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Our academic leaders

Faculties and University schools

Our deans bring expertise from both within and outside academia to their roles. They ensure the highest standards in teaching and research are maintained and lead their academic community’s external engagement.

Professor Barbara Caine

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean: Professor Annamarie Jagose, PhD (Wellington), FAHA

Biography: Professor Jagose is known internationally as a scholar in feminist and queer studies whose work has contributed to post-Foucauldian understandings of sexual acts and identities. Her recent publications challenge the axiomatic centrality of antinormativity in queer analysis and politics. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has held named fellowships at Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University and the University of Manchester. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

Read Professor Jagose’s academic profile.

Professor Kim Rassmussen

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Dean: Professor Kim Rasmussen (Acting) MSci (Eng) Denmark, PhD Sydney

Professor Rasmussen is Challis Professor of Civil Engineering and served as the Head of School Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney for 11 years. He has previously held the roles of Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Research (Management and Education). He is Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering, and has published more than 150 journal papers, 180 conference papers and 190 research and investigation reports.

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Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dean: 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 Alan Pettigrew

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Acting Executive Dean: Professor Alan Pettigrew BSc (Hons) Sydney, PhD Sydney, FAICD

Biography: Professor Pettigrew has held senior academic and executive appointments at the University of Sydney, University of Queensland, and University of New South Wales. He was Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England from 2006 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Professor Pettigrew was the inaugural CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

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Professor Trevor Hambley

Faculty of Science

Dean: 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 Gregory Whitwell

The University of Sydney Business School

Dean: 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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Professor John Redmond

The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Head of School and Dean: 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 Joellen Riley

The University of Sydney Law School

Head of School and Dean: 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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Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Head of School and Dean: Professor Anna Reid BMus (Perf) Sydney MA EdAdmin UNE PhD UTS

Biography: An alumna of the University of Sydney, Professor Anna Reid has been a tertiary educator her entire career. She undertakes research in musician identity, creativity theory and practice, cultural heritage and sustainability, and higher education. She is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.

Professor Reid’s academic profile.