New Deputy Vice Chancellor
UniSA’s new Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic, will begin her role in Adelaide in February next year.
Professor Joanne Wright, currently Pro Vice Chancellor Education, and Professor of International Relations, at the University of Sussex in the UK, said that she was delighted to be joining such a dynamic, confident and forward looking university.
“I am particularly attracted to UniSA's aims of making a real difference to people and communities through both its educational programs and research,” she said.
“I am also looking forward to meeting up with old friends and colleagues after over a decade in the UK.”
At Sussex, Professor Wright has had University-wide responsibility for teaching and learning strategies, student recruitment (including international recruitment), the student experience, quality assurance and academic standards.
Announcing the appointment at the end of October, UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said that he was confident that Professor Wright would make an outstanding contribution to the University in the priority area of teaching and learning, where much progress had already been made.
“I look forward to welcoming her to UniSA and to working with her as a senior colleague as we continue our efforts to make UniSA one of the leading contributors to Australian higher education,” he said.
Professor Wright has a Master of Letters in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in international studies from the Australian National University. She began her academic career as a lecturer in politics and international relations at the University of Melbourne. Her recent appointments have included Professor of International Relations, University of London, and Dean, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, Jean Monnet Chair in European Security Integration, and Director of European Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Much of her academic work has been in the areas of security and terrorism.