Head, School of Political Science and International Studies

Brisbane, Australia
10 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time


UQ ranks in the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent ranking, including the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), the US News Best Global Universities Rankings (52), QS World University Rankings (47), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65). UQ again topped the nation in the prestigious Nature Index and our Life Sciences subject field ranking in the Academic Ranking of World Universities was the highest in Australia at 20.

The Role

The Head will provide a vision and implement policies that will foster excellence in research, teaching and engagement in the School of Political Science and International Studies. 

The Head will provide academic leadership in core areas such as: improving research quality and impact; increasing external funding through grant success and philanthropy; enhancing the postgraduate research culture and experience; strengthening relationships with relevant community stakeholders, professions and institutions; and developing the undergraduate and postgraduate coursework teaching programs in line with the innovations and expectations outlined in UQ’s Student Strategy.

The Head will work in partnership with the Executive Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, within a devolved University structure that nevertheless fosters a ‘One UQ’ culture. The Head will be a team player, building a cohesive and engaged School, while also acting in the best interests of the Faculty and University.

The Person

The successful appointee will have demonstrated excellent leadership and management skills that will enable the School to further develop and realise a vision that builds upon an excellent teaching and research culture. The person is expected to have and to maintain an international reputation for excellence in research, and have demonstrated excellence and commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision. 


For a confidential discussion, contact Professor Julie Duck on +61 7 3365 1822. To obtain an information pack, please email by 9 August 2018.

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

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