Department Chair, Mathematics

Swinburne University of Technology - Mathematics Department

  • Lead a growing and dynamic academic team.
  • Contribute to our 2025 vision and goals.
  • Share your passion for academic leadership.

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology, and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching, and active engagement with both industry and the community.

We are a place where your work can impact the national economy and wellbeing of our society. We promote diversity, support career development, provide flexibility, and offer competitive salary packages.

About the job

Our Mathematics Department is premised on being the seed from which all the sciences grow. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate study in applied mathematics. We are currently looking for a new Department Chair to join us. In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic development and management of the Department’s academic offerings, research profile, student experience, and external engagement. You will lead a growing team of passionate and driven academics, and promote a spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration to improve and expand the department. As our Department Chair, you will work closely with the other key research and support areas of the university to support the activities and build the external profile of the Department. With your passion for Applied Mathematics, you will build the reputation of the Department by representing the University and School as appropriate, including in external engagement and research activities.

About you

We are looking for someone who is a passionate Applied Mathematician with a demonstrated background in collaborative leadership. Your field of expertise will align with one of our 3 applied mathematics research interests in the Department: mathematical biology, dynamical systems, or physical applied mathematics, with a clear connection to our research institutes highly desirable. With your reputation in applied mathematics, you enjoy sharing your knowledge and creating teaching programs that bring current industry trends into the curriculum to support our goal of future ready learners. Your previous leadership experience has seen you create cross disciplinary collaborations and elevate the awareness of mathematics as a key discipline.

To find out more, please review the key selection criteria below (further details available within the position description):

  • Demonstrated ability to both lead and be an effective team contributor for the development of new courses in the relevant disciplines and inspire staff to deliver innovative course design in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Effective strategic, analytical, and conceptual skills, together with the ability to contribute to devising and implementing strategic plans in a complex organisational environment.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to liaise with a wide variety of academics, work within a consultative, team environment in multi- disciplinary contexts, including an ability to work effectively with senior external members of the Faculty, University, and relevant professions in industry and government.
  • An understanding of the tertiary education sector in Australia, including international activities, and trends in leadership and management of contemporary universities in a rapidly changing and competitive environment.

How to apply
Please apply via

Position number: 33542.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

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