Deakin appoints new Executive Dean of Arts and Education

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31 March 2023

Deakin University today announced that after an extensive national and international search, Professor Simon Tormey has been appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Professor Tormey will commence at Deakin on 14 August 2023 and succeed Associate Professor Meghan Kelly, who has acted in the role since August 2022.

Professor Tormey is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, a position he has held since 2019. Previously he was Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney from 2009 to 2018.

An internationally renowned academic in political sociology, organisational studies, social theory and the history of ideas, Professor Tormey is the author or co-author of 7 books and over 60 scholarly articles, with work translated into nine languages.

During his term as Dean at the University of Bristol, Professor Tormey oversaw significant research and educational success in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, one of the largest and most diverse faculties of its kind in the UK.

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said Professor Tormey would ensure the Faculty of Arts and Education continues its world-class research and inspiring Deakin students to reach their potential and achieve their goals.

“On behalf of the university community, I look forward to welcoming Professor Tormey to Deakin in August as our new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education,” Professor Martin said.

“I look forward to the contribution Professor Tormey will make both as Executive Dean of Arts and Education and as a member of my University Executive.

“As we look to the future, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Associate Professor Meghan Kelly for her excellent leadership of the faculty as Acting Executive Dean, which will continue until Professor Tormey commences.”

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