1)
McKay, J. and Devlin, M. (2015). “Low income doesn’t mean stupid and destined for failure”: Challenging the deficit discourse around low SES students in higher education. International Journal of Inclusive Education.
McKay, J. and Devlin, M. (2014). Demystifying higher education culture for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Higher EducationResearch and Development.
Devlin, M. (2013). Bridging socio-cultural incongruity: Conceptualising students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian higher education. Studies in Higher Education. 38(6) 939-949.
Devlin, M. (2013). Effective university leadership and management of learning and teaching in a widening participation context: Findings from two national Australian studies. Tertiary Education and Management. Online:
Devlin, M. and Radloff, A. (2012). A structured writing programme for staff: Facilitating knowledge, skills, confidence and publishing outcomes. Journal of Further and Higher Education.
Hagel, P., Carr, R. and Devlin, M. (2012). Conceptualising and measuring student engagement through the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE): A critique. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(4), 475-486.
Devlin, M. and O’Shea, H. (2011). Effective university teaching: views of Australian university students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Teaching in Higher Education. p. 1-13
Devlin, M. and O’Shea, H. (2011). Directions for Australian higher education institutional policy and practice in supporting students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 33(5) 529-535.
Devlin, M. and Samarawickrema, G. (2010). The criteria of effective teaching in a changing higher education context. Higher Education Research and Development 29(2) 111-124. [NOTE: Included in Routledge’s top ten most cited articles in Higher Education journal portfolio and listed in the Top 10 articles downloaded from HERD since inception.]
Devlin, M. (2009). Indigenous higher education student equity: Focusing on what works. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 38, 1-7.
Devlin, M., Brockett, J. and Nicholls, S. (2009). Focusing on university student engagement at the institutional level. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 31(2), 109-119
Devlin, M. James, R. and Grigg, G. (2008). Studying and working: A national study of student finances and student engagement. Tertiary Education and Management 14(2) 111-122.
Devlin, M. (2008). Research challenges inherent in determining improvement in university teaching. Issues in Educational Research 18(1), 12-25.
Devlin, M. and Gray, K. (2007). In their own words: A qualitative study of the reasons Australian university student plagiarise. Higher Education Research and Development 26(2), 181-198.
Devlin, M. (2006). Challenging accepted wisdom about the place of teaching in university teaching improvement. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 18(2), 112-119.
Devlin, M. (2006). Policy, preparation and prevention: Proactive minimisation of student plagiarism. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 28(1), pp 45-58.
Peat, M., Franklin, S. Devlin, M. and Charles, M. (2005). Revisiting the impact of formative assessment opportunities on student learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 21(1), pp 102-117.
Devlin, M. and Tija, T. (2004). Beyond satisfaction surveys: The development of an evaluation process for a postgraduate transferable skills program. Issues in Educational Research. 14(1), 44-58
Devlin, M. (2003). Using a student-centred, solution-focused approach to improving individual university teaching. International Journal for Academic Development 8 (1-2), 77-89.
Devlin. M. and James, R. (2003). The potential of a methodology for university-wide multimedia and educational technology evaluation. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 28 (1), 47-58.
Devlin, M. (2002). An improved questionnaire for gathering student perceptions of teaching and learning. Higher Education Research and Development 21 3, 289-304.
Devlin, M. (2002). Taking responsibility isn’t everything: A case for developing tertiary students’ conceptions of learning. Teaching in Higher Education 7 (2), 125-138.
Devlin, M. (1999). An interview schedule for use in the assessment of tertiary students’ learning development needs. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist 16(2), 22-28.
Devlin, M. (1996). Older and wiser?: A comparison of the learning and study strategies of mature age and younger teacher education students. Higher Education Research and Development 15 (1), 51-60.
McLean, P., Elphingstone, L., Devlin, M. & Surtie, F. (1995). Models of learning support in Victorian institutions: Issues and implications. Higher Education Research and Development 14(1), 75-86.
AUTHORED MEDIA ARTICLES: 2010 onwards only
Devlin, M. (September 16, 2019). The end of lectures?, Campus Review. (Lead story and cover)
Devlin, M. and McKay, J. (March 29, 2017). Remedies for low retention rates in the regions The Australian.
Devlin, M. (February 26, 2017). The typical university student is no longer 18, middle-class and on campus – we need to change thinking on ‘drop-outs’. The Conversation.
Devlin, M. (February 17, 2017). This is the true value of mentors and female story-telling. Women’s Agenda.
Devlin, M. (November 15, 2016). Women in power? Hope is needed, and it will help. Women’s Agenda.
Devlin, M. (October 26, 2016). Four reasons to help other women in their careers. Women’s Agenda.
Devlin, M. (October 11, 2016). Why telling the truth about your leadership journey is important. Women’s Agenda.
Devlin, M. (June 27, 2016). What is happening with higher education in this election? EduResearch Matters.
Devlin, M. (April 11, 2016). ATAR is a marketing tool: Four reasons to stop obsessing about it. EduResearch Matters.
Devlin, M. (April 10, 2016). Retaining students to graduation is not a simple formula. The Age.
Devlin, M. (February 28, 2016). Innovation needs to be the new black in universities. The Age & SM Herald
Devlin, M. (December 2, 2016). Best pathway to university for disadvantaged students. EduResearch Matters
Devlin, M. (August 9, 2015). Why a low ATAR is not the end of the world for students or universities. The Age.
Devlin, M. (April 20, 2015). Education debate must focus on university exit standards. The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 9, 2015) Today, a ‘typical’ university student could be anyone. The Age.
Devlin, M. (January, 19, 2015). The ‘truth’ about ATARs. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
Devlin, M. (June 9, 2014). Pyne’s reforms and their ugly repercussions. The Age
Devlin, M. (February 21, 2014). The Chair: Uni entry and the great ATAR myth. The Age (NOTE: syndicated by 60+ publications)
Devlin, M. (November 1, 2013). How do I tell my family I don’t want to study medicine? The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 4, 2013). Pursuit of excellence. The Age.
Devlin, M. (September 12, 2013). Rethinking the role of the university teacher. The Chair. The Age:
Devlin, M. (August 22, 2013). Any Questions? The Age.
Devlin, M. (July 26, 2013). Work in progress. The Age.
Devlin, M. (May 10, 2013). Time for online teaching. The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 22, 2013). Online but off course. The Age.
Devlin, M. (January 18, 2013). Use your head to stay on course. The Age.
Devlin, M. (December 11, 2012). Internet helps refugee students. Campus Review 22(4), p.18.
Devlin, M. (November 20, 2012). Old lessons for a new age. The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 23, 2012). Online learning calls for new set of skills. The Age.
Devlin, M. (September, 25, 2012). Time for bosses to adopt a more worldly view. The Age.
Devlin, M. (August 7, 2012). Why the net effect shows the way ahead. The Age.
Devlin, M. (June 26, 2012). Why universities much reach out to a new class. The Age.
Devlin, M. (May 29, 2012). A Socratic lesson on the future of higher education. The Age.
Gribble, C., Blackmore, J., Farrell, L., Devlin, M., Arber, R. and Rahimi, M. (May 28, 2012). Work barriers block international students.Campus Review
Devlin, M. (May 28, 2012). Practical help for the disadvantaged. Campus Review:
Devlin, M. (April 17, 2012). The Chair (On universities’ management of sessional teachers). The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 13, 2012). The Chair (On the funding, and public perceptions of, universities). The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 6, 2012). Seven secrets of great teaching unis. The Australian.
Devlin, M. (January 16, 2012). First year: A survival guide. The Age.
Devlin, M. (2011). Targeting effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status. HERDSA News
Devlin, M. (November 29, 2011). Call for policy change on disadvantaged students. Campus Review 21(23), p. 10.
Devlin, M. (November 16, 2011). Keys found to success by the less privileged. The Australian.
Devlin, M. (September 13, 2011). Counting the cost. The Age.
Devlin, M. (August 30, 2011). Looking for the starting line. The Age.
Devlin, M. (August 24, 2011). We need to go deeper on teaching. The Australian.
Devlin, M. (May 10, 2011). All in the family, The Age.
Devlin, M. (April 5, 2011). How can I improve my teaching? The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 29, 2011) Help, I need to cram. The Age.
Devlin, M. (March 1, 2011). I’m new to uni…and confused. The Age.
Devlin, M. and Davies, M.(February 24, 2011). Is Interdisciplinary Higher Education the Next Big Thing? In Depth: The Melbourne University Newsroom
Devlin, M. (February 22, 2011). A lecturer wants to climb the ladder. The Age.
Devlin, M. (February 14, 2011). So what’s a degree? The Age.
Devlin, M. (February 8, 2011). I’m new to uni – please help. The Age.
Devlin, M. (November 29, 2010). Helping with the transition. The Age.
Devlin, M. (November 22, 2010). Peering over my shoulder. The Age.
Devlin, M. (November 17, 2010). Funding guidelines all smoke and mirrors. The Australian.
Devlin, M. (November 16, 2010). How do I deal with a class of 500? The Age.
Devlin, M. (November 9, 2010). Accentuate the positive. The Age.
Devlin, M. (November 2, 2010). Problems for the ages. The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 26, 2010). At sea in a foreign country. The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 18, 2010). The novelty of uni wears thin. The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 11, 2010). A note on absent students. The Age.
Devlin, M. (October 5, 2010). What will happen to standards? The Age.
Devlin, M. (29 September, 2010). Improved access needs on campus support. The Australian.
Devlin, M. (27 September, 2010). I’m barely surviving. The Age.
Devlin, M. (21 September, 2010). Publish and be grand. The Age.
Devlin, M. (13 September, 2010). Where do you draw the line on plagiarism? The Age.
Devlin, M. (7 September, 2010). My daughter doesn’t seem engaged in her course. The Age.
Devlin, M. (30 August, 2010). How can I tell if my students are learning anything? The Age.
Devlin, M. (23 August, 2010). Can I beat the law? The Age.
Devlin, M. (17 August, 2010). I’m off to uni next year but which one? The Age.
Devlin, M. (7 March, 2010). De-mystifying the university. University World News.
Devlin, M. (1 February, 2010). Indicating quality. Article on the national teaching performance indicators proposed by the federal government, Campus Review.
Radio, TV and quotes in online/print media – 2014 onwards only
- On reimagining traditional learning and teaching approaches, Campus Review, September 12, 2019.
- On students choosing to study what they enjoy regardless of high ATARs. Sydney Morning Herald, February 14, 2019.
- On Victoria University’s reforms. Australian Financial Review, Robert Bolton, February 11, 2019.
- On the success of Victoria University’s transformational new Block Model of education and progress on the Enterprise Agreement negotiations. The Australian, Sian Powell, January 23, 2019.
- On the VU Guarantee to a place. The Australian, September 19, 2018.
- On students dropping out of university. Big Ideas, ABC Radio, July-August, 2018.
- On reducing violence. Star Weekly. August, 2018.
- On women in executive leadership. Universities Australia, October 30, 2017.
- On micro credentialing for regional students. Media Centre for Education Research, May 1, 2017.
- On my research on regional student attrition on radio ABC Gippsland, April 3, 2017.
- On financial stress driving regional student drop out in The Australian, March 29, 2017.
- On typical university students, in response to my article in The Conversation. ABC Gippsland Radio, March 1, 2017.
- On typical university students, ABC Canberra, in response to an article in The Conversation, February 28, 2017.
- On growth and completions at FedUni. The Courier.
- On the growth of first preferences for FedUni from students in 2017 and reasons for slower completions of regional students. ABC Western Victoria, January 19, 2017.
- On completion rates of university students. The Age. January 18, 2017.
- On completion rates of regional students compared to metropolitan students. Breakfast with Red Symons ABC. January 18, 2017.
- On regional and remote students, equity and a pop-up panel at the National Press Club. Campus Review. November 22, 2016.
- On how the university looks after the needs of First in Family students. The Courier. June 21, 2016.
- On how FedUni Gippsland campus has grown student numbers since the merger with Monash Gippsland. ABC Gippsland. March 16, 2016.
- On how parents can best support new university students. ABC Gippsland. February 24, 2016.
- On the three research grants won by FedUni from the HEPPP National Priorities Pool. Radio and Digital ABC Gippsland. February 10, 2016.
- On funding for students from low SES backgrounds in the Horsham area. Buloke Times. February 9, 2016.
- On two research grants I won related to the support of students from low SES backgrounds. La Trobe Valley Express. Feb 8, 2016
- On ‘High Degree Cheating’. Radio National Life Matters, April 13, 2015.
- On ATARs. ABC News24 TV, January 23, 2015.
- On branding of the university. ABC News Gippsland. January 21, 2015.
- On ATARs. The Age. January 20, 2015.
- On options for tertiary students. WIN TV News, January 19, 2015.
- On ATARs. 3AW with Tom Elliott. January 19, 2015.
- On the use of ATARs and entry requirements. January 19, 2015 Mornings with Jon Faine.
- On the increase in direct applications. The Age, January, 19, 2015.
- On the acceptance of students with low ATARs. January 19, 2015.
- On ATAR scores. The Australian. January 19, 2015.
- On life after Year 12/The ATAR. Radio National Life Matters, October 17, 2014.
- On attrition rates from universities. The Age, March 30, 2014.
- On the launch of Federation University Australia. ABC Radio Ballarat, January, 2014.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AWARDS
2015 – to date Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
2015 – to date Fellow and Member, Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand
2015 – to date Member, Universities Australia Executive Women’s Network (Co-Chair 17-18)
2013 – to date Lifetime Fellow (Elected), UK Society for Research in Higher Education
2008 – to date Member, UK Society for Research in Higher Education
1992 – to date Member, Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australasia
|2016||Winner (Victoria) Australian Institute of Management Leadership Awards: Leader/Manager of the Year|
|2016||Winner (National) Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards: Leader in the Government/Public Sector|
|2016||National Finalist, Australian Institute of Management Leadership Awards: Leader/Manager of the Year|
|2016||State Finalist, Telstra Victorian Business Woman the Year|
|2014||Honorary Membership Golden Key International Honour Society|
|2004||Australian Postgraduate Award ($55,452) PhD: An examination of the impacts of a solution-focused approach to university teaching development.|
|2004||First Prize ($10,000) The Problem with Plagiarism Campus Review Dialogica Writing Competition.|