Faculty staff

Deakin’s Faculty of Arts and Education is the University’s largest faculty. It’s staffed by an expert team of dedicated academics, researchers, technicians, program managers and support and administrative personnel.

Use our faculty list to contact staff. You can also see individual staff profiles to find out more about areas of expertise, publications and awards.


Executive Dean 
Professor Vanessa Lemm

Associate Dean (Partnerships and International)
Associate Professor Bonnie Yim

Associate Dean (Research)
Professor Andrea Witcomb

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
Associate Professor Meghan Kelly

School and institute staff members

If you're looking for a school or institute staff member, visit the staff listing page for the relevant area.

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Administrative functional groups

Office of the Executive Dean

Faculty General Manager
Matthew McDonough

Project Officer
Heather Rose

Strategic Planning and Performance Portfolio


Strategic Planning and Performance Manager
Cayla Edwards

Business Operations Support Coordinator
Nicole Adams-Madner

Administration Officer (HR)
Joanne Zivillica
Administration Officer (HR)
Arlene Pacheco

Health, Safety and Environment Project Officer
Michael Farrugia

Health, Safety and Environment Project Assistant
Katy Holmes

IT Manager
Matt Freeman

Planning Analyst
Morris Long

Coordinator, Digital Learning Technologies
Cate Oke

Coordinator, Digital Learning Design
Technical Officer, Digital Learning
Bhavya Dhamankar
Digital Learning Support Officer
Mary Ishak

Research Portfolio


Research Partnerships Coordinator
Patrick Guay

Grants Officer
Melissa Cogdon

Senior HDR Adviser
Lisa Morwood

Senior HDR Adviser
Kylie Koulkoudinas

Administrative Assistant
Margaret McKay

HDR Academic Skills Adviser
Donna-Lee Frieze

HDR Academic Skills Adviser
Kate Hall
Administrative Advisor Ethics and Publications
Jo Ryan

Engagement Portfolio


Portfolio Manager, Engagement
Kathryn Whitney

Work Integrated Learning Manager
Kirsty Dixon

Senior Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
Rose Watson

Senior Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
Sophia StJames

Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
Angela Jubber

Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
Aastha Shrestha

Team Leader, Marketing Communications
Kaitlin Hopkins

Senior Marketing and External Engagement Officer
Danni La Gamba

Senior Communications Designer
Madi Millet-Riley

Senior Digital Communications Officer
Margaret Ryan

Digital Content Assistant
Aubrey Comben

Partnership Development Coordinator
Chris Trott

Manager, Curriculum and Governance
Amanda Henczel

Governance Coordinator
Sophie Hill

Administration Officer (Curriculum) - Geelong
Emma Smitten

Administration Officer (Curriculum) - Geelong
Chloe Murphy

Administration Officer (Curriculum) - Burwood
Kelli O’Hern

Administration Officer (Curriculum) - Burwood
Nicole Thomas

Curriculum Assistant
Ramona Browne
Curriculum Trainee
Lillee Handley-Valentini

Academic Progress & Integrity Coordinator
Leah McCabe (On Maternity Leave)

Academic Progress & Integrity Officer – Burwood
Stephanie Jauffret

Academic Progress & Integrity Coordinator (Acting)
Clare Agg

Academic Progress & Integrity Officer – Burwood
Kris Wilhelm (Seconded)

Academic Progress & Integrity Officer – Burwood
Debra Black

Coordinator, Admissions and Credit
Carolyn Neville

Senior Admission and Credit Officer - Geelong
Jess Albrecht

Senior Admission and Credit Officer - Burwood
Alana Weber

Student Experience Manager
Sumita Verma

Student Experience Coordinator
Katerina Pikoulas

Senior Student Experience Officer – Burwood
Monica Hearn

Senior Student Experience Officer – Burwood
Nonny Elliott-Dedman

Senior Student Experience Officer – Burwood
Kellie Henson

Student Experience Officer – Geelong
Danika Armytage

Student Experience Officer Geelong
Madi Naughton
Faculty Timetable Coordinator(Infrastructure and Property Group)
Carmen Nigro