Murdoch appoints Deputy Vice Chancellor

July 11, 2016

Professor Romy Lawson has been appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education

Professor Romy Lawson has been appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education

Professor Romy Lawson has been appointed by Murdoch University for the key position of Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education will lead the University’s academic mission with respect to learning and teaching, curriculum development and student experience.

Professor Lawson has been actively involved in teaching and learning development in higher education for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia. She is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Edith Cowan University, and prior to accepting this role she was Director of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Wollongong where she led a large and very active team in areas including strategic curriculum development, technology enhanced learning and learning development. She has also held key learning and teaching positions at James Cook University and University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Lawson’s research has focused on whole of degree curriculum design for assuring learning; the effect of assessment and feedback on student learning; leadership strategies for curriculum renewal; embedding professional learning in the curriculum; and the impact of professional development on higher education teaching. In 2013, after completing an OLT Strategic Priority Project, Professor Lawson’s work was recognised with a National OLT Teaching Fellowship, to continue her work in curriculum design for assurance of learning.

Announcing the appointment, Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said the role was critical to the future success of the University.

“Professor Romy Lawson is renowned for being at the forefront of contemporary learning and curriculum development in Australia,” Professor Leinonen said.

“Her appointment will ensure Murdoch remains responsive to rising student expectations, including individual academic support, flexible learning options, and better employment outcomes through real-world learning.”

The Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education is one of two roles recently created to support the University’s ambitious plans for students, education and international development. An announcement on the recruitment of a new Deputy Vice Chancellor – International is expected shortly.

“Professor Lawson will be joining an exceptional leadership team and a highly committed university community at an ambitious stage of the University’s development. Her appointment is central to realising our growth trajectory, the employability of our graduates and securing Murdoch University’s future success,” Professor Leinonen said.

“Professor Lawson will ensure we continue delivering on our promise to educate the global innovators of the future.”

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Physical Education, a Master of Philosophy and PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor.

Professor Lawson will commence her role on 8 August 2016.

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