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A key commitment in the University’s strategic plan - Enterprise25 - is to introduce a program-focused organisational structure. We have an ambition to orient ourselves around our academic programs and ensure our resources are focused on the quality of our teaching, research and the student experience.

On Monday 6 April, the University transitioned to a single structural layer of seven Academic Units. The Academic Units are:  

Our new academic structure has been co-created following extensive consultation with staff, students and the wider University community and will provide the necessary foundation for the University to deliver on our key Enterprise25 strategic initiatives. This includes; delivering degrees of the future , fostering innovation and flexibility, investing in more student-facing staff, introducing new service delivery models, building our connections with industry, attracting great academic talent and aiding the transition to a consolidated campus footprint. 

The University will move into a transition period until the end of June to allow us the time to fully settle into the new academic structure. This will include activities such as finalising recruitment processes and making the necessary updates to systems and processes. 

Meet the new Executive team

A key component of the academic organisational transformation process is the introduction of a consistent and effective leadership and administrative structure across all seven Academic Units. Each Academic Unit comprises of a new suite of leadership positions; an Executive Dean, General Manager, Dean of Research and one or two Dean of Programs positions.  

Executive Deans

The Executive Dean leads the Academic Unit in the high-quality delivery of academic programs and research to realise the University of South Australia's strategic intent as Australia's University of Enterprise. 

Professor Roger Eston
Executive Dean, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance
Professor Andrew Beer
Executive Dean, UniSA Business
Professor Joanne Cys
Executive Dean, UniSA Creative
Professor Shane Dawson
Executive Dean, UniSA Education Futures
Professor Paula Geldens
Executive Dean, UniSA Justice & Society
Professor Julie Mills
Executive Dean, UniSA STEM
Professor Esther May
Interim: Executive Dean, UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

General Managers

General Managers are responsible for managing the operations of the Academic Units, including leading and mentoring professional staff, planning activities, and working in partnership with the central administrative units. 

Danielle Gericke
General Manager, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance
Katrina Quinn
General Manager, UniSA Business
Jeremy Sloan
Interim: General Manager, UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences
Sam Baker
General Manager, UniSA Creative
Caroline Batty
General Manager, UniSA Education Futures
Karla Gotting
General Manager, UniSA STEM
Kirsten James
Interim: General Manager, UniSA Justice & Society

Deans of Research

The Deans of Research work in collaboration with Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Enterprise, to implement the University’s research strategy and work towards research performance targets across their respective Academic Units. This includes overseeing the activities of research centres, concentrations and groups within their Academic Unit as well as the Academic Unit’s HDR programs. 

Professor Alan Boddy
Dean of Research, UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences
Professor Susan Hillier
Dean of Research, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance
Professor Enzo Lombi
Dean of Research, UniSA STEM
Professor Nancy Arthur
Dean of Research, UniSA Business
Professor Susan Luckman
Interim: Dean of Research, UniSA Creative
Dean of Research, UniSA Education Futures
Professor Jill Dorrian
Interim: Dean of Research, UniSA Justice & Society

Deans of Programs

The Deans of Programs provide senior leadership for a broad and diverse portfolio of academic programs, with accountability for the quality, performance and reputation of these programs. A priority for each Dean of Programs is to ensure UniSA’s programs are highly regarded by students, industry and national/international ranking agencies. 

Associate Professor Shylie Mackintosh
Dean of Programs, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance
Associate Professor Craig Williams
Dean of Programs, UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences (with responsibility for the Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences program portfolio)
Associate Professor Rachael Vernon
Dean of Programs, UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences (with responsibility for the Nursing and Midwifery program portfolio)
Professor Abelardo Pardo
Dean of Programs (Engineering), UniSA STEM
Associate Professor Veronika Kelly
Dean of Programs, UniSA Creative
Associate Professor Victoria Whitington
Dean of Programs, UniSA Education Futures
Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson
Dean of Programs, UniSA Justice & Society
Professor Lin Crase
Dean of Programs, UniSA Business (with responsibility for the Accounting and Finance program portfolio) 
Associate Professor You-il Lee
Dean of Programs, UniSA Business (with responsibility for the Management and Marketing program portfolio)
Associate Professor Sharron King
Dean of Programs, UniSA Education Futures (UniSA College’s program portfolio)
Professor Jon Buckley
Interim: Dean of Programs (Human Performance), UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance
Associate Professor Amie Albrecht
Interim: Dean of Programs (Science, Technology & Mathematics), UniSA STEM

Academic Organisational Transformation Papers

Frequently asked questions

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