Head of School - Design and the Built Environment (DBE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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The School of Design and the Built Environment (DBE) in the Faculty of Humanities embraces study that challenges and empowers students and staff to engage in taking informed action toward achieving brighter human futures in the domains of Sustainable, Global, Indigenous, and Learning Futures.  The School of BDE is committed to developing deep partnerships with the communities and industries we serve. Ranking in the top 100 in the world for Architecture and Built Environment (QS 2022), the School of DBE spans disciplines in architecture and construction management, geography, urban and regional planning, and the creative industries along with the Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute.
Your new role
Reporting to the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blythe, you will provide overall academic leadership enacting the University’s mission, values, and strategic goals. You will work with others to develop a shared vision for the School’s future that inspires commitment and bring about change. This includes translating the University’s overarching equity and diversity strategic goals into local plans and initiatives. In addition, you will foster and maintain an environment in which academics and professional staff work collaboratively and build rewarding partnerships to achieve excellence in the areas of learning and teaching, research and innovation, and engagement and impact. Through your experience in attracting, developing, and empowering talented staff,  you will ensure the effective management of staff and resources within the School.
To be successful in this role, you will…

  • Be an accomplished scholar, or practitioner with academic leadership experience.
  • Have the intellectual breadth to grasp different disciplinary approaches to shape a strategic and shared vision.
  • Have proven experience in delivering continuous improvement in both teaching and research.
  • Have demonstrated experience in building a strong positive culture and fostering world-class performance through collaboration and innovation.
  • have a flair for cultivating partnerships within and outside the school, especially in interdisciplinary research and pedagogy.
  • Be an effective negotiator with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the ability to translate strategic goals into local plans and initiatives.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact

Teagan Williams-Chen at Perrett Laver


02 8051 3008


About us

Curtin University is one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative universities, one known for its impactful research, strong industry ties and preparation of students for the jobs of the future. A top 300 university globally and ranked in the top 40 in the Young University Rankings (THE 2022), Curtin is Western Australia’s largest and most preferred university, with a commitment to serving its communities and partners. You will find Curtin to be a friendly place where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are a part of everyday life. Our staff are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide Australia and the world with quality graduates and innovative research.

Our vibrant campus includes a gym, childcare, a medical centre, an art gallery, endless food options including a full-range grocer, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, accessible parking and excellent public transport connections.

We offer generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and well-being, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

For more information about our university, please visit www.curtin.edu.au.

Join us!

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Applications close:  Wednesday 19th April 2023, 9.00pm
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.
You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.
Please note that we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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