As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the Australian National University, Professor Grady Venville has executive responsibility for special educational initiatives within the academic portfolio.
The portfolio's key roles are to:
Enhance quality and standards in education, including innovation in program development and delivery
Facilitate, promote and recognise excellence in University teaching and learning
Nurture and recognise student and staff achievements in education
Current priorities include:
Provision of mentorship, training and/or professional development to ensure our teaching staff have the opportunity to excel
Enhancing University's teaching and learning spaces and practices
Professor Venville has a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Science Education (Distinction) and PhD in Science Education from Curtin University. Career highlights have included a post-doctoral appointment at King's College London; being appointed the inaugural Professor of Science Education in 2007, and Dean of Coursework Studies in 2013, at the University of Western Australia; and a three-year appointment to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
Professor Venville's research in science education focuses on conceptual development, curriculum integration and cognitive acceleration. Grady has made a lifelong commitment to teaching and education. A central belief underpinning everything she does is that high quality education is critical not only for human development but also for a healthy and peaceful society.