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

Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi
NOADD Convenor

Born in Italy and raised bilingually, Andrea has a BA in Arts from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a PhD in Renaissance Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK). He is currently Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts at Melbourne. He has served in this role for two years. Before moving to Melbourne in 2005, Andrea has held academic appointments at Kent, UWA and UniSA. In 2010-2011, Andrea was awarded the Harvard University Deborah Loeb Brice Fellowship held at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. He has taught several interdisciplinary HASS subjects and programs, often team-taught with colleagues from linguistics, visual studies, sociology, and medicine. In the last three years, Andrea has been involved in queering the curriculum in his Faculty, with a particular attention to inclusivity in language learning programs.

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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.

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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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Professor Craig Batty
Research SIG Leader

Professor Craig Batty is Dean of Research (Creative) at the University of South Australia. He is the author, co-author and editor of 15 books, including Script Development: Critical Approaches, Creative Practices, International Perspectives (2021), The Doctoral Experience: Student Stories from the Creative Arts and Humanities (2019), Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (2nd ed.) (2019) and Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018). He has published widely on the topics of screenwriting practice, screenwriting theory, creative practice research and doctoral supervision. Craig is also a screenwriter, script editor and script consultant.

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