Professor Grady Venville

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
BSc, GradDipEd (UWA) & GradDipSc, PhD (Curtin)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) holds responsibility for the establishment and satisfaction of academic standards at ANU, including the delivery of an exceptional educational and student experience.

The portfolio's key roles are to:

  • Highlight and expand the University's national and global leadership in the provision of research-led education.
  • Enhance quality and standards in education, including innovation in program development and delivery and educational administration.
  • Nurture and recognise student and staff achievements in education.
  • Strengthen regional, national and global connections in curriculum, industry partnerships and educational research.
  • Support College-led processes of curriculum renewal.

Current priorities include:

  • Implementation of approaches and metrics on the recruitment, retention, mentoring, management and development of academic and professional staff to lead the sector.
  • Provision of mentorship, training and/or professional development to ensure our teaching staff have the opportunity to excel
  • Generation and regeneration of the University's teaching and learning spaces and practices
  • Introducing Australia's first university-wide integrated approach to admissions, accommodation and scholarships which recognises academic and co-curriculum achievements and matches financial support with need and which sets the highest national standards
  • Philanthropic activities to transform the opportunities of ANU students and educators.

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.

 

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