As Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the Australian National University, Professor Royston Gustavson 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 Royston Gustavson joined ANU in 2003. A passionate educator, in 2009 he received the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, from 2010-2011 was Associate Dean (Education) of the ANU College of Business and Economics, and from 2010-2012 served on ANU's 15-person governing body, the ANU Council. Since January 2012 he has been Associate Dean (Education) in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, with academic oversight of the College's degree programs and courses, concurrently serving for a year in 2015/16 as Interim Head of the School of Music and from 2017 as Deputy Dean of the College. He is currently seconded as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).
He chaired the first formal review of the ANU Bachelor of Arts, the outcome of which focused the program on theory and method and the development of research skills; chaired the ANU Honours Working Party, which put in place significant minimum standards for research-training in the honours year; and is currently chairing the Academic Board Working Party on Academic Integrity.
His service to government includes appointment by the Minister to the board of a statutory authority, the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies, of which he is also founding co-chair of the Board's Innovation Committee; and membership of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's Register of Experts.
From 2015 to 2017, he was convenor of the learning and teaching network of the Australasian Council of Deans of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; from 2014-2017 was deputy chair of the ANU Educational Standards and Quality Committee; and from 2018 is deputy chair of the ANU Teaching and Learning Development Committee (a sub-committee of Academic Board).
Royston is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK); a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand, and Bruce Hall at ANU; and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.