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Professor Wendy Mayer appointed Dean of Research Strategy (0.4 FTE) for the University of Divinity

Professor Wendy Mayer has recently been appointed as part-time Dean of Research Strategy at the University of Divinity (UD), commencing 1 February 2020. This two-year, part-time position is designed to support collaboration across the University in renewal and delivery of its research strategy. This collegial approach is reflected in the structure of the new position as a secondment from one of the University’s Colleges.

UD Vice Chancellor, Professor Sherlock said “I am delighted by Professor Mayer’s appointment as the new Dean of Research Strategy and look forward to the strengths she will bring to the role, combining a record of research excellence with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with community partnerships. Together with the appointment of Associate Professor Liz Boase as inaugural Dean of the School of Graduate Research, the University is well-placed to accomplish its Vision and Mission in research and research training – to address the issues of the contemporary world through critical engagement with Christian theological traditions.”

ALC Principal James Winderlich said “Australian Lutheran College is grateful for this opportunity to support the wider work of the University.  An active research culture underpins all that we do, no matter the level.  Our college wholeheartedly supports Professor Mayer in this new venture of service and leadership.  We have benefitted from her gifts for a number of years, and we look forward to seeing what those gifts might mean for the whole University community.” 

The secondment presents ALC with a rich opportunity to engage more closely with the other UD colleges and to further its Strategic Priorities:

  • Exploring, understanding and discussing contemporary church life questions and issues: Look outward, engaging with other ways of looking at the world and being in ecumenical partnership with other churches and other parts of the wider community. (ALC Strategic Direction 2017-2022)
  • Listening and responding in partnership to the LCA and its needs and aspirations: Identify ways that participation in the University of Divinity can inform, strengthen and expand our thinking. (ALC Strategic Direction 2017-2022).

To support Professor Mayer in her current role during this two year secondment, ALC will employ a .4 Postdoctoral Research Associate.