Professor and Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures

Brisbane, Australia
05 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time


The School of Languages and Cultures has grown rapidly in recent years and now has over 1000 equivalent full-time students (over 8,000 course enrolments). It is one of the largest schools of language instruction in Australia with 46 fixed-term and continuing academic staff

The School of Languages and Cultures teaches Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish, as well as Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, to students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, and the University-wide concurrent Diploma in Languages, the Diploma of Arts, and dual degree programs.

At postgraduate level, the School offers two NAATI-accredited Masters programs in Translation and Interpreting (one in Japanese and one in Chinese) and growing programs in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Staff research and supervise PhD students in these fields and also in Australian Aboriginal languages.

About This Opportunity

The Head of School is a key operational and strategic academic leadership role responsible for enacting the School, Faculty and UQ vision, cultivating collaborative and productive relationships and delivering outstanding results across the core activities of the School.

The Head of School generates and enacts the School’s vision and strategy; inspires and leads academic and professional staff; and effectively manages the School’s resources, governance frameworks and administrative processes.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants will hold a PhD in a discipline relevant to Languages and Cultures. It is essential that you hold an outstanding record of strategic academic leadership that fosters an inclusive and collegial School culture. In addition, the successful candidate will facilitate innovative pedagogy and exceptional student experiences; as well as delivering and sustaining a strong school and personal track record of research excellence and high-impact research outcomes.

For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the Position Description available for download here:

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

A full-time continuing appointment will be offered to the successful applicant along with a five-year fixed term appointment as Head of School, with a possible continuation by mutual agreement of the headship appointment for a further term. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


For a confidential discussion please contact Professor Heather Zwicker, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on

If you have any questions about the position or application process, please contact Aleisha O’Neill, Recruitment Advisor on

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to use the Apply button.

All applications should include a full curriculum vitae and a vision statement relating to the experience and achievements of the applicant relating to the purposes and expectations of the role, as stated in the

Position Description.

Applicants invited for interview will be expected to present a vision for driving the strategic direction of the School towards successful outcomes in the next five years in conjunction with the selection interview process.

Applications close: 1 February 2021

Job No: 511688