Head, School of Psychological Sciences

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 1, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0032632
Location: Parkville
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Level E - $226,517 p.a. plus 17% super

About The University of Melbourne
Situated on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Bunurong, Yorta Yorta, and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples, the University of Melbourne is a place of discovery and enquiry. Our purpose is to benefit society through transformative education and research.

Established in 1853, we are one of Australia’s oldest universities and the first in Victoria. Today, our vibrant community comprises over 52,000 students, including 41 percent international students from 150 countries. Our students are supported by 10,000 academic and professional staff. This diversity of experience, backgrounds, and perspectives of all members of our community enriches the fabric of our university.

About the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is a diverse faculty renowned for its research excellence, teaching, training, and policy leadership across the breadth of medical, biomedical and health science fields.

Led by the Dean, Professor Jane Gunn, the faculty is Australia’s overall leader in clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences, and sits at the heart of a flourishing ecosystem of globally recognised health and biomedical organisations across Victoria.

We are based in Parkville, with a thriving rural health campus in Shepparton. The faculty comprises six schools and 41 departments, centres and institutes. It employs more than 2,750 FTE staff members and has a large and committed community of honorary members. It educates around 11,000 students each year, offers over 140 courses, and is a significant research contributor to the University of Melbourne.

About the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) is one of six schools within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS). Consistently positioned as one of the top Schools of Psychology in Australia and ranked 19th globally in the 2023 QS rankings, MSPS offers a compelling environment for education and research.

Boasting robust growth, the School attracts top-tier students nationally and internationally to our comprehensive range of APS-accredited undergraduate, graduate, professional and research programs. Teaching at the School is underpinned by excellence in research across a range of fields, including cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, cognitive and mathematical psychology, social and personality psychology, and clinical science.

Hosting a diverse community of more than 130 academic, teaching, research and professional staff, the School also includes over 100 honorary staff, 150 tutors and 120 PhD students. In 2023, we saw enrolments exceed 6500 students in undergraduate subjects, in addition to 200 students enrolling in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, and about 140 students enrolling in fourth-year honours programs and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced). A further 130 students were enrolled in various professional graduate programs, while a cohort of 40 students undertook coursework and industry internship opportunities as part of our non-accredited pathway, the Master of Applied Psychology.

The legacy of excellence at MSPS is characterised by pioneering research and unparalleled education within the vibrant community of the University of Melbourne.

About the Head of School opportunity
The Head of School will ensure through effective leadership that the activities of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences advance the implementation of the Advancing Health and Advancing Melbourne 2030 strategies for the faculty and the University. Translating the strategic agenda to meaningful work is key.

The role calls for an ethical and insightful leader capable of aligning teams of academics and professionals locally and globally to collaborate around a common purpose. The leader will foster a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to enhance the research performance of the University and to achieve excellence in teaching and research outcomes.

The successful applicant will be appointed Head of School for five years initially. The appointee will also hold a professorial appointment within the School. The Head of School reports to the Dean and is a member of the Faculty Executive Committee.

Joining the academic circle at the University of Melbourne offers opportunities to engage in research, teaching, and scholarly endeavours that contribute to advancing knowledge and shaping the world’s future. It’s a chance to collaborate with diverse minds, contribute to innovative research, and be a part of a community committed to making a positive difference.

If you thrive in collaborative executive roles and are dedicated to working closely with colleagues to achieve successful outcomes, we invite you to apply now.

To learn more about this exceptional opportunity, please visit https://alumniglobal.com/job/head-of-school-melbourne-school-of-psychological-sciences

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