Australian Catholic University (ACU) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) since July 2009
Chair of the University Learning and Teaching Committee, and Library Committee
ACU Dean of Students 2008 to July 2009
Professor Cummins has national responsibility for the University’s Learning and Teaching Centre, Office of Student Success, Student Administration, Libraries and Equity Pathways. Her portfolio also includes oversight of a number of University committees and related policy development and implementation.
“My role involves leadership in support of students in engagement with all aspects of University life, facilitating students in attainment of the Graduate Attributes and progressing to employment in their chosen professions,” says Professor Cummins. “This is achieved through enacting the University Mission with an emphasis on the promotion of quality learning and teaching and quality relationships and services for students throughout their undergraduate or post graduate programs.”
Professor Cummins has extensive experience in education as an executive and a consultant. For a decade before joining ACU she ran a successful professional services firm with clients in government, all education sectors, human services and the not-for-profit sector. Professor Cummins’ consultancy services included educational renewal and development at school and system levels, executive development and review, program review, demographic and business analysis for major school system development projects, stakeholder management and governance and government relations. Her background as educator has included leadership as a Secondary College Principal and senior executive experience in Catholic Education.
Professor Cummins has a longstanding commitment to equity and access in education and child and young peoples’ services. She has extensive experience on advisory and company boards and has consulted widely in the education and human services sectors. She is a member of the St Ignatius Riverview Council and the Sydney College of Divinity Council. From 1992 to 2006 she was a member of the ACU Senate.
Professor Cummins holds a Bachelor of Education from Canberra College of Advanced Education, Master of Arts from Macquarie University, Graduate Diploma of Education (Religious Studies) from the Catholic College of Education Sydney and Master of Educational Leadership from ACU. Her current research interests include equity programs in higher education and leadership strategy in educational environments.