New Education Executive Dean

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith joins ACU as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith to the position of Executive Dean, Faculty of Education.

Professor Wyatt-Smith comes to ACU with a distinguished scholarly background and publication track record in education, most recently at Griffith University where she was Group Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts, Education and Law, with responsibilities across a wide range of schools.  Other positions she has held include Dean of the Faculty of Education and Research Director of the Centre for Applied Language, Literacy and Communication Studies.  Before that she was at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, following her appointment as head of the English department at All Hallows’ School in Brisbane.

Widely recognised for her expertise in education – particularly in regard to literacy and assessment –Professor Wyatt-Smith has led several program initiatives at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, working with a range of industry partners, locally and internationally.  She has attracted substantial national competitive grant funding and government-funded research consultancies.  Through research studies and partnerships she has generated new conceptual and applied knowledge that has influenced literacy education assessment and related curriculum policy directions including provision for students with learning difficulties.  In 2012, she was a member of an ERA panel.

Her current work is examining professional judgement, moderation and the use of standards in teaching and in clinical practice.   For many years she has worked as a policy advisor for government at state and national levels and is currently working to provide advice to universities and governments internationally to inform their teaching and assessment initiatives.   She is a sitting member of the Queensland Studies Authority Board and has published numerous books and refereed papers.

Professor Wyatt-Smith said she was looking forward to taking up her position at ACU.

“The education portfolio carries with it opportunities for realising a social dividend and for changing lives.  I believe education is intrinsically dynamic and transformative.  It is through high quality teaching programs at preservice and postgraduate levels and collaborative interdisciplinary research that we shape positive futures and can realise achievements for all.”   

ACU Provost Pauline Nugent also welcomed Professor Wyatt-Smith to the University.

“Professor Wyatt-Smith joins ACU with an outstanding record as a scholar and leader in education, and she joins ACU at a pivotal time for our reputation in this field,” Professor Nugent said.

“In 2013, the University will look to strengthen its role as a leading provider of teacher education. I am confident that with Professor Wyatt-Smith’s specialist expertise, the Faculty of Education will be well placed to nurture the next generation of educators,” Professor Nugent concluded.

Professor Wyatt-Smith takes up her position on 24 June 2013 and will be based in Brisbane.   She replaces Professor Marie Emmitt who is leaving  after nine years at ACU.