Teacher, academic and curriculum expert Professor Bill Louden has been appointed as the next Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Western Australia, the second most senior executive position at the University.
Professor Louden is chair of the Curriculum Council of Western Australia and Dean of Education at UWA.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the appointment would build upon the University's tradition of excellence in both teaching and research.
"Professor Louden is a respected educator and academic whose expertise is sought by governments and fellow educators across Australia," Professor Robson said. "His contribution to the standards of teaching across the nation has been extremely valuable. I look forward to working with Professor Louden towards this University's objective of achieving international excellence."
Professor Louden holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and Arts and Education degrees from The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. Prior to joining UWA he served in Pro Vice-Chancellor and executive dean roles at Edith Cowan University.
Professor Louden's research interests include literacy, standards and educational change. His most recent research projects have focussed on identifying the classroom teaching practices that make the greatest contribution to students' intellectual growth.
During 2005, Professor Louden was a member of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy. In 2006 he chaired the Western Australian Government's Literacy and Numeracy Review Taskforce. In 2007 he was appointed Chair of the Curriculum Council, Western Australian‘s statutory authority responsible for school curriculum and assessment. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.
He will take up the appointment following the retirement of the current Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Seares at the end of this year.
Professor Alan Robson (+61 8) 6488 2809
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716