Associate Dean Creative Humanities

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 29 May 2022

  • $191,335 pa (ALEVE – Professor) Or $149,267 To $164,111 pa (ALEVD – Associate Professor) Plus Associate Dean Allowance $19,134
  • Full-Time, Mount Lawley campus
  • Open to candidates with the relevant work rights

Associate Dean Creative Humanities
School of Arts and Humanities
$191,335 pa (ALEVE – Professor) Or $149,267 To $164,111 pa (ALEVD – Associate Professor) Plus Associate Dean Allowance $19,134 Plus 17% superannuation

Full-time, Mount Lawley campus

Ideally commencing January 2023.

Overview of the School and opportunity
ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities is at the start of an exciting period of innovation, with ambitious goals for excellence in research, teaching and engagement that are aligned with ECU’s strategic vision.  We seek to appoint an outstanding academic to serve as Associate Dean Creative Humanities, one of four new Associate Dean appointments currently being made in the School. These appointees will work with the new Executive Dean, Professor Matthew Allen, to form a high-achieving senior academic leadership team, enabling the School to sustain a strong culture of scholarly excellence and socially just inclusion, as well as setting and achieving the School’s strategic objectives.

The School is one of the largest in the university, spanning diverse professional and academic disciplines including Art and Design, Criminology, Media and Communication, Humanities, Psychology and Counselling, Social Sciences, and Social and Youth Work. The School operates across three campuses, with more than 100 academic and professional staff, and has a strong online education presence. The diversity of the School is a strength, enabling interdisciplinary innovation, a sustainable financial platform, and many opportunities for collaborations with industry and community.

Arts and Humanities will be part of ECU’s move to the visionary City Campus in the Perth CBD in 2025.  It is an important partner in research and teaching in regional Western Australia, including being a part of the new University Department of Rural Health. It is involved in several ARC-funded research projects and contributes to University Strategic Research initiatives including the Centre for People, Place, & Planet. Our courses consistently outperform national averages in student satisfaction and we were Australia’s top public university for teaching quality in 2020 (QILT 2020).

We are seeking applications from enterprising, team-oriented, and strategic-minded academic leaders to join the school from 2023 onwards and contribute to its success while developing their own leadership careers. If successful, you will be appointed to a continuing academic position as Professor or Associate Professor within the School. You will serve an initial term of three years as Associate Dean (with the opportunity for a further three-year term). The Associate Dean role will involve a commitment of between 3 and 4 days’ a week with the remainder of time devoted to research and scholarship. Academic Study Leave is available upon completion of the term as Associate Dean.

The Associate Dean Creative Humanities will be part of the School Executive and will join three other associate deans, for which we are now also recruiting. These roles are the Associate Dean Research, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning and Associate Dean Psychology & Social Sciences. You are welcome to make separate applications for any and all of the positions that are available.

The role of Associate Dean Creative Humanities
As Associate Dean Creative Humanities you will be a member of the School’s Executive and will have responsibility for leading the group of academic disciplines constituted by our teaching and research programs in Advertising, Communication and Media, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Design, English, Film and Screen Production, Historical and Political Studies, Journalism, Photography, Public Relations, and Visual Arts. You will lead colleagues in these disciplines to define and develop the Creative Humanities as a coherent and distinctive area of contemporary scholarship, making the most of the transition in 2025 to the City Campus and its outstanding new creative facilities that support authentic learning and research engagement.

You will have significant delegated authority to lead the academic staff working in Creative Humanities. You will achieve success by developing a highly talented academic workforce that seeks excellence in research and teaching, and thrives in a collaborative scholarly environment. You will also focus on building internal and external relationships that drive future growth in Creative Humanities. As well as your primary disciplinary responsibility, you will be part of the shared strategic leadership of the School, and you will make valuable contributions to all aspects of School performance. Significantly you will help develop new models for effective and agile operational leadership that support senior leaders and provide career opportunities for future leaders. You will work with the Executive Dean and Associate Dean Psychology & Social Sciences to design new organisational approaches to take best advantage of the diverse disciplines within the School.

The successful candidate for this role
To be successful, you will have a deep knowledge of contemporary higher education relevant to Creative Humanities and be skilled in working collegially within a university and beyond. We equally value your comprehensive strategic leadership and your ability to contribute to sustained scholarly excellence in your continuing professorial role. You will already be working in higher education as an experienced Senior Lecturer or above.

Applications will be assessed solely on merit according to the following selection criteria. The successful applicant must demonstrate their track record of and future capacity to achieve excellent outcomes in:

  • academic teaching and research in a relevant discipline (including having a doctoral degree);
  • leading within complex university organisations for strategic advantage;
  • managing people, programs, and processes for operational effectiveness;
  • implementing innovations to improve academic work;
  • building and achieving success through high-performing teams;
  • forging partnerships with organisations external to universities;
  • sustaining effective professional interpersonal relations with colleagues; and
  • creating strong scholarly cultures consistent with ECU’s underpinning values.
  • All ECU staff shall demonstrate personal attributes congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry, Personal Excellence, and Courage. The preferred candidate will be required to undergo an integrity check, including a National Police Check. A probation period will apply to this appointment.

    ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage applications from suitably qualified people of all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Benefits and remuneration
    The successful applicant will be appointed to a full-time, continuing position as either Associate Professor or Professor (depending on prior level of achievement). The concurrent fixed-term role of Associate Dean Creative Humanities (initial term of three years) will attract additional remuneration. A generous relocation allowance is available to enable a successful applicant to move from elsewhere in Australia to Perth. ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances. For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Employment Opportunities website .

    Your application
    Your application is in three parts. The first part is a statement (maximum 4 pages) that clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role of Associate Dean Creative Humanities and the difference you will make to the School in this role. You should highlight key examples of your experience and expertise, enabling the selection committee to assess your application against the criteria above.

    The second part is a statement (maximum 1 page) that addresses the ongoing contribution you will make as a senior academic at professorial level and how you see yourself within the School’s array of disciplines and research programs.

    The third part is a detailed curriculum vitae, including summaries of the key academic leadership roles you have held or hold currently.

    Applications close on Sunday May 29, 2022 at 11:30pm AWST.

    Interested applicants should contact Professor Matthew Allen (Executive Dean, Arts and Humanities) ( ) to discuss their application, especially if considering applying for more than one of the available associate dean roles.



    ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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