Job Opportunity: Dean of Research (UniSA Creative)

Dean of Research (UniSA Creative)

  • Lead research innovation in the creative disciplines at Australia’s University of Enterprise
  • Thrive in an agile and enterprising environment that values creativity, equity and excellence
  • Executive position, based in Adelaide, South Australia

Australia’s University of Enterprise
At the University of South Australia, we educate global professionals ready to create and inspire change, and we deliver research that is informed by end users, as well as inspired by global challenges and opportunities, to deliver economic and social prosperity.

You’ll enjoy a dynamic and agile culture, with a “can do” attitude, which thrives on breaking new ground.

We look for those with the right knowledge, with creativity and a can-do attitude, who know how to communicate and collaborate. We value people who are inspired by new challenges, who ask questions and propose solutions, who are authentic, engaged and committed to our goals as a university.

The University is embarking on an ambitious plan, Enterprise 25, to place People, Programs and Precincts at the heart of the University’s operations. This will position UniSA as the go-to university for people who want successful global careers, as well as for industry and the professions that want to collaborate with our researchers to drive and create their own futures.

As part of this transformation, we are creating seven new Academic Units to support our Enterprise25 strategy and enable a greater focus on the quality of our teaching, research and student experience.

About UniSA Creative

UniSA Creative is a new Academic Unit that explores and celebrates the creative disciplines and their many applications across a wide-range of industries through quality teaching, learning and research excellence.


UniSA Creative offers degrees in the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, design, contemporary art, communications, journalism, the arts, media, film and TV, and creative and cultural studies.  Research in UniSA Creative explores the creative, cultural and technological complexities of our world and their increasing significance for quality of life, the economy, the environment, and policy development.


UniSA Creative’s research activity is focused in the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE), the Creative People, Products and Places (CP3) research concentration, UniSA’s Architecture Museum, and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) at UniSA.


About the Job

As an enterprising and dynamic institution, UniSA is recognised by governments, business, employers and the community for its commitment to research and enterprise, with World-class research in visual arts (results in Visual Arts and Crafts)1; design2; and urban and regional planning3 .


The Dean of Research will lead the development and delivery of the strategy for high-quality research within UniSA Creative;  deliver research plans, activities and reporting of the research centres, concentrations and groups within the Unit and ensure continuous improvement in the quality, relevance, impact and growth of local, national and international research collaborations.


We are seeking an exceptional individual to provide high-level strategic leadership and to foster research innovation in a unique and modern university setting. An individual with a distinguished research profile in a discipline area that complements the research strengths and direction of UniSA Creative, will find the role an opportunity to shape the future direction of the research agenda and position UniSA Creative for the decades ahead.


The successful candidate will be a strategic and visionary leader with an outstanding record of achievement in strengthening research outcomes within an increasingly competitive international higher education environment.


Lodging your Application

We offer a competitive remuneration package that includes generous superannuation contributions, relocation support and a range of other benefits including a family friendly approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance and enviable lifestyle working and living in Adelaide.


For further information please visit the Executive Team Recruitment Website.


For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA website.  Please address your cover letter for the role to Michelle De Pasquale, Manager: Talent Attraction and Recruitment.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, you can contact the UniSA Recruitment Central Team on +618 8302 1700 or via email to


Applications close: 11.30pm, Sunday, 22 March 2020


Please see the attached PDF for further details.


1) 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 2) Results in Design Practice and Management – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 3) 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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