Alfred Deakin Professors

The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the most prestigious that the University can bestow on its staff.

2016 Alfred Deakin Professors

Below are the 2016 recipients of this title and a list of past recipients.

Professor Maxine Duke

Alfred Deakin Professor Maxine Duke

Professor Duke has led the School of Nursing and Midwifery as Head of School since 2007 and has been the Director of the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research Strategic Research Centre from 2014. She has been Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health since 2012.

The reputation of the school has flourished under her leadership. Earlier this year the school was ranked 22nd in the world, 5th in Australia and 3rd in Victoria in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds subject rankings. Among universities less than 50 years old, the school is ranked 1st in Victoria and 2nd in Australia.

She has led a number of major innovations in curriculum development. The Bachelor of Nursing was one of the first courses at Deakin to enter the course enhancement process. The School of Nursing and Midwifery was the first nursing school in Australia to develop a Bachelor of Nursing underpinned by a quality and safety framework.

Professor Duke has maintained her own publication record despite a heavy administrative role. She has co-edited one book and authored or co-authored 5 book chapters. She has a national and international reputation as a leader in the profession and is a regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences. She has supervised or co-supervised nine PhD students, six honours students and eight Master of Nursing by coursework thesis students.

Professor Duke is an outstanding leader, who has transformed the School of Nursing and Midwifery into to one of the best nursing schools in the world. She has had a major influence in curriculum development. Her role in establishing partnerships with Victorian health services has allowed an expansion of clinical training and development of a strong research culture within the school. She has played a key role in developing partnerships with international nursing schools, leading to multiple opportunities for internationalisation of our nursing courses and a number of international research partnerships.

Professor Ferdi Gul

Alfred Deakin Professor Ferdi Gul 

Professor Ferdinand Gul joined Deakin University as a research professor of accounting and finance in 2015. Professor Gul’s international reputation in the field of empirical accounting and auditing research is evidenced by his ranking among the top 20 researchers in the world in the past six years by the prestigious US based Brigham Young academic ranking within all research methodologies in accounting. Further evidence of this international standing is his number of citations from Google Scholar = 8790, an h‐index =44 an i10‐index = 82 and a Scopus hindex =26. More than 25 of his papers have Google citations that range from 100 to 1000+.

Professor Gul’s major research interests are in inter‐disciplinary application of contacting and agency theories to accounting, auditing and corporate finance. He subscribes to a research philosophy that emphasises the idea that theories and forces in economics, politics and law play out in the practice of accounting, auditing and corporate finance. Professor Gul has published in leading high impact factor journal such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance and Accounting Organizations and Society. In addition, Professor Gul has provided consulting services on corporate governance including consulting on corporate governance reform for the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Law Reform Commission.

Professor Gul joined academia in 1975 where he taught at the University of Malaya. He has served in senior academic positions including head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and head of discipline in Accounting and Finance at Monash University (Sunway Campus). He has held Chairs at Griffith University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Monash University.

Professor Baogang He

Alfred Deakin Professor Baogang He 

Professor He is currently Professor and Chair in International Relations within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor He has just returned to Deakin after three years of unpaid leave to join the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to that Professor He joined Deakin in 2005 as Chair in International Studies and was formally with the University of Tasmania from 1993–2005. 

Professor He is the author/editor of 12 books, 58 book chapters, 79 journal articles and numerous other publications. Professor He is highly acknowledged public intellectual in international relations and political science. He returns to Deakin to lead our strategic development across Asia Research in the broad social sciences, business and health.

Reaching beyond the academic world, Professor He has also sought to be of service to public and governmental organisations. He was invited by the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Civic Affairs (MCA) in the PRC as an international expert to review the UN funded program ‘China Rural Official Training’ in August 2001 (two weeks); invited by the UNDP and the MCA to investigate an urban community construction project (December 2002, nine days), and invited by the Danish International Development Agency as an official delegation member to examine a political reform project in China in November 2003 and to examine the procedures for direct township elections in August 2004. He has served as an advisor to local governments for village elections, to the Wenling government for deliberative institutions, and to the Dejiang community for deliberative discussion forum.

Professor Marcel Klaassen

Alfred Deakin Professor Marcel Klaasen 

Professor Klaassen is an outstanding research leader who has rendered enormous service to Deakin. He has served as Director of Deakin’s Centre for Integrative Ecology since 2010 and in that time has built it up into one of our leading strategic research centres. The time and effort that he has put into recruitment and mentoring of staff and teams has been extraordinary. He is a selfless and inspiring leader who consistently puts the needs of the team and the institution before his own. Moreover the effectiveness of his leadership is attested to by Deakin’s outstanding performance under the relevant field of research (FoR) codes in the 2015 ERA round.

Field of research codesRating
0502 Environmental Science and Management5 (well above world standard)
0603 Evolutionary Biology4 (above world standard)
0608 Zoology5 (well above world standard)
0704 Fisheries Sciences4 (above world standard)

Professor Klaassen is internationally recognised for his own research in the field of wildlife ecology. He is sought after across the globe as a reviewer of grants submitted to major funding bodies, and of papers submitted to the top journals. He has over 150 publications and these have attracted worldwide attention with citation statistics that are outstanding for this area of research (ISI stats: 3400+ citations, h index 33; Google Scholar stats 4900+ citations, h index 43). Notably, one of his most recent publications, as senior author of an international team, was in the extremely prestigious journal Science, and was featured on the cover of that issue (May 2016, A migrant’s plight).

Professor Ingrid Nielsen

Alfred Deakin Professor Ingrid Nielsen 

Professor Ingrid Nielsen gained her PhD from Deakin in 2003, after which she spent just over a decade at Monash. Ingrid returned ‘home’ to Deakin as a Professor of Management in 2014 by way of a strategic, direct appointment. She was in fact the first such appointment Professor Ewing made, having known her, her work and her work ethic for many years at Monash. As part of her appointment, Ingrid was appointed as the Associate Dean (Research) and is still in this role today. 

External to Deakin, Ingrid occupies some key appointments that are testament to the esteem in which she is held in the business academic community. She is an appointed Research Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, an honour bestowed by the ANZAM Executive on a small and select group of management scholars considered to be the very cream of the crop. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Business Deans Council’s Business Academic Directors Research Network (BARDsNet), which is a role of great strategic importance for the Deakin Business School and ensures that we have a strong voice among the wider national business academic community. Ingrid’s BARDsNet appointment marks the first time that a Deakin staff member has been appointed to any role on the BARDsNet Executive. 

One example of the influence that she has in this role is as the management Chair of the most recent and the forthcoming reviews of the ABDC Journal Quality List – a journal ranking instrument that now has wide international influence. In the last month, Ingrid has also been appointed a Specialist by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, the statutory body under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework that provides advice on academic standards of degree programs in higher education institutions in Hong Kong. Ingrid’s appointment will see her participate on accreditation panels in Business and Management, and Social Science. Indeed, she is a very well credentialed Deakin alumna.

In addition to her own program of research, Ingrid is an outstanding research leader, plays and continues to play a central and significant lead role in the establishment of the Deakin Business School. Her achievements as ADR have injected life and vitality into the Faculty’s research culture and especially with respect to junior colleagues (and most especially junior female colleagues) she inspires through leadership‐by‐example. Her BUiLD initiative to develop research capability and capacity is the organisational mirror of who she is. That, alongside her stellar work on crafting the Faculty’s ERA 2015 submission, probably stand out as her two greatest achievements thus far in her role as ADR. I have no doubt that there will be many more to follow.

In addition to her outstanding research record, her well‐founded national and international scholarly reputation, and her tireless service to the Faculty as ADR, Ingrid has also managed to perform an excellent job of teaching, including lecturing into our first year management unit in the BCom, and to our PhD cohort in the new doctoral coursework program in 2016.

Professor Yin Paradies

Alfred Deakin Professor Yin Parides 

Professor Paradies has been chair in Race Relations at Deakin University since 2012. During this time he has demonstrated outstanding and sustained contribution to furthering Deakin’s research and teaching and learning goals.

Professor Paradies researches the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti- racism theory, policy and practice. Professor Paradies has been a chief investigator on ten successful national competitive grants including several Discovery and Linkage and NHMRC projects, and has been awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship.

Professor Paradies has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and delivered more than 175 invited presentations, guest lectures and keynotes. As of April 2016, Professor Paradies had recorded 3107 citations across all publications with a Google H index of 28. He has published research in the highest-ranking journals of several disciplines including Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Professor Paradies has made a significant and ongoing contribution to the profession, having served as a grant assessor and reviewer for the NHMRC, ARC, NZ Health Research Council and the US–Israel Binational Science Foundation as well as serving on NHMRC and American-Australia Fulbright Commission scholarship/fellowship and grant review panels.

Professor Paradies is also Deputy Director (Research) at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (and the previous Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation) since 2013 where he has led research training and development activities including peer review and grantsmanship processes.

Professor Guang Shi

Alfred Deakin Professor Guang Shi

Professor Shi joined Deakin University in 1998 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Ecology and Environment in the Faculty of Science & Technology. After numerous promotions and a number of years as the Associate Head of School, Professor Shi was promoted to Personal Chair in 2006. In 2011, Professor Shi commenced as the Head of School for School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

Professor Shi joined Deakin University in 1998 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Ecology and Environment in the Faculty of Science & Technology. After numerous promotions and a number of years as the Associate Head of School, Professor Shi was promoted to Personal Chair in 2006. In 2011, Professor Shi commenced as the Head of School for School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

n outstanding publication record. Prof Shi has published >160 papers in refereed international journals and refereed international conferences proceedings, and has edited 17 books. His work has been very widely cited and, according to Google Scholar, he has an h-index of 31 and > 3200 citations, which is extremely high for his field of research.

An excellent record of competitive grant funding, Prof Shi has led two ARC linkage grants and five ARC Discovery project grants, the most recent of the latter being awarded in just the last year. Additionally he has received a number of very large grants in collaboration with colleagues in China (total value >$2M).

Importantly, Prof Shi’s outstanding research success has been achieved while simultaneously providing outstanding academic leadership at Deakin. He has been Head of the School of Life & Environmental Sciences from 2009 to the present. This is one of the largest schools in the university (>70 academic staff, >50 technical and admin staff, >40 postdoctoral research staff) and is certainly one of the most complex, being spread over three campuses and hosting both large research and large teaching programs.

Professor Anna Timperio

Alfred Deakin Professor Anna Timperio 

Professor Timperio completed her PhD with Deakin University in 2000. She subsequently spent two years with the University of Western Australia where she became Director of the Health Promotion Evaluation Unit. Since returning to Deakin, she has been successful in attracting prestigious competitive research fellowships from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the National Heart Foundation that have supported her financially for the past decade.

She has twice been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellent Contributions to Research as an early career researcher (2005 and 2006), and more recently received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Research Engagement in 2015. In the same year she was acknowledged by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher. Researchers in this listing are ranked in the top 1% most cited in their subject field.

Professor Timperio was one of the four founding members of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (CPAN, now the Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (IPAN)), and continues to serve as a member of the IPAN Executive. She is co-leader of the Behavioural Epidemiology program within IPAN. She has been active in forging collaborations that have raised C-PAN/IPAN’s international reputation, in mentoring and supporting the development of PhD students and early career researchers, and in establishing a culture of excellence.

In addition to her central role in the success of C-PAN/IPAN she has contributed to the broader activities of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Faculty of Health, serving as the school’s HDR Co- ordinator for three years and as a member of the Faculty and School Boards.

Professor Timperio has made an outstanding contribution to building research and research capacity at Deakin over an extended period. She has recently been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher.

Professor Russell Tytler

Alfred Deakin Professor Russell Tytler 

Professor Tytler has held a Chair in Science Education since 2005 and has worked at Deakin since 1998. Professor Tytler has national and international esteem in the field of science education and his research has impacted research directions in teaching, learning and the design of curriculum and pedagogy for STEM education across preschool, school and higher education in Australia and internationally. Having worked for nearly two decades at Deakin University he has demonstrated both outstanding and sustained contributions to furthering Deakin’s research and scholarship and learning and teaching aims. His recent call for a re-imagining of science education has been highly influential on curriculum policy in Australia. He has extensive international research links, having held visiting professor position in Europe and Asia.

The scope of Professor Tytler’s research has included the practices of individual teachers and learner outcomes, classroom teaching and learning processes including digital pedagogies, and school and system wide innovation involving school and teacher improvement, STEM teacher professional knowledge and capability, assessment, and links between the schooling system and community STEM practices. His work has fostered partnerships between researchers in Education and the Science discipline and the higher education sector, school systems and university- industry-school collaborations. He is currently leading research linking art and science through creativity and imagination in scientific reasoning and knowledge building.

Professor Tytler has established STEM Education research as a major component of SRC research activities at Deakin: firstly as the Co-director of the Centre for Research in Education Futures Innovation (CREFI), and more recently in the centre for Research for Educational Impact (REDI), as leader of the STEM research program. Professor Tytler’s leadership in STEM Education program is evident in the success with ARC and other funded projects that he has led and contributed to. His research is exemplified through many outstanding projects.

Professor David Watters

Alfred Deakin Professor David Watters 

Professor Watters is currently Professor of Surgery at Deakin and Director of Surgery at Barwon Health. He formerly held chairs at the University of Melbourne (2000–2010) and the University of Papua New Guinea (1992–2000).

He has made a significant contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate surgical education in Geelong and Western Victoria. He chaired the working group that developed the surgery rotation in the Deakin medical course and continues to have a great deal of input into surgical teaching in the course. He has been Director of Basic Surgical Training at Barwon Health and has been one of the key drivers for the establishment of the Western Victorian General Surgery Training Network, the only regional surgical training program in Victoria.

He is the author or editor of seven books (including an edition of the prestigious Baillière’s series), seven book chapters and more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles on a broad range of topics, including medical practice in the tropics and developing countries, quality assurance, surgical audit, performance assessment, health information systems, trauma, critical care, gastrointestinal surgery and the history of surgery. He has been the sole or contributing author of four influential guidelines published by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). He has given over 200 conference presentations, including a number of invited keynote presentations in Australia and in Asia and the South Pacific.

Professor Watters has made significant contributions to surgery at Victorian, national and international levels. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) since 2007. He was appointed Vice-President in May 2014 and President in May 2015 – he has just completed his term of office. He is the first president of a specialty college from Deakin and the first President of the College of Surgeons appointed from outside a capital city. During his term he was responsible for the college’s response to a highly critical Expert Advisory Group report on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery. He made a public apology on behalf of the college and led the development of a public action plan to address the recommendations and the launch of a national campaign to engage consultant surgeons. The college has been widely commended on the forthright and transparent way it has approached these issues under his leadership.

Professor Watters has been a leader in academic surgery nationally and internationally for a number of years, culminating in his appointment as President of the college. He has a strong publication record and remains active in clinical practice and both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He has made a major contribution to global health in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Past Alfred Deakin Professor recipients


  • Professor Mirko Bagaric
  • Professor Neil Barnett
  • Professor Colin Barrow
  • Professor Ian Chen


  • Professor Mike Ewing
  • Professor Matthew Barnett
  • Professor Kylie Ball
  • Professor Clare Bradford
  • Professor Graeme Hays
  • Professor Ivan Stojmenovic


  • Professor Rob Carter – Faculty of Health
  • Professor Wanlei Zhou – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
  • Professor Jo Salmon – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Michael Berk – Faculty of Health
  • Professor John Endler – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
  • Professor Maria Forsyth – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri – Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Professor Michael Polonsky – Faculty of Business and Law
  • Professor Svetha Venkatesh – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment


  • Professor Jill Blackmore – Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Professor Mari Botti – Faculty of Health
  • Professor Paresh Narayan – Faculty of Business and Law
  • Professor David Walker – Faculty of Arts and Education


  • Professor Marita McCabe – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Boyd Swinburn – Faculty of Health


  • Professor David Crawford – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Xungai Wang – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Saeid Nahavandi – Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin Research


  • Professor Peter Hodgson – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Julian Mercer – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment