We warmly welcome Dominique Parrish, who this week starts as the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching.
Dominique joins Macquarie from the University of Wollongong, where she was the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. She has more than 30 years’ experience in designing and implementing education programs in the school education, tertiary and private sectors.
Her research interests include technology-enhanced learning, learning-oriented assessment, student experience and engagement, and leadership and emotional intelligence. She is the current President of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education and until recently was a Senior Editor of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice.
Catching Dominique quickly this week, she said:
“I’m really delighted by the opportunity to be involved in what I see is a very exciting time in learning and teaching at Macquarie. There’s this real sense that the university is on the precipice of significant transformation and embracing the opportunity for educational development. Across the sector, those universities that are transforming and embracing learning and teaching and moving forward with their educational agendas, are having the greatest successes, in terms of student enrolments, outcomes and experience. I am excited to be joining Macquarie at this time of innovation and advancement in learning and teaching.
I’m also very interested in the student experience and making sure that students are getting the most out of their university engagement. I think that the Employer Satisfaction Survey National Report, released earlier this year is going to have a significant influence on the attraction, recruitment and retention of students. So universities that aren’t ready to change, who aren’t ready to embrace what we have to do moving forward in response to this rapidly changing environment will struggle, particularly in this current economic climate. My perception of Macquarie is that it is ready to tackle these big challenges and that was one of the things that really attracted me to working here. I am keen to be working with the staff and students and want to embrace what lies ahead.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Kevin Jameson adds:
“Dominique is a highly qualified educationalist whose expertise in both traditional and digital technologies will help us progress and renew our Learning and Teaching strategy, as we prepare our students for the careers of tomorrow,” he says. “I know she is looking forward to working closely with colleagues across the University and particularly with faculties as she begins her exciting and important work. I’m very pleased to welcome Dominique to the University and am sure our staff community will make her feel welcome also.”