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.