The Role of Deans in Our Changing World

May 19, 8am-9am Online

COVID has changed the way tertiary institutions are structured, education is delivered and the role that Deans now play internationally. Join us for an international webinar and hear from Deans across Australasia and the US who are facing sectoral change, disruptive processes, shifting expectations, adaptation and adversity followed by an open discussion. How are Deans in the humanities, arts and social sciences dealing with these challenges around the world?

Hear briefly from three speakers who will then moderate a strategic conversation open to all participants in the webinar.

This is a joint initiative between the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in the US.

Professor Dolores Guerrero
Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University

Dolores Guerrero, PhD, is Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University—Kingsville.  She has served in this role for 7 years in addition to 4 years as the Founding Dean of an Honors College.  Currently, she is a member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) board of directors and the CCAS Executive Committee.  Her research interests are in leadership development with a focus on gender and diversity across the higher education system.  She has also served as a presenter and mentor for various academic leadership programs.

Dr Sarah Bay-Cheng
Dean of Schol of Arts, Media, Performance and Design and Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies, York University, Toronto

Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng is the Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections among theatre, performance, and media including histories of avant-garde theatre and film, social media, and digital technologies in performance. Her publications include the books Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (2010) and Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein’s Avant-Garde Drama (2004) as well as articles, essays, and invited lectures.

Professor Nick Bisley
Dean and Head of hthe School of Social Sciences and Humanities at La Trobe University

Nick Bisley is the Dean and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia's international relations, great power politics and Australian foreign and defence policy. Nick is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Secretary of the Council of Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Nick is a member of the advisory board of China Matters and a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs between 2013 and 2018, the country's oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC.

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