Executive Dean, School of Engineering

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 22 Jun 2023

  • Key leadership position
  • Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term

Executive Dean,
School of Engineering
Key leadership position
Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is seeking to appoint a new Executive Dean for the School of Engineering based at the Joondalup campus.

About the University

We are a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching, high quality research, state-of-the-art facilities, and engagement with our communities. Our national reputation for education experience comes from an emphasis on learner-centred teaching, a focus on the student experience and learning experiences that support employability. 

Situated in beautiful Western Australia, ECU is recognised as one of the world’s top young universities, with world-class infrastructure and an academic and workplace culture that energises and inspires everyone who works and studies here.   

Since our establishment in 1991, we have grown rapidly into a quality university with internationally recognised research and excellent student and staff satisfaction. ECU is an ethical and responsible organisation with strong values that are owned and demonstrated by the whole University community.

These values inform how we work, and the University’s commitment to equality, opportunities for disadvantaged people, and reducing our impact on the environment. 

About the Opportunity

The School of Engineering is one of the fastest growing schools in Australia, recognised internationally for its excellent quality of education and research, supported by outstanding infrastructure and facilities.   

The Executive Dean, School of Engineering is a member of the University Executive and plays a key role in developing and contributing to the strategic direction for the University. The position will lead the ongoing development and direction of the School, enhancing the University’s domestic and international recognition and standing for learning and teaching, research and industry engagement, to support ECU’s exceptional educational experience.

This position reports to the Vice-Chancellor and works in close collaboration with the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (SDVC), other members of the University Executive (including other Executive Deans), and other key leadership roles across the University.

About You

  • You are a recognised PhD qualified Professor with an outstanding record of scholarship in a relevant discipline.
  • You are a visionary who is innovative and inclusive in your practice, with a commitment to delivering high quality teaching and research programs that enhance the staff and student learning experience.       
  • You enjoy collaborating with passionate people who want to make a difference through ECU’s academic activity and social impact.
  • You are a natural influencer, who builds rapport quickly and knows the importance of taking time to build trusted and strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders to drive change and achieve a shared purpose.
  • You will demonstrate prior success in leading innovation at the School level and delivering on institutional strategic priorities. 
  • You are an inclusive, values-driven collaborator and strategic thinker who operates with integrity and values self-awareness and continued personal growth.
  • You demonstrate personal attributes that align with ECU’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry, Personal Excellence and Courage.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Hanlie du Plessis, Director, People and Culture on + 61 8 6304 2556 for an initial discussion or email h.duplessis@ecu.edu.au  

For more information, and How to Apply, please refer to the Candidate Brochure.

Applications Close: 11.30pm (AWST) on Thursday, 22 June 2023


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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