Professor Sara de Freitas, a world renowned digital learning expert is Murdoch University’s new Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching.
With a wealth of expertise in highly respected research and higher education institutions, Professor de Freitas saw the Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching role at Murdoch as an opportunity to combine her passion for learning, teaching and technology to contribute to the University’s vision for excellence in education.
As the Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Professor de Freitas is responsible for leading the strategy for learning and teaching across the University. The role will also see her provide academic leadership for the Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) which supports a range of activities including high quality research in learning and teaching and supporting advanced educational innovative technologies.
“The new role of Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching signals the importance of learning and teaching to the University and is an important step in Murdoch’s journey towards greater international standing and benchmarking our student’s experience,” Professor de Freitas said.
“The higher education sector faces extraordinary challenges and opportunities over the next 10 years and I hope to provide timely support to the leadership team at Murdoch through my passion for learning and teaching, knowledge of the sector and new methods and techniques for engaging students.”
Prior to her role at Murdoch University, Professor de Freitas held positions as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University, Director of Research at the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University in the United Kingdom, and Senior Research Fellow and Lab Manager at Birkbeck College at the University of London where she helped to establish the well-known London Knowledge Lab.
Professor de Freitas was named most Influential Woman in Technology 2009 and 2010 by the US Fast Company and has published seven books and more than 100 journal articles, conference papers and reports.
She currently sits on more than 100 programme committees and advisory boards and has undertaken over a hundred international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents.
Her most recent book, Education in Computer Generated Environments (2013) has been published in hardback by Routledge in their Research in Education Series.