Professor Maryanne Dever holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining ANU in 2021 she worked at a number of universities, including the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, Monash University and University of Technology Sydney (UTS). At UTS, she served as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for Arts and Social Sciences, Director of LX Transformation, and Deputy Chair and then Chair of Academic Board. Career highlights include fellowships at McGill University, the University of Tampere, and the National Library of Australia. Her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) involves complementary contributions to excellence in education and excellence in digital infrastructure, working closely with the colleges, schools and University leaders to deliver the University’s vision for an exceptional academic digital infrastructure that aligns with the ANU Digital Master Plan.
Professor Dever is recognised for her research in feminist literary studies and critical archival studies. Her most recent book is Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page (2019). She also has on-going research interests in the areas of gender, work, and higher education. She co-edits the journal Australian Feminist Studies.
Better than we went in?
Massive digital disruption of the pace and scale we have seen was not on the agenda for our higher education system. While Australian universities have managed with varying degrees of success to deliver emergency online learning in the wake of COVID19, most of us are still processing what the last 18 months mean for the future of university learning and teaching. In this presentation I will draw on my experience managing change across this period to explore some of the opportunities offered by this new normal, reflect on the comfortable assumptions that have been shattered, and question what it might take if we are to emerge from this moment in better shape than we went in.