Associate Head (Professional Engagement)

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    University of Southern Queensland
    West Street, Toowoomba, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
    Phone: 0746312663
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Toowoomba, QLD 


Education, Teaching and Support

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Full Time - Fixed Term


Executive & Senior Management: Head of Department, Other Executive Positions

Job Description:

The University of Southern Queensland has forged a reputation as Australia’s leading regional University, recognised in particular for our outstanding performance in graduate employment, student support and social equity, and dedication to undertaking world-leading research.

In pursuit of its mission to create and share knowledge, transform lives and solve the problems that matter to the world, USQ is firmly focussed on providing contemporary academic offerings and investing in research in our flagship areas of agriculture, health, space and defence, and regional development.

As the Associate Head (Professional Engagement), you will play a key role in transforming our engagement with students, staff and our industry partners.

What we need:

  • An accomplished academic able to effectively engage with a range of stakeholders, including students, alumni, staff and the profession.  
  • An enthusiasm for industry-informed, future-focussed and engaged teacher education and professional learning programs. 
  • A passion for ensuring a maximised student experience that leads to high levels of student engagement and success, and employer satisfaction.
  • An industry-informed research generator.    

What you’ll do:

  • Contribute to the transformation of the School’s teacher education and professional learning programs, to ensure they are innovative and focussed on engaging students.
  • Develop partnerships with industry to enhance our research, professional learning and professional experience activities.
  • Guide the School’s Professional Experience activities.
  • Lead the School’s internal and external student outreach and engagement activities.

What will help you succeed:

Your success in this role will be underpinned by strong academic standing across teaching and research that is commensurate with an Associate Professor level, with academic credentials that include a PhD in a teacher education related field. You will also bring exceptional leadership and change management skills, strategic and innovative thinking and a proven capacity to successfully lead, manage, and administer within an academic organisation. You will also have experience engagingwith teacher education professional bodies and industry.
You will thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy testing your transformational leadership capabilities. You will be a team player who enjoys working collaboratively in an environment that values diversity, inclusion and respect.

What we offer:

A range of rewarding career, financial and lifestyle benefits including:
  • generous superannuation;
  • flexible working arrangements to maintain positive work/life balance;
  • professional development programs;
  • Fit and Well Corporate Program which includes gym membership; and
  • discounted personal travel and health services.
This is a highly rewarding opportunity to support our academics as we transform our teaching and research capabilities and the School's reputation for producing quality research and education professionals.

Appointment to the Associate Head (Professional Engagement) role will be for a term of three years, with an underlying full-time continuing appointment as Associate Professor (Curriculum and Pedagogy).

For a confidential discussion about this position, please contact Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira, Head of School and Dean (Education) on +61 7 3470 4043 or email [email protected]

Applications close Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

Further information regarding this vacancy and how to apply is available at Jobs at USQ




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