Issue 6
Tuesday, 07 August 2018
Charles Darwin University
Senior appointments: Professor Robert Fitzgerald and Professor Philip Seltsikas
Senior appointments: Professor Robert Fitzgerald and Professor Philip Seltsikas

CDU welcomes two Pro Vice-Chancellors

Two Pro Vice-Chancellors have taken up their appointments to new key positions at CDU.

Professor Robert Fitzgerald is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy, overseeing excellence and innovation in learning and teaching. The position brings together the central areas responsible for education strategy and curriculum design, learning and digital futures, academic professional development and academic quality and review.

Professor Philip Seltsikas is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Engagement and Success and will focus on enhancing the quality of the student experience. This will include the central areas of Student Administration, Equity Services, Student Engagement and Support, and Library Services.

The new Pro Vice-Chancellors bring extensive experience and knowledge to their respective roles.

Professor Fitzgerald has built an international reputation for innovation in education design in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, working with schools and universities in Australia and internationally.

Professor Fitzgerald said he was drawn to CDU through the vision articulated in the university’s strategic plan.

“I see the plan’s emphasis on Connect, Discover, Grow as a design lens for our education work across both sectors that will also help focus our attention on continuous improvement,” he said.

“New immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality can help us expand our options beyond simple distinctions between online and on-campus modes.

“CDU has a fine reputation in the digital and online space, but we need to continue to develop and innovate in this area to remain competitive,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

Professor Seltsikas has held several leadership roles at the University of Sydney as head of the Department of Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Economics and Business, as Associate Dean Undergraduate and as Associate Dean Graduate Management.

He said he was attracted to CDU’s ambitious strategic plans and the opportunity to make a real difference to student life and the success of the institution.

“The university is in a transformative phase in its history as it transitions to a ‘New World University’ and I wanted to be a part of and an active contributor to that exciting new future,” Professor Seltsikas said.

“My role here is to support that journey particularly for students by improving student life through increased and purposeful engagement. This includes ensuring that students have every best chance of succeeding in their studies and in post-graduation outcomes.

“Central to achieving student success will be greater emphasis on the entire student lifecycle from ‘market to alumni’.

“I see the future provision of student services at CDU as being fully integrated and personalised for individual students; services that are delivered proactively and constructively at appropriate moments in a student’s educational journey,” he said.