Professional and community engagement as an example of institutional and personal transformation

28 April 2015, 5.00 PM - 28 April 2015, 6.30 PM

Emeritus Professor Judyth Sachs

Room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA

Time: 5 - 6:30pm

Chair: Professor Gemma Moss

Abstract: In this presentation I describe the development and implementation of a whole of university program Professional and Community Engagement (PACE). I describe its 'creation myth', the challenges in developing such a major initiative and some of the learnings that have emerged about leading a major whole of institution transformation project.

Biography: Emeritus Professor Judyth Sachs

Judyth Sachs is Director of Judyth Sachs Consulting, and a Special Advisor in Higher Education at KPMG. She has recently worked on process improvement projects at The University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and the Vet School at Murdoch University. She stepped down as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Provost at Macquarie University in March 2014, a position she held since December 2006. She held various positions at the University of Sydney, Griffith University and The University of Queensland. From June 2003 to December 2006 she was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Chair of the Academic Board (2001 –June 2003) and Professor of Education (1996- 2006) at the University of Sydney.

Judyth has a long record of being a change agent. During her time at Macquarie she was responsible for transforming the academic side of the university. She led the review and implementation of the academic structure, the development and implementation of the new undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum, developed a quality enhancement framework and led the implementation of a new learning management system. Among numerous institutional improvements her greatest legacy at Macquarie in the implementation of a whole of university community engagement initiative (PACE) , which in 2015 has over 8000 undergraduate students engaging in some form of learning through participation. 

She is the author of 8 books and numerous book chapters and journal articles and is on the editorial boards of several international journals relating to higher education and education. Her research interests lie in women and leadership, higher education policy, teacher professionalism and community engagement.

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