Marcia Devlin, PhD, GAICD, is a globally recognised expert in education, equity and leadership. She works with a wide range of freelance consultants to provide services, expertise, advice and guidance in governance, leadership, interim executive roles, restructuring, facilitation, consulting, coaching, mentoring, research, evaluation, writing and/or speaking to educational and other institutions, companies and organisations.
Marcia is an award-winning leader, senior executive, company director, board member, international consultant, coach, researcher, columnist, author, writer and speaker. She has worked for 30 years nationally and internationally to improve the quality of learning and teaching in universities, to enhance inclusiveness and diversity in and around tertiary education and to strengthen senior leadership in education and related areas.
In 2021, Marcia released her first sole-authored book in 2021, Beating the Odds: A practical guide to navigating sexism in Australian universities. See the ‘SHOP’ tab above.
Nationally and internationally renowned for her work, Marcia is a member of many boards. Current board memberships include, among others:
- serving as a non-executive director on the board of Melbourne Polytechnic and as Chair of their Education Quality Committee;
- being a Ministerial appointee on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA);
- serving on the VCAA Executive Committee, Audit Committee and as Chair of the Senior Secondary Certification Reform Committee;
- serving the International Editorial Board of Teaching and Learning Inquiry, the US -based journal of International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL); and
- serving on the Editorial Board of the journals The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education and Student Success.
An internationally recognised expert on higher education and equity, Marcia is currently:
- the Universities Australia appointee on the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education;
- an elected a Lifetime Fellow of the UK-based Society for Research into Higher Education;
- an appointed Accreditation Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.
Marcia has also previously:
- served on the Board of VU Online;
- served as a board member of the Education and Training Advisory Board of Open Colleges;
- served as a member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts;
- served as a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Overseas Foundation;
- been a Fellow of the Institute for Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand.
- been a member of the Academic Board of William Angliss Institute; and
- been an international appointee of the inaugural International Panel of National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Ireland.
Marcia has been awarded the title of Leader/Manager of the Year in Victoria by the Australian Institute of Management (now the Institute for Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand) and was also the national winner of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Excellence Awards in the Government/Public Sector category. She has been honoured as a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Marcia has given over 200 public talks including around 100 keynote/headline speeches in ten countries. Her most recent international address was at Stanford University on digital education. She has won over $AUD 6 million in external competitive research, project and other funds, recently completed a Commonwealth-funded research project as Chief Investigator and has over 300 publications. Well known for her writing and media work across newspapers, TV and radio and frequently cited, she has a Google Scholar h-index of 33.
A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with: a PhD (University of Melbourne); a Masters in Education (Macquarie University); a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Swinburne University of Technology); a Diploma in Education (La Trobe University); and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Australian National University); and having completed an executive education course at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Marcia is eminently qualified.
Having worked in senior executive and/or senior leadership roles at Victoria University, RMIT University, Federation University Australia, Open Universities Australia, The University of Melbourne and Deakin University, and been appointed to numerous honorary and professorial roles in Australia and overseas, as well as to several boards, she is highly experienced. You can view Marcia’s Linked In profile here.
You can find her on ResearchGate here.
You can follow her on Twitter: @marciadevlin
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