The Network of Associate and Deputy Deans (NOADD) elects members of its Leadership Team prior to each year’s DASSH AGM. Each elected Team member is expected to complete a two-year term. The Leadership Team consists of a Convenor, who is responsible for coordinating NOADD activities and represents the Network on the DASSH Board, and six Special Interest Group Leaders; one for each Group.

Meet the team

Professor Rachel Ankeny
NOADD Convenor

Professor Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Rachel has a BA in Liberal Arts (Philosophy/Maths, St John's College, Santa Fe, NM), and MA degrees in Philosophy and in Bioethics, and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (all from the University of Pittsburgh, PA). In 2006 she graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in Gastronomy (University of Adelaide) after completing a dissertation on celebratory food habits among Italo-Australian and Italian-American immigrants. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Online Learning (Higher Education) from the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2006, she was director and lecturer/senior lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney from 2000.

Rachel currently serves as Deputy Dean Research (former Associate Dean Research, 2011-19 and Deputy Executive Dean, 2015-present) for the Faculty of Arts, and coordinates the Faculty's ARC ERA and Engagement and Impact submissions.

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Professor Susan Page
Indigenous SIG Leader

Professor Susan Page is an Aboriginal academic whose research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience of learning and academic work in higher education and student learning in Indigenous Studies. Susan is currently Associate Dean (Indigenous) and Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. From 2015-2018 Susan led a university wide Indigenous Graduate Attribute project. Early in her academic career, Susan was awarded a university Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Sydney) and in 2019 she led the CAIK team awarded a National Australian Universities Teaching Award, the Neville Bonner award for Indigenous Education. Susan has been an investigator on four Australian Research Council grants. From 2015-2018 she was a Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (Aboriginal Corporation).

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Professor Jane Edwards
International SIG Leader

Professor Jane Edwards is the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education at the University of New England in Armidale NSW. Describing herself as “hopelessly interdisciplinary” she completed two degrees in music at the University of Melbourne before attaining her PhD at the University of Queensland in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Medicine. Toggling back and forth between roles in Faculties of Health, and Arts & Humanities throughout her academic career has helped to be an all-rounder when evaluating research performance. Originally focusing her main research on therapeutic practice in psychosocial care with children and their families receiving medical care, she has developed expertise and published a wider range of topics including queering the curriculum, sexism in universities, spirituality in allied health practice, and qualitative research methods for healthcare evaluation. Jane has held academic appointments in eight universities in four countries; Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. She was formerly ADR for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

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Professor Tara Magdalinski
Learning and Teaching SIG Leader

Prof Tara Magdalinski completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland, focussing on the sociological and historical aspects of sport. Following ten years as a founding member of the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast, in 2007 she moved to University College Dublin to take up a position in sports management, where she was the Head of Subject for Sports Management and the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She returned to Australia in 2016 to take up a position as Associate Dean, Learning Innovation in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Tara has published widely in the area of sports studies, focussing on exploring the interface between performance technologies, nature and the athletic body to try to understand concerns about “unnatural” enhancement and expectations of “authenticity” in sport.

EmailSwinburne University, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Dr Renee Desmarchelier
Professional Development SIG Leader

Renee Desmarchelier is the Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching and Student Success) in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. She has a passion for learning and teaching and, since her first casual university appointment at the University of Queensland in 2000, has been actively involved in learning and teaching through representation on faculty learning and teaching committees, program and course development, specialisation leadership, school coordination and now as an Associate Dean. Renee has a diverse academic background that spans the Humanities (sociology, Indigenous studies), Education (sociology of education, multicultural education and critical pedagogy) and Science (Horticulture).

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Associate Professor Grayson Cooke
Research SIG Leader

Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning media artist, Associate Professor of Media and Director of Research in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented media art and live audio-visual performance works in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, the WRO Media Art Biennale and the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York, and at key venues such as MONA in Hobart, ACMI in Melbourne, the National Art Centre in Tokyo, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

As a scholar, Grayson has published about media art and the art/science nexus in journals including Leonardo and Convergence, and he is also associate editor for the online journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

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