EDITH Cowan University (ECU) has appointed Professor Caroline Finch as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
She will join ECU from Federation University Australia where she is the Executive Dean of Graduate Studies.
The highly accomplished academic is the author of 411 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 book chapters, and has earned more than $22 million in research funding in her career.
She has been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and is recognised as one of the most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.
She has previously held Research Professor roles at the University of NSW (2003-06), University of Ballarat (2006-10), Monash University (2010-13) and Federation University Australia (2013-present). She is also a Director on the National Board of Sports Medicine Australia.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman welcomed the appointment.
“Professor Finch will join us at a time of significant change and opportunity for ECU and the higher education sector more generally. Her extensive experience and track record will be an asset as we chart the course to deliver on ECU’s Strategic Plan 2017-21,” he said
“She will have primary responsibility to lead our research agenda through advancing research and knowledge translation, strengthening ECU’s research capability, and improving the quality of our research with the goal of making all the research we do world class.”
Professor Finch said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the world-class researchers at ECU and to supporting their efforts to ensure that their research has the greatest impact and relevance to the communities and industries that it is aimed at.”
Professor Finch will start at ECU on March 26.
ECU’s current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, will retire in early 2018 after 10 years with the university.