New Deans Announced | Swinburne


Distinguished Professor Jim Ogloff AM has been appointed as Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor James Verdon has been appointed as Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and education at Swinburne University of Technology.

Professor Ogloff and Professor Verdon assumed these functions during an extensive internal and external recruitment process.

Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Emeritus Professor Ogloff has over 35 years of clinical and academic experience and is Emeritus University Professor of Forensic Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences at Swinburne.

He is also Executive Director of Psychological Services and Research at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) and a Fellow of the Canadian, American and Australian Psychological Societies and the International Association for Applied Psychology. He has led and received distinguished contribution awards from leading bodies in his field in Australia and overseas.

In 2015 Professor Ogloff was made a Member of the Order of Australia, for his significant services to education and the law as a forensic psychologist, scholar, researcher and practitioner. He has published 18 books and over 350 articles and chapters and has extensive experience in advising governments and running journals.

Professor Ogloff brings to this position significant clinical, academic and administrative experience, demonstrating his ability to forge effective relationships across the health sector to improve and expand the teaching and research programs of school with a particular focus on health innovation and technology. He will be stepping down from Forensicare, but will continue to work with them in a more limited advisory role.

Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education

Professor Verdon has been with Swinburne since 1997. During this time he has been Coordinator of the Screen and Media VET Offerings Programme, Course Director of the Bachelor of Film and Television and most recently Chair of the Film Department , games and entertainment from Swinburne. from 2014 to 2019 and again from mid-2020 to early 2022.

Professor Verdon has extensive experience in dealing with industry, government and sector agencies, including serving as Chairman of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) from 2016 to 2019. He continues to serve on the ASPERA research committee.

He is also a member of the research team at Swinburne’s Center for Transformative Media Technologies and chairs Swinburne’s Non-Traditional Research Outcomes Committee.

Professor Verdon brings to this role the ability to provide strategic leadership in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, engagement and education programs essential to the future growth of the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and education.

His expertise will drive the School’s relationships across the university and beyond, as well as the emphasis on the “people” aspect of the Horizon 2025 vision of “People and technology working together to build a better world”.

Swinburne Principal Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Academic Director Professor Chris Pilgrim said he was delighted with the new appointments.

“Distinguished Professor Jim Ogloff AM has a long and impressive career in clinical and forensic psychology and is a dedicated health researcher and practitioner. Since 2013 Professor Ogloff has been Director of the Center for Forensic Behavioral Science at Swinburne and has demonstrated the excellent abilities required to lead Swinburne into our next chapter,” Professor Pilgrim said.

“I also extend my congratulations to Professor James Verdon, who has an impressive background in screen and media research as well as a creative practice that spans the moving image for theatre, gallery and museum, television television and experimental cinema. Professor Verdon has taught Screen Production and Theory at Swinburne since 1997 and is superbly equipped to bring our unique and forward-looking offerings in the arts, media, social sciences and education to the world. .

Professor Ogloff said he greatly appreciates the talent and vision of the staff of the School of Health Sciences, which has deepened in his last months as Dean.

“I am honored to have been appointed Dean to help lead the health expansion strategy and achieve the goals of the Horizon 2025 strategy. After a long career in academia and in the field of mental health, I was initially reluctant to take on the role of Dean of Health Sciences. The pandemic has heightened the importance of health, generally speaking, and we are in a great position to lead innovation in science health and mental health,” Professor Ogloff said.

Professor James Verdon said: “I am energized and excited by the opportunity as Dean to lead a school firmly committed to fostering and supporting sustainable, just and creative futures through genuine innovation in our teaching, research and our commitment.

“Active collaboration to realize the university’s vision of building a better world has perhaps never been more important to the School than now and I see the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and education at the center of the university’s Horizon 2025 vision.

“I particularly look forward to leading and facilitating productive relationships across the full scope of Swinburne, and with established and emerging industry, community and academic partners globally.”

Distinguished Professor Jim Ogloff AM and Professor James Verdon take office immediately.


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