Associate Head (Research)

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    University of Southern Queensland
    West Street, Toowoomba, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
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Toowoomba, QLD 


Academic - Research Only

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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 its 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 (Research), you will play a key role in nurturing and furthering our research culture and activities in the School of Education, for both our continuing staff and higher degree research students. 

What we need: 
  • A collaborative academic, willing to nurture the research growth of others.
  • An innovative researcher, able to cultivate an increase in research income and outcomes for all staff.
  • An industry-informed and engaged research generator.
  • A strategic thinker who understands and engages with national teacher education and research environments and debates.

What you’ll do: 
  • Transform the focus of the School’s research activities.
  • Progress a collaborative research culture in the School to engage all staff and students (from HDR to Professor).
  • Implement strategies to expand research income, activities and outputs.
  • Contribute to innovation generation across all aspects of the School.  

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 a Professor level, with academic credentials that include a PhD in a teacher education related field. In addition, you will 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 engaging with other researchers and the teacher education profession.

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 (Research) role will be for a term of three years, with an underlying full-time continuing appointment as 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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