Professor & Department Chair Positions in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

at Swinburne University of Technology

About the Jobs

At Swinburne’s School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, we are pleased to invite applications for two senior leadership roles in the school. Currently, we are seeking two key Department Chair positions from 2020 – one to lead the Department of Film and Animation and one to lead the Department of Media and Communication. The two positions will provide opportunities to strengthen current links and to develop new collaborations between the departments and across the broader University.

The two Chairs will have key roles in leading and further developing two successful departments. Successful candidates will bring leadership experiences and research expertise that contributes to the Australian fields of research codes 1902 (Film, Television and Digital Media), and FoR 2001 (Communication and Media Studies) – both ranked Above World Standard in the recent 2018 Excellence in Research assessment. Swinburne University also performed well in Australian FoR 1904 (Performing Arts and Creative Writing).

We encourage applicants who share our passion for leadership and research. The appointees will work in a diverse school located at Hawthorn campus, encompassing four Departments (Media and Communication; Film and Animation; Social Sciences; and Education) and two research Centres (Centre for Transformative Media Technologies and Centre for Urban Transitions).

Both positions are three-year appointments with the possibility of renewal and are supported by an underpinning, ongoing, substantive Professorial position at Level E.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne is also among the world’s top 450 universities under the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and in the top 400 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, placing us in the top three per cent of universities worldwide. Swinburne was also ranked number 45 in the 2019 Top 50 Under 50 list, an index of the world's top universities under 50 years old. Within Australia, the Good Universities Guide awarded Swinburne a 5-Star Overall Experience Rating and a 5-Star Staff to Student Ratio rating.

Be the innovator in the face of technological and social change with Swinburne’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Leading-edge research centres, strong ties to industry and commitment to high-quality, high-impact research allows you to understand humanity deeply, bring the real world to focus and make your mark.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An earned PhD qualification in a relevant discipline area
  • International or national reputation as a leader in relevant field
  • Proven leadership capability and ability to lead cross-disciplinary teams
  • Experience leading and implementing research strategy recognised at international and national levels

_A full list of selection criteria is available within the position descriptions. _


  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Paid parental leave for primary caregivers and secondary caregivers
  • Onsite childcare
  • Private health insurance discounts

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

Further information

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

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How to apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the relevant position description. In your cover letter, please refer to the Department Chair vacancy or vacancies you are applying for.

Please note that if you have submitted an application for one or more of these positions via our other advertisements, you are not required to submit another application.

For further information about this position, contact Professor Mia Lindgren, Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities or +61 3 92146102. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Applications close at 5pm on 20 November 2019.

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