Fremantle Campus appoints new Deputy Vice Chancellor

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 1-8-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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The University of Notre Dame Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Shelda Debowski as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Fremantle Campus.

Professor Debowski has an extensive background in Western Australian higher education. After lecturing in Library and Information Science at Edith Cowan University, she moved to Murdoch University as Senior Lecturer in Business. Her most recent role has been at the University of Western Australia as Winthrop Professor (Higher Education Development) and Director, Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS). In this capacity she has led a number of national and international projects relating to research capacity building.

Professor Debowski holds a Master of Education and a PhD from the University of Western Australia and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Debowski is a fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) (where she is also the current President), of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and of the Association of Tertiary Education Management (ATEM). She was a recipient of a 2011 Churchill Fellowship and a finalist in the 2008 Telstra Business Women's Awards. She also served a two-year term as the President of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED), a collaborative network of the presidents of higher education development societies from across 22 countries.

Professor Debowski is renowned as a strategic innovator with an extensive knowledge of the higher education sector both in Australia and internationally. She has high level expertise and experience in educational theory and practice, research management and strategy, academic development, leadership development, human resource management, change management, organisational analysis and development, knowledge management and project management.

The Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame, Professor Celia Hammond, said that she was delighted with the appointment of Professor Debowski to this senior leadership role.

"Professor Debowski's track record shows that she has the capacity, drive, dedication and passion to be a creative and innovative leader of the Fremantle Campus and to help it further consolidate its reputation for quality learning within a strong belief based university," said Professor Hammond.

Professor Debowski will commence at the University in September 2012.

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