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Head of School - Psychology

Curtin University - School of Psychology

  • Thriving research culture
  • Competitive remuneration package with 17% Superannuation
  • Inspire excellence and continuous improvement
Job Reference: 366898
5 year fixed-term Head of School appointment, renewable.
Attractive Salary package, including relocation package with 17% superannuation
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
About us
The School of Psychology has a thriving research culture. Our academic staff and large cohort of PhD students are involved in world-class work in affective, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience; mental health; physical activity and well-being; and cancer prevention.
The School has excellence and innovation in teaching and research, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in psychology. Our psychology courses were first taught in 1964, and the school was founded in 2001. Today, with approximately 70 full-time academic staff, we are committed to providing a rewarding and relevant learning experience for our students.
Psychology at Curtin received a 5 Star rating for teaching quality, learning resources, student support and skills development in the 2019 Good Universities Guide, and retained its 5 Star rating for learner engagement. Curtin's Psychology course also ranks in the top 200 by subject worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.
The school is committed to providing a rewarding and relevant learning and teaching experience, running both an adult psychology clinic and a child psychology clinic on campus where you can practice the skills you have learned. You can also gain experience in the student-led clinics in nearby Cockburn that offer provisional counselling psychology services.
Your new role
The Head of School role is an outstanding opportunity for an inspirational leader to inspire excellence and continuous improvement in research and innovation, learning and teaching, engagement and impact within the school.  A commitment to leadership, collaboration and staff development is considered essential for a role of this magnitude.
You will bring to the role
Demonstrated passion and vision to engage academic and non-academic colleagues, students and industry partners in a long-term strategy focussed on outcomes and excellence aligned with the Faculty and the school.
Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences you will provide strong strategic and operational leadership and management to oversee the delivery of innovative teaching and world-class research that fosters collaboration both within the school and across the University. You will have clear strategies to grow Curtin’s domestic and international standing while fostering deep relationships with relevant government, business, professional bodies and the wider community. You will lead by example, having an outstanding personal research track record and international profile.
You will exemplify and promote Curtin’s values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Excellence and Impact, and you will encourage and promote these values in others to foster a collegial and inclusive culture.
What we offer you
  • Thriving research culture.
  • Competitive remuneration package with 17% Superannuation
  • Continuous learning and development support.
For further information on Curtin’s employee benefits visit
Next steps
You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria which can be found in the position description below, and provide a full academic CV.
For further information including the Candidate Brochure with the position description, a copy of the Strategic Plan and Guide to Perth, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view the documents: 
Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date. The final stages of our process involves a face-to-face interview to take place in Perth; this may be impacted by Australian Government and/or Curtin’s travel restrictions due to Covid-19, and may require extending the timeline. We are, however, committed to conducting an international search and will be fully understanding and supportive when it comes to the particular challenges facing international candidates. Curtin University is looking for an inspirational leader to inspire excellence and continuous improvement in research and innovation, learning and teaching, engagement and impact within the school.  
Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

Contact details
To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:
Lisa Kirkpatrick | Talent Acquisition Consultant | +61 9266 7292 | 
or Vandana Brown | Strategic Sourcing Specialist | +61 9266 9244 | 
Applications close: 9:00PM Wednesday 3 June, 2020 (AWST)
Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.
Location: Perth - Australia
Salary: Competitive remuneration package with 17% Superannuation
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th April 2020
Closes: 3rd June 2020
Job Ref: 366898
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