Director of Course Innovation Incubator and Professor of Digital Innovation

Sydney, Australia
20 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

ACU is seeking an exceptional academic leader for the establishment and implementation of the Course Innovation Incubator at ACU.

  • Collaborate with industry and business partners
  • Bring real innovation and expertise to develop new program offerings
  • Full time, based in North Sydney

About the University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome.ACU’s Mission is central to the University, and informs every area – integrating the dignity of the human person, the common good, and ethical and social justice considerations into our core activities of student learning and teaching, research and service.

About the Position and Incubator

The office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and Innovation (DVC EI) is responsible for educational strategy and programs in the University that centre on students, learning and teaching as well as the Vice-Chancellor’s areas of innovation focus. Reporting directly to the DVC EI, the Director of the Course Innovation Incubator will lead a key part of the ACU Innovation Strategy to provide the strategic platform to develop and implement new program offerings, linked to research and industry, across and outside of ACU’s existing course portfolio.

The Incubator will lead and support ACU to expand into new areas of expertise with a strong emphasis on digital, information and communication technologies to drive innovation and growth. The Incubator will generate and recalibrate new opportunities through knowledge cross-over with Health, Education, Business, Social Sciences and Humanities, and shape the understanding and application of digital disruptions on business practices and models through collaboration and co-creation with industry and business partners.

The Director position presents a unique opportunity to play a key role in ACU’s Innovation Strategy, focusing both on strengthening existing capabilities and connecting them with new and emerging areas that align with ACU’s mission and strong community orientation. To be successful in this role, you will leverage substantial expertise in digital innovation and the use of technologies to revolutionise established practices (across community, business, research, and education), as well as demonstrate experience developing and managing educational initiatives around curriculum renewal and pedagogies for high-quality learning and student engagement. The new Director will be bold, innovative and enterprising, being prepared to drive cultural transformation in teaching and learning at an institutional level while staying true to the University’s values and mission.

How to Apply:

If you are ready for an exciting new challenge with a leading University that can offer ongoing career development and opportunities, we welcome your application.

ACU has partnered with Perrett Laver for the recruitment of this position. To apply, simply submit your CV along with your selection criteria and a cover letter (maximum two pages) addressing your suitability to this position. Please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 4766.

To review a position description or for a confidential discussion, please contact Sophia Ha at Perrett Laver on 02 8354 4000 or

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to the specific mission and Catholic ethos of the institution.

Closing date: Sunday, 23 August 2020 at 11.55pm AEST