Learning leaders in times of change

This year’s keynote address at the symposium will be delivered on 29 August 2019 by Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott, a brief CV is below. In this session, Geoff will focus on the key lessons from his 40 years’ experience in leading change in higher education and the key findings from research with 500 successful learning and teaching leaders in higher education from around Australia. Particular emphasis will be on the fact that local leaders are the key arbiters of change in our universities and the key lessons on successful change implementation, the key capabilities of the effective local change leader in higher education and the key strategies for learning leadership will be discussed.

Geoff’s key themes will be ‘Good ideas with no ideas on how to implement them are wasted ideas’ and ‘Change doesn’t just happen but must be led, and deftly’.

Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott
B.A., Dip Ed (Sydney), MEd, Ed D (Toronto) FACE
Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at WSU. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established the UN endorsed Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Greater Western Sydney (RCE-GWS).  

He is a widely published author of reports and articles on change leadership, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, professional capability, what distinguishes successful early career graduates in a wide range of professions, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) received the US Colleges’ Bellwether Award.

He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a foundation member of the panel of TEQSA experts and a higher education auditor, board member and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. This Fellowship focused on how best to develop highly capable, work ready plus graduates for an uncertain future and resulted in a website for assuring the quality of tertiary learning and teaching (http://flipcurric.edu.au/)  that currently has more than 12,500 Higher Education users around the world.

In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.