Education Division Deputy Vice Chancellor Education

Deputy Vice Chancellor Education

Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Education oversees the entire student lifecycle, from outreach and aspiration to transition to successful participation in higher education studies, through to graduation. The DVC Education strives to create a student experience and environment that is equitable and accessible, empowered by place and engaged with our communities, and focused on domestic and international student journey and success.

Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson, formerly DVC Students, was appointed to the role of DVC Education in June 2022. Her responsibilities include the portfolios of the Centre for Education and Enhancement, the Student Services Directorate, the Library Services Directorate, Quality Assurance and Evaluation, and the Education Division. Professor Dinan-Thompson has key responsibilities in academic governance, student experience, student services and support, equity strategies, and, learning and teaching including digital transformation, continuous improvement and academic development.

The DVC Education endeavours to enable an outstanding academic, social and cultural learning environments that promote inclusion, a sense of belonging, and also equips students to make significant contributions to local, national and global communities.  In the role, Maree has instigated increased student voice and recognition at JCU in governance and working groups. She is co-lead of JCU’s Mental Health and Wellness strategy acknowledging support for student and staff mental health and wellness as part of core business.

Maree’s research and expertise lie in curriculum development and implementation, assessment design and literacy, teacher agency and curriculum change. Maree has also engaged in Indigenous games research, and pedagogical approaches in Catholic Education. She completed her doctoral studies in health and physical education at University of Queensland, has served on State and National curriculum authorities and is an active member in various professional associations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and serves on Boards at State and community levels.

Maree’s recent work has focused on valuing educators including all staff who are engaged in student success.  She led the creation of a Taxonomy for Credentialing Australasian University Educators (TCAUE)  which recognises and values the varied roles that educators have in student learning, and makes transparent the pathways for personal and professional development. As an Australasian credentialing framework, it is underpinned by regulatory requirements, is aligned to qualification and micro-credentialing frameworks, and permits university contextualisation and portability. From 2021-23 she chaired the IRUA DVC Education/Academic/Student group, which creates a network of leaders in student learning and success, policy and legislation.

Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson


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Students, Transition, Achievement, Retention, Success (STARS) Conference presentation