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Professor and Head, School of Education, Culture and Society

Job No: 621571

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: The position of Head of School will be held initially for three (3) years, and may be extended for an additional term by mutual agreement. The Head of School position will be underpinned by a continuing appointment as Professor

Remuneration: A competitive remuneration package will apply

The University

Monash is full of thinkers and doers who are looking for their next challenge. So if you’ve forged a rewarding career so far, this role provides the perfect platform to join us. You’ll have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure and teaching spaces to do exciting work, along with opportunities to collaborate internationally. You’ll be part of a university that’s made up of inspirational, challenging thinkers and doers – and continue doing work that makes a lasting impact.

The Faculty of Education has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. With our teaching and through our research and engagement, we work to improve the quality of education in Australia and around the world. With counselling and educational psychology, we work to improve wellbeing and mental health in our communities. We are proud to equip the next generation of educators, counsellors, educational psychologists and researchers with the skills and knowledge to flourish in their work, and make a real difference in the world. Operating across two campuses, we offer a diverse range of disciplines that relates to our research strengths and society’s needs.

We are also a highly experienced provider of customised professional learning and immersion programmes and the delivery of complex, capability-building initiatives for teachers, school leaders, psychologists and other professionals, working with governments and other agencies and organisations across Australia and around the world.

Our research is designed to tackle the big issues in education, psychology and counselling. Underpinning our work is a deep commitment to social justice, and to fostering fair, equitable and sustainable futures. As a Faculty, our academic teams work in one of three schools that align with their research. These are: the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling; the School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education; and the School of Education, Culture and Society. The Faculty has a vibrant research culture supported by research groups, distinguished research fellows, our student community and visiting scholars.

The School of Education, Culture and Society has a broad agenda, working together to look at big issues in the sociology of education, comparative and international education, lifelong education, critical education policy studies and educational leadership.

For more information about the Faculty, please visit our website:

The Opportunity

The Faculty of Education, Monash University has a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are a large, comprehensive and diverse faculty, ranked number 1 in Australia and 15th in the world for education*. Monash graduates are known for their knowledge, intellectual engagement, skill, innovation and flexibility. 

The Professor and Head, School of Education, Culture and Society is a newly created position within the Faculty and is responsible for the overall operational management of the academic staff cohort in the School. This position will provide strategic leadership in academic governance and supervision, staffing and resource planning, and implementation of research strategy to achieve the Faculty’s goals. 

The Professor and Head, School of Education, Culture and Society position is responsible for making major contributions towards the ongoing international profiles of our school and interdisciplinary research whilst simultaneously undertaking their own program of innovative teaching.  

Reporting directly to the Dean, responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing high-level strategic leadership to the school that is aligned with Faculty and University strategic plans
  • Staff leadership and financial management, including managing and overseeing budgets, team building, recruitment and selection, performance management and staff development
  • Actively engage in research in line with the Faculty’s research strategy and provide innovative and effective leadership for the expansion of the Faculty’s HDR program by attracting high quality HDR students
  • Strong and committed leadership in teaching, curriculum development and research training by participating in the Faculty’s curriculum planning and development processes, academic committee’s and relevant examination processes
  • Work collaboratively with key staff across the Faculty and broader University community and support the Dean as a trusted advisor 

The position of Head of School will be held for 3 years, and may be extended for an additional term by mutual agreement. The Head of School position will be underpinned by a continuing appointment as Professor. 

*Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021 and QS Subject rankings, 2021.

About You

As Professor and Head of School, you will have an outstanding research and teaching record, and a proven capacity for leadership at a senior management level that includes developing and leading strategy, financial management and the management of staff to achieve excellence in education, research and engagement. You will provide academic leadership and have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to shape a collaborative and collegiate culture.

To be considered for this role, you will have demonstrated experience in establishing a strong collegial program of research capable of attracting substantial external funding. You will have demonstrated international leadership in the discipline of management, with a reputation for being an expert in the field (e.g., published in top tier journals) and delivering research excellence through procuring competitive research grants. You will have proven innovative and inspiring scholarship including supervision of high-quality PhD students.

With a flexible attitude and responsiveness to diverse staff needs, you will also be able to consult and liaise confidently with senior-level stakeholders. You will have demonstrable experience liaising with external bodies, both national and international, ensuring compliance with numerous frameworks and policies. As a strong inclusive leader who is receptive to feedback, you will strive towards excellence at all times and continue to maintain our positive culture and morale. With a desire to challenge the status quo in support of School interests, you will be passionate and able to maintain high levels of innovation to promote positive change and process improvement.

The Benefits

We offer you an engaging and dynamic role that includes many opportunities to network with highly motivated colleagues around the globe, as part of a committed and professional team. Our collaborative and supportive environment will offer you many benefits, including a competitive salary and opportunities for training and development. This challenging role will deliver great rewards to the right applicant.

A competitive remuneration package, including employer superannuation contribution of 17%, relocation and travel assistance, removal allowance, salary packaging and generous parental leave. Additionally, Monash offers a range of development programs, support for research study and overseas work, and flexible work arrangements.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills and successes of our staff. We invite you to join us as part of our dynamic learning programs and high quality research environment. We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that respects and embraces differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders. 

Your application must address the selection criteria and we encourage you to keep your application concise. Please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs”.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

The successful applicant will need to possess a current valid Police and Finance check.


Professor Viv Ellis, Dean, Faculty of Education,

Position Description

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Closing Date

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 11:55pm AEST

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