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Business School's world class reputation boosted with appointment of Deputy Deans

10 Jun 2014

The Business School's new Dean, Professor Gregory Whitwell, has announced the appointment of two Deputy Deans who will work closely with him and other members of the Business School leadership group to provide "high level strategic direction and executive leadership" across the full range of activities.

The Business School's Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework), Professor John Shields, has been appointed Deputy Dean (Education), while Associate Dean (Research), Professor Elizabeth Cowley, is to take up the new role of Deputy Dean (Academic).

"I am absolutely confident that Professors Shields and Cowley will excel in their new roles," said Professor Whitwell. "I am honoured that they will be a part of my senior leadership team."

As Deputy Dean (Academic), Professor Cowley will focus on academic staff, research and the Business School's external partnerships here and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

In his new role of Deputy Dean (Education), Professor Shields will be responsible for the development and delivery of high quality coursework, as well as admission standards, accreditations, rankings and external partnerships.

"I am confident that these two highly talented and experienced professionals will greatly enhance the Business School's ability to pursue its strategic goals and to deliver on the University's policies and priorities," Professor Whitwell said.

Professor Cowley has an MBA in Marketing and Management Information Systems from McGill University in Montreal, and a PhD in Marketing from the University of Toronto. An internationally-renowned scholar of consumer memory and decision making, she joined the Business School's Discipline of Marketing in 2004.

Professor Cowley was appointed Associate Dean (Research) in 2012 and has since overseen the establishment of the Business School's unique multidisciplinary research networks.

Professor Shields holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sydney. In 2000, he returned to the university to take up a senior lecturership in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.

In addition to his position as Associate Dean (Postgraduate), to which he was first appointed in 2009, he is Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies.

Professor Whitwell recently joined the Business School from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales where he was most recently Senior Deputy Dean.

"I look forward to working with the staff, including Professors Cowley and Shields, to ensure that we continue to build on the Business School's reputation for cutting edge business education, research and the creation of leaders with the skills to effectively engage with industry and the community at every level," Professor Whitwell concluded.