Staff profile - Julie Rowlands

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Dr Julie Rowlands

Position: Senior Lecturer in Education
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Phone: +61 3 55633117 +61 3 55633117
Email: julie.rowlands@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Julie Rowlands researches in the areas of governance, higher education systems, academic quality assurance, leadership and organisational change. Julie applies a critical sociology of education perspective to her work and her writing has been published in top-ranked international journals including British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education and Quality in Higher Education. Julie’s 2013 article in Studies in Higher Education was selected by the editor in December 2014 as one of a small number of articles to reflect the core themes of that journal. Julie has presented extensively on higher education governance and the role of the university and its relationship to the state, both within Australia and also internationally. Her writing on university academic boards is used by a number of universities around Australia and internationally as a basis for board member education programs. She is currently writing a book on academic governance in Anglophone nations, to be published by Springer in 2016 and is co-editing and contributing to a book on academic governance in Asia, also with Springer. Prior to her current academic work, Julie was a senior manager in higher education governance for more than 15 years, most recently as Head of University Governance at Deakin.


Julie is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University where she is a research active member of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation. Julie completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Jill Blackmore. Her thesis was entitled The Role of the Academic Board in the Contemporary Australian University. Prior to her current academic work, Julie was a senior manager in higher education governance for more than 15 years, most recently as Head of University Governance at Deakin


Biography summary

Dr Julie Rowlands researches and publishes in the areas of governance, higher education systems, academic quality assurance, leadership and organisational change. Her work has been published in top-ranked international journals including the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Studies in Higher Education and Quality in Higher Education and her writing on university academic boards is used by a number of universities around Australia and internationally as a basis for board member education programs. Julie is currently a lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University where she is a research active member of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation.


Qualifications

  • Master of Education, Deakin University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Education, Deakin University, 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013


Affiliations

AARE


Professional activities

Elected academic staff member, Deakin University Academic Board
Invited member, Faculty of Arts and Education Online Teaching Leader's Forum

Academic

Teaching Interests

Educational governance and leadership; digital literacy.


Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit Chair EAD111 Digital Literacy; Unit Chair ELT711 Introduction to Leadership Theory.


Expertise summary

Higher education policy; higher education systems; quality assurance in higher education; academic governance; organisational change

Knowledge areas

University governance; higher education; academic quality assurance; leadership and management; organisational change


Conferences and seminars

Universities in the Knowledge Eeconomy (UNIKE) conference, February 2015, Auckland NZ. Navigating the ‘in between’ spaces: beyond the academic/managerialism divide in university governance

European Conference on Educational Research, September 2014, Portugal. Capitalising on networks: the methodological challenges of researching the relational aspects of social contracts. Presented with Dr Shaun Rawolle and Professor Jill Blackmore.

Academic governance, higher education standards and TEQSA, presentation to the Association of Australian University Secretaries, Brisbane, November 2013. Academic Board Role and Function in Australian Universities, presentation at the Australian Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates (CABS), Perth, November 2011. Academic Boards in Contemporary Australian Universities, paper presented at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, National Meeting of Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates, Canberra, March 2011. Academic Boards in Contemporary Australian Universities, presentation to the Deakin University Academic Board, Geelong, May 2011. From Power to Glory: a portrait of the academic board, paper presented at the Governance and Development International Conference, Padang, Indonesia, December 2010. Accountability, Quality Assurance and Performativity: the changing role of the academic board, paper accepted for presentation at the AARE International Education Research Conference, Melbourne, November 2010. The Duties and Responsibilities of Council Members, paper presented at the National Conference on University Governance, Melbourne, November 2003.

Related Links

An article about Julie's research was published in the Financial Review in November 2011


Research

Research projects

Julie is currently researching academic governance in Australia and is also part of a research project examining the impact of contractualism on education provision in Australia. She is in the early stages of working with international colleagues to plan an international comparative research project examining academic governance within various nations.


Research interests

Higher education policy; higher education systems; quality assurance in higher education; university governance; academic governance; orgainsational change.


Research groups

Julie is the facilitator of an international group of researchers examining academic governance from comparative and critical perspectives.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/23256/Dr-Julie-Rowlands


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