After an extensive search, the University of Sydney today announced it has appointed Professor Joanne Wright to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).
Professor Wright will join the University in June from the University of Queensland (UQ), where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Mark Scott said Professor Wright would bring to Sydney considerable higher education leadership experience at a senior level, gained across two continents in a variety of contexts and higher education institutions.
I am incredibly impressed with Professor Wright’s passion for enhancing the position of teaching and learning and the student experience as well as her commitment to equity and the transformative power of higher education.
Externally, Professor Wright has a high profile and well-established relationships in the higher education sector, serving as a member of several national advisory bodies and working groups through Universities Australia and the Group of Eight (Go8).
Prior to joining the University of Queensland, Professor Wright held senior level academic leadership roles for many years, starting with her position as Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London in 2002. For the last 15 years, she has held responsibility for teaching and learning portfolios at the University of Sussex and the University of South Australia where she also held the appointment of Acting Vice-Chancellor for a period, before moving to UQ in 2013. Most recently, Professor Wright has been at the forefront of UQ’s work on blended learning and curriculum reform and led the University’s teaching and learning response to the global pandemic.
In accepting her appointment, Professor Wright said she was honoured to be joining the University of Sydney.
I look forward to building upon its many amazing achievements amd particularly look forward to sharing ideas with students and colleagues as to how we can refresh and repair after a most challenging couple of years, as well as continue to learn and grow through whatever the future may hold.