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Prof Liz Johnson



Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education


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Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68303


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education provides strategic leadership for Deakin's ambitious curriculum reform and management of the student learning experience.

Professor Liz Johnson leads Deakin's ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and our partnership with FutureLearn. Professor Johnson’s portfolio includes Academic Governance and Standards, Cloud Campus, Global Studio, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, and the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE).

Professor Johnson was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning from 2014, leading Deakin Learning Futures and with oversight of the online learning environment, teaching innovation and course development projects and building staff capability for learning and teaching. Professor Johnson has led whole-of-institution curriculum reform projects at Deakin University and La Trobe University and nationally funded projects, most recently Successful WIL in Science, on work-integrated learning in science faculties, funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia and the Department of Education and Training.

Professor Johnson was the founding Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science’s Teaching and Learning Centre. Her leadership has been recognised through a National Teaching Fellowship (2012), national and institutional awards (2006, 2007) and competitive grants (2009 to 2016).

Professor Johnson trained as a plant biochemist and taught university biochemistry for over 30 years. She now researches and publishes in areas associated with work-integrated learning and digital credentialing.

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Occupational outcomes for bachelor of science graduates in Australia and implications for undergraduate science curricula

S Palmer, M Campbell, E Johnson, J West

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 989-1006, Research in science education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Ready and WILing: science students want more and earlier access to work-integrated learning

Joanne Elliott, T Jorre De St Jorre, Elizabeth Johnson

(2018), pp. 1-4, WIL : Creating connections, building futures : Proceedings of the 2018 7th National Conference on Work Integrated Learning, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1


Implementing and investigating distributed leadership in a national university network - SaMnet

M Sharma, W Rifkin, V Tzioumis, M Hill, E Johnson, C Varsavsky, S Jones, S Beames, A Crampton, M Zadnik, S Pyke

(2017), Vol. 39, pp. 169-182, Journal of higher education policy and management, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The potential of digital credentials to engage students with capabilities of importance to scholars and citizens

K Miller, T Jorre De St Jorre, J West, E Johnson

(2017), pp. 1-12, Active learning in higher education, London, Eng., C1


Me in a minute: a simple strategy for developing and showcasing personal employability

T Jorre De St Jorre, E Johnson, G O'Dea

(2017), pp. 117-120, ASCILITE 2017 : Me, Us, IT! : Proceedings ASCILITE2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, Towoomba, QLD., E1


Social network perspectives reveal strength of academic developers as weak ties

K Matthews, A Crampton, M Hill, E Johnson, M Sharma, C Varsavsky

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 238-251, International journal for academic development, London, Eng., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Successful WIL in Science

Prof Liz Johnson, Prof John Rice, A/Prof Cristina Varsavsky, Prof Jo Ward, Prof Malcolm Campbell, Dr John Holdsworth, Dr Trina Jorre De St Jorre

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2016: $344,700

Industry and Other Funding

Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment

A/Prof Rola Ajjawi, Prof David Boud, Dr Joanna Tai, Prof Liz Johnson

  • 2017: $10,000


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