Charles Darwin University has appointed a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor to head its Research and International portfolio.
A Professorial Fellow and Senior Program Developer at the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne, Professor Sharon Bell will take up the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and International, at CDU in April.
Professor Bell will take over the role from Professor Bob Wasson, who is finishing his term at CDU in March and taking up a Visiting Professorship with the University of Singapore later this year. He will also continue an association with CDU as an Adjunct Professor.
In announcing Professor Bell’s appointment, CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said she had extensive expertise in the development of Indigenous and community engagement programs.
“Professor Bell has worked in diverse senior positions at universities around Australia and will come to us with an exceptional array of leadership and research experience,” Professor Glover said.
Professor Bell holds a PhD from the University of Sydney in the discipline of Anthropology where she gained the skills and experience as a documentary film-maker that have been an enduring part of her career.
“She also brings with her established working relationships with colleagues at partner institutions such as ANU, Flinders University and the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education,” Professor Glover said.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and International, Professor Bell will strengthen international student participation through existing and new partnerships and work to enhance the international student experience. She also aims to strengthen bi-lateral research links with partner institutions to address community and regional needs.