Professor of Education

Boroondara, Australia
01 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community
  • Academic Level E, $178,698 plus 17% super
  • Full-time, ongoing, Hawthorn campus

About Swinburne

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. Swinburne currently has over 54,000 students.

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

The Department of Education at Swinburne University of Technology was recently established as a separate entity within the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Underpinning all research, teaching and knowledge exchange activity in the Department of Education is a commitment to social justice and the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and groups in the communities we serve. This not only shapes the ethos in the Department but also engagement with stakeholders such as students and professional partners. 

The Department of Education is seeking a Professor of Education with specialist knowledge in the areas of Technology Education, and/or Science Education and/or Mathematics Education across the school and/or early childhood education sectors. The appointee will provide strong leadership in research, teaching and other appropriate professional activities related to Education. She/he will be expected to lead a significant research program and demonstrate research excellence and externally-engaged, collaborative research capability and achievements. As such, the appointee is expected to provide leadership and foster excellence in research, research training, professional activities and partnerships, and policy development in their academic discipline within their department, the University and the wider community. 

The appointee will generate high-quality research output and attract significant external research funding. It is also expected that the appointee will make a strong contribution to the mentoring of early career researchers and in attracting and supervising relevant higher degree candidates. It is expected through these activities he/she will deliver substantial research outcomes and impact through collaboration with industry, business, government and other external organisations, and support the University to achieve key objectives and targets in its 2025 Research and Innovation Strategy.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A doctoral qualification in a relevant field.
  • A teaching qualification.
  • An internationally recognised track record of research in a relevant field as evidenced by an extensive range of publications in top-tier journals and by measurable high impact outcomes.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


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Further information, contacts and support

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Ninetta Santoro, Chair – Department of Education on +61 3 9214 5042 or 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 6 July 2018.

For further details on How to Apply, including Hints & Tips, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.