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Our deans bring expertise from both within and outside academia to their roles. They shape their faculty’s agenda and ensure the highest standards in teaching and research are maintained.

Leadership within our faculities


Professor Alex McBratney

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Professor Alex McBratney BSc PhD DSc Aberdeen DScAgr Sydney

Biography: Professor McBratney is the Deputy Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences and leads one of the strongest university-based research groups on soil assessment internationally. He is passionate about the sustainable use and management of the soil system. His research expertise surrounds the creation of sustainable ecosystems which can securely provide food, water and energy for humanity.

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Professor John Redmond

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

Professor John Redmond BA CSAD MA(RCA) RCA DipID(Eng) CSAD, FRSA AADM FDIA

Biography: Professor Redmond’s work has mainly been industry-based research and practice, focusing on industrial design but also covering communications design and the design of environments.

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Professor Barbara Caine

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Acting)

Professor Barbara Caine AM, BA Sydney MPhil Sus PhD Monash, FAHA FRHS FASSA

Biography: Professor Caine completed her first degree here, later took up a lectureship in history, and became Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. Previously, she was a Professor of History and ARC Professorial Fellow at Monash University, and the first Director of the Women’s Studies Centre.

She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU, the Centre for European Studies at the University of Michigan, and Goldsmith’s College in London.

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Professor Gregory Whitwell

The University of Sydney Business School

Professor Gregory Whitwell BEc (Hons) Monash PhD Melbourne

Biography: Professor Whitwell’s past appointments include Professor of Marketing and Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, and Deputy Dean and Director (Graduate School of Business and Economics) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

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Sydney College of the Arts

Professor Margaret Harris (Acting) MA Hons Sydney PhD Lond, FAHA

Biography: Margaret Harris is Challis Professor of English Literature Emerita and a former Fellow of the University Senate. She was Acting Dean of Sydney College of the Arts from 2000 to 2002, and has wide experience across humanities, creative arts and social science disciplines. Her most recent role has been as an advisor on research development in the University’s Research Portfolio.

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Professor Anna Reid

Biography: An alumna of the University of Sydney, Professor Anna Reid has been a tertiary educator her entire career. She has established an international reputation based on her research activity and her collegial approach to learning and teaching development. She is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.

Professor Reid’s academic profile.

Professor Chris Peck

Faculty of Dentistry

Professor Chris Peck MScDent Sydney PhD BrCol GradDipScMed (Pain) Sydney, GAIC

Biography: A Sydney alumnus, Professor Peck completed his dental training, a Masters in Occlusion and a Graduate Diploma in Pain Management before completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on structure-function relationships of the human masticatory system. He is President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain.

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Professor Archie Johnston

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Professor Archie Johnston PhD H-W, FTSE FIEAust EngExec FICE FAICD

Biography: From 2004 to 2009 Professor Johnston was cited as one of Australia's 100 most influential engineers. In 2007, he was honoured as the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year; and named Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable. As well as being Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Engineers Australia, and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Professor Diane Mayer

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Professor Diane Mayer DipEd(Primary) CAE (Mt Gravatt) BEd DDIAE MEd UNSW PhD USQ

Biography: Professor Mayer has written extensively on the role of teacher education. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) and International Study Association on Teacher Thinking (ISATT). She is the editor of Teaching Education.

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Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Kathryn Refshauge MBiomedE PhD UNSW DipPhty GradDipManipTher Cumb

Biography: Professor Refshauge is an internationally recognised leader in research in musculoskeletal injury, in particular sports injuries, back pain and neck pain. She is a board member of Sports Medicine Australia, and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association and the NSW Population and Health Services Research Committee.

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Professor Joellen Riley

Faculty of Law (Sydney Law School)

Professor Joellen Riley BA MA LLB PhD Sydney BCL Oxf DipMgt MGSM

Biography: Professor Joellen Riley holds degrees in law from the universities of Sydney and Oxford. She has been teaching and researching in the field of employment and labour law since 1998. She is a Fellow of the Commercial Law Association and since 2008 she has been a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.

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Professor Arthur Conigrave

Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

Professor Arther Conigrave BSc (Med), MBBS, MSc, PhD, MD, FRACP

Biography: Professor Conigrave is an endocrinologist specialising in the clinical management of patients with metabolic bone disease (including osteoporosis and disorders of calcium metabolism), and an internationally recognised researcher in molecular endocrinology. He is past Chair of the NHMRC Grant Review Panel in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a two-time winner of the Lilly Endocrinology Research Awards.

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Professor Donna Waters

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School)

Professor Donna Waters RN PhD MPH Sydney BA Macquarie Paed Cert, FCN

Biography: Professor Waters is a registered general and obstetric nurse with 25 years’ experience in the management of nursing, medical and health services research. She has a special interest in evidence-based practice – particularly innovations and strategies that aid the transfer and implementation of research evidence into clinical practice.

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Professor Iqbal Ramzan

Faculty of Pharmacy

Professor Iqbal Ramzan MSc PhD Sydney DipPharm CIT(NZ)

Biography: Professor Ramzan is a registered pharmacist and a Fellow of Senate. His areas of academic expertise include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs; herbal medicines, drug assays, drug metabolism, pharmaceutics, and anaesthesia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Pharmacy Schools (Aus/NZ), the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM) Pharmaceutical Subcommittee and a Board Member of the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy.

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Professor Trevor Hambley

Faculty of Science

Professor Trevor Hambley BSc UWA PhD Adelaide, FRACI CChem

Biography: Professor Hambley is the elected president of the Council of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, the peak international body in this area. He is spearheading new methods for monitoring and modifying the distribution of anticancer drugs in solid tumours and new methods for identifying and targeting tumours.

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Professor Rosanne Taylor

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Professor Rosanne Taylor BVSc DipVetClinStud PhD GradCertHighE Sydney

Biography: Professor Taylor is interested in inherited neurological disease in animals and exploring new strategies for therapy. She is a consultant to OBTL project, City University, Hong Kong, a Graduate Certificate Mentor and a VSAAC accreditation team member. Additional new research directions include lactation biology (BMC Genomics) and veterinary higher education.

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