Professor and Head of School, School of Communication and Arts

University of Queensland
August 11, 2024
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Fixed term for 5 yea
Working Time:Full time
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  • School of Communication and Arts

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Fixed term for 5 years with potential for an additional 5-year term

  • Based at St Lucia

  • About This Opportunity

    The School of Communication and Arts is at the forefront of teaching and research in English Literature, Creative and Professional Writing, Drama, Art History, Communication, Film and Television Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations. The School's academic teaching and research staff include internationally recognised scholars who are leaders in their research fields and award winners for innovation and excellence in teaching. We are seeking an exceptional academic leader in the above focus areas to lead the UQ School of Communication and Arts through the next phase of its development.

    Ideally, you will be an experienced and inspiring leader of world-class standing, with the capability to develop and implement an aspirational School strategy aligning with UQ's and the Faculty's vision and strategic objectives. You will have experience in developing and maintaining strategic and academic planning functions, including setting goals, targets and key performance indicators in the context of University and Faculty or Institute strategic and operational plans. You will have an understanding of key contemporary issues in political science and international relations and a commitment to implementing UQ's Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Strategy. You will be an excellent communicator, with a strong ability in building School resilience, adaptability and receptiveness to change.

    As Head of School, you will be expected to foster an inclusive and collegial School culture, cultivating and empowering high-performance as well as forging productive, collaborative partnerships that deliver strategic value.

    To view detailed information on the position, including the key requirements responsibilities, please refer to the Appointment Booklet.

    About UQ

    What started as Queensland's first university in 1909, with just three faculties and 83 students, has grown into university ranked in the world's top 50 that is renowned for being a leader in teaching and research.

    When you join the University of Queensland, you're joining a community that actively strives toward creating change right across the world every day. From science and sustainability to health and humanities, our researchers are finding solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Our award-winning teachers are recognised for empowering our students to thrive as innovative thinkers and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

    Even after 100 years of history and excellence, we haven't forgotten that UQ was founded by – and for – the people of Queensland. In 2022, we launched the Queensland commitment as part of our belief that education and opportunity should be available for all Queenslanders by breaking down personal, financial and geographical barriers. It's this commitment that re-emphasises that UQ is a place for everybody: no matter who you are, where you're from, or what challenges you've faced, you can pursue your ambitions at UQ.

    What We Can Offer

    The Head of School role is a full-time, fixed term position for five (5) years. A further appointment may be offered by mutual agreement. Upon negotiation, a continuing Professorial Academic Level E position may be considered.

    An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.

    Relocating from interstate or overseas? We'll support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia's Sunshine State here.


    For a confidential discussion please, or questions about the application process, please contact Caitlin Savage, Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition on 0447 512 425 or [email protected].

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter

  • Full Curriculum Vitae

  • Responses to the ‘About You' section, as listed in the Appointment Booklet

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form.

    About The Selection Process

    Applicants invited for interview will be expected to present a vision for driving the strategic direction of the School towards successful outcomes in the next five years in conjunction with the selection interview process.

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or the application may not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Background Checks : All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

    UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don't meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

    We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    Applications close: Thursday 22 August, 11:00pm AEST (R-40525).

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