Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Director, LTC elected CADAD President

Published: Wednesday 30th March 2016

ACU’s Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Director, Learning and Teaching Centre, has been elected as President of the Council of Australian Deans of Academic Development.

Professor Ashford-Rowe, who has served as Vice-President since 2014, has been elected to this key sector leadership role on the resignation of the existing President, Professor Ian Solomonides who takes up is appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor Learning Innovation and Quality at Victoria University in March.

The Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) is the peak professional body of Directors who have responsibility for academic development within their university. CADAD’s vision is that of being a key provider of services and support for Directors of Academic Development so they can be strategic and effective leaders of academic practice within their institutions and the university education sector as a whole.

It is also a nationally recognised advocate which seeks to influence and direct significant discussions (national and local) around academic practice in university education through the provision of evidentiary-based advice and recommendations.

It also seeks to enhance the capacity of its individual members to be key strategic advisers in academic development and has as its mission the promotion and advancement of research, policy and practice as it relates to the leadership, management and development of higher education learning and teaching.

To deliver on this mission, CADAD undertakes an advocacy role for evidence-based processes and initiatives to advance learning and teaching in higher education; provides leadership for the investigation, development and evaluation of international, national and institutional approaches to advancing learning and teaching in higher education; encourages and fosters communication and collaboration with other key sector bodies on the advancement of learning and teaching in higher education; fosters collaboration amongst those central organisational units within higher education institutions which carry formal responsibility for academic development, to disseminate and share knowledge and expertise in relation to their practices for advancing learning and teaching in higher education, and to establish and monitor benchmarks for performance; and, creates and supports professional development, career development, and networking opportunities for Australia's community of academic developers .

Professor Ashford-Rowe has been elected for a two year term with Professor Angela Hill, James Cook University elected as the new Vice-President.