Short Curriculum Vitae

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I am recognised nationally and internationally for my expertise in education. Currently engaged in a number of international appointments and consultancies, I have won over $6 million in research and other funds, mostly while also engaged full time in senior roles. An experienced researcher and consultant, I am frequently commissioned by government, universities, other education providers and professional associations to produce a wide range of outputs including policy and other advice. Considered a thought leader in education, I have given over 90 invited addresses in 10 countries and have produced more than 300 publications, comprising refereed, academic, professional, report and op-ed media outputs. I am a Lifelong Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Institute for Managers and Leaders. Serving on a number of editorial, advisory and company boards, I have extensive governance experience, including in strategy development and execution and in financial, risk and human resource management. I have excellent commercial and business acumen and a strong network.
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
1997                 Registration as a Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia
1994                 Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Swinburne University
1991                 Diploma in Education, La Trobe University, Melbourne
1991                 Registration as a Teacher, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
1986                Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Australian National University
2018 – to date   Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Victoria University
2017 – 2018       Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, RMIT University
2014 – 2017       Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality), Federation University
2013                    Director, Centre for Learning Innovation, University of Ballarat
2012                    Executive Director, Open Universities Australia
2008 – 2012      Director, Higher Education Research Group, Deakin University
2007                    Deputy Director, Melbourne CSHE, The University of Melbourne
2006 – 2007      Director, TLU, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne
2012 – to date   Founding Editorial Board Member: Teaching and Learning Inquiry, The journal of ISSOTL.
2010 – to date   Founding Editorial Board MemberStudent Success
2006 – to date  National Assessor, Australian Awards for University Teaching
2016 – 2018      National Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women
2017 – 2018      Executive Member, Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic)
2017 – 2018      Member, QILT Working Group,Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic)
2013 – 2018     Member, Register of Experts, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
2015                   International Review Panel Member, Irish National Reaching Expert Awards
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, HERDSA
2007 – 2010    Member, National Advisory Group, AUSSE
2009                 Member, Expert Advisory Group: Assessment Futures (ALTC Boud Fellowship)
2001                  Invited International Teaching and Learning Consultant, Hong Kong City University
2018 – to date     Member, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
                               Member, VCAA Executive
                               Member, VCAA Audit Sub-Committee
2017 – to date     Member, Open Colleges Education and Training Advisory Board
2015 – to date      Appointed Specialist, Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
2011 – to date      Director/Company Secretary, Japlino Pty Ltd
2017 – 2018         Project Governing Board Member: Development and implementation of an education portfolio to evaluate excellence of teachers at the University of New South Wales
2016 – 2018        Reference Group Member: Commonwealth Government National Priorities Pool-funded project Australian universities and public libraries working together to facilitate success for low socioeconomic status students living in regional and remote communities.
2016 – 2018         Reference Group Member: Commonwealth Government National Priorities Pool-funded project Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability.
2017 – 2018         Non-Executive Director, Australian Overseas Foundation
2015 – 2018         Board Member, Higher Education Academic Board, William Angliss Institute
2015 – 2017         External Advisor and Evaluator: National Equity Fellowship for Associate Professor Cathy Stone at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education: Opportunity Through Online Learning
2015 -2016         Reference Group Member: Commonwealth Government National Priorities Pool-funded project Shaping the 21st Century student experience at regional universities
2009 – 2012        Member, Education Advisory Board, Pearson Australia


Victoria University (2018 – to date)
Standing Deputy to the Vice-Chancellor
Deputy Chair and member, Senior Executive Group
Deputy Chair, Gender Equity Committee
Chair, Strategic Transformation Taskforce
Chair, Academic Promotions Panel (D&E)
Chair, University Services Committee
Member, Academic Board
RMIT University (2017 – 2018)
Member, Education Quality and Innovation Committee
Member, Intellectual Property Committee
Member, Academic Board


Federation University Australia (2013-2017)
Acting Vice-Chancellor as required
Chair, Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Advisory Panel
Chair, Academic Quality Assurance Committee
Chair, Student Retention and Success Committee
Chair, TEQSA Taskforce
Co-Chair, ASQA Taskforce
Member, Vice Chancellor’s Senior Team
Member, Academic Board & Academic Board Executive
Member, Learning and Teaching Committee
Member, Curriculum Committee
Member, University Program Approval Committee
Member, Program Planning Committee
Member, Berwick Campus Steering Committee
Member, Student Administration Transformation Steering Committee & Implementation Committee
Member, Social Inclusion Committee
Member, Information Systems Steering Committee
Member, Digital Experience Steering Committee
2017-2019      Commonwealth Department of Education Economies of scale in supporting low SES and other disadvantaged students $199, 899
2016-2017      Commonwealth Department of Education Improving the transition and retention of regional students from low socio-economic backgrounds: A ‘5 Ps’ approach $179 094
2016-2017      Commonwealth Department of Education A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities $156 686
2016-2017      Commonwealth Department of Education Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities $146 500
2009- 2013    Australian Research Council Investigating the mismatch between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages $337 404
2010 – 2012     Australian Learning and Teaching Council/ Office for Learning and Teaching Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education $220 000
2010 – 2011     Australian Learning and Teaching Council Sustainable leadership of teaching and learning initiatives: Lessons from the sector $235 000
2007 – 2008     Carrick Institute Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A framework to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices $200 000
2006 – 2007     Universities Australia/Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee National Survey of Student Finances $600 000
2018     Invited Panel Member: The Clever Country: Supporting Regional and Remote Student Success. Universities Australia Conference, March 1, 2018.
2017     Keynote Address: Degrees of Difference – Teaching Matters. University of Tasmania Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. November 27, 2017
2017     Invited Panel Member: Women in STEM: Creating collaborative educational platforms that drive engagement and retention. Future-Proofing STEM Industries Summit. Sydney, September 20, 2017
2017     Invited Speaker: Great Leadership: It’s not really about you. Australian Institute of Management 2017 Fellow’s Breakfast. Melbourne May 23, 2017
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 International Speaker: Research in higher education learning, teaching and curriculum. Society for Research in Higher Education 50th Anniversary Forum, London, June 26.
2014     Invited Panel Speaker: Defining the future academic workforce.  Institutional Strategies for Blended Learning Conference, Sydney, March 26, 2014
2013     Keynote Speaker: Innovation in Changing Times: What role for eStudentServices and eSupport? Annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA), New Zealand December 3, 2013.
Remedies for low retention rates in the regions The Australian.
The typical university student is no longer 18, middle-class and on campus – we need to change thinking on ‘drop-outs’. The Conversation.
ATAR is a marketing tool: Four reasons to stop obsessing about it. EduResearch Matters.
Retaining students to graduation is not a simple formula. The Age.
Why a low ATAR is not the end of the world for students or universities. The Age.
Education debate must focus on university exit standards. The Age.
Uni entry and the great ATAR myth. The Age (syndicated by 60+ publications).
2015 – to date     Graduate and Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
2015 – to date     Fellow and Member, Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and NZ
2013 – to date     Elected Lifetime Fellow, UK Society for Research in Higher Education
2016                 Winner, Institute of Leadership and Management Leader/Manager of the Year Award (Victoria)
2016                 Winner, Women’s Agenda National Leadership Award – Government/Public Sector
2016                 National Finalist, ILM Leader/Manager of the Year Award
2016                 State Finalist, Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Public Sector and Academia
2004                First prize, Campus Review Co-op Bookshop National Dialogica Writing Competition
2017 – to date     Privacy and Information Management; Equal Employment Opportunity; Health and Safety; Research Ethics; Research Integrity; Intellectual Property; Competition and Consumer Protection; Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
2016– to date     Telstra Business Women Award Winner Alumni: workshop/seminar attendance
                              United Nations Women: workshop/seminar attendance
2015– to date     Institute of Leadership and Management: Member and workshop/seminar attendance
                              Australian Institute of Company Directors: workshop/seminar attendance
                             Universities Australia Executive Women’s Network Co-Chair (17-18) and member
2015                    AICD Interpreting Financial Statements module