New Laureate Professors announced

October 15 / 169

Four new Laureate Professors and ten Redmond Barry Distinguished Professorships have been recently appointed from the University’s professoriate.

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the University was renowned for its world-leading scholars, and it was a pleasure to celebrate the recent recognition of a number of distinguished academic staff members.

Melbourne Laureate Professorships honour members of the University's professoriate who demonstrate exceptional distinction and performance as eminent scholars. They were awarded to: the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Frank Caruso, Melbourne Law School’s Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s John Hattie, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences’ Ingrid Scheffer.

The Redmond Barry Distinguished Professorship was recently established to recognise professors who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the University and wider community and either pre-eminence in research or creative activity, or pre-eminence in research and teaching.  Inaugural Redmond Barry Distinguished Professors are: Dean of Arts Mark Considine, the School of Culture and Communication’s Barbara Creed, Head of the School of Geography Ruth Fincher, the School of Geography’s Lesley Head, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health’s John Hopper, Melbourne Law School’s Tim Lindsey, Dean of Engineering Iven Mareels, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) James McCluskey, Foundation Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Terry Nolan and the Melbourne Law School’s Anne Orford.

The appointments were made after a rigorous approval process, which involved confidential nominations from Deans and Deputy Vice-Chancellors, full applications for short-listed candidates reviewed by international experts in their fields, and detailed assessment by the Provost-convened Distinguished Academic Awards Committee.

A further set of nominations are in train for announcement in the new year, and the University expects to make a small number of these appointments and awards annually from then on.

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