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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 Willy Zwaenepoel

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Dean: Professor Willy Zwaenepoel BS Ghent MS PhD Stanford

Biography: Professor Zwaenepoel is an established leader in experimental computer science research. He was previously Head of School at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for nine years. Before this he spent almost two decades on the faculty at Rice University, USA. Professor Zwaenepoel has been elected as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Professor Zwaenepoel has worked in a variety of aspects of operating and distributed systems and is best known for his work on the TreadMarks distributed shared memory system, which was licensed to Intel and became the basis for Intel’s OpenMP cluster product. 

 

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.

Read Professor Refshauge's academic profile.

Professor Alan Pettigrew

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Executive Dean: Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHMS, MBBS (Hons) UNSW, PhD UNSW

Biography: Professor Ward is an academic leader, cancer researcher and medical oncologist. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), chairs the Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), and serves on the Council and Executive of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Ward joins us from the University of Queensland, where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Executive Dean (Acting) of the Faculty of Medicine. In 2013 she was made Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medical research and patient care in the field of oncology.

Professor Iain Young

Faculty of Science

Dean: Professor Iain Young BSc PhD Aberdeen

Biography: Professor Young is a biophysicist working at the interface of physics and biology, using soil as a model system to examine functionality in complex porous media over space and time. Before his appointment as Dean of Science, Professor Young was the inaugural Head of the University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Before joining the University of Sydney, Professor Young spent six years as a head of school at the University of New England, following extensive experience leading major research groups in his native country of Scotland.

Read Professor Young's academic profile.

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.

Read Professor Whitwell's academic profile.

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.

Read Professor Redmond's academic profile.

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.

Read Professor Riley's academic profile.

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.