Presenters Biography

Angela Carbone

Angela Carbone is the Associate Dean Learning Innovation in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology.  Prior to this role, Angela was the Director of Education Excellence at Monash University. She has extensive educational leadership experience and an international profile in scholarship of learning and teaching 

Tara Magdalinski

Tara Magdalinski is the Associate Dean, Learning Innovation in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this role, Tara was the Head of Subject for Sports Management and the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at University College Dublin. 

Sandra Luxton

Sandra Luxton is the Associate Dean, Learning Innovation in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology.  Sandra has over 20 years' experience in academia holding many leadership roles including Director of the Master of Marketing (online), Director of Industry Based Learning, Director of Study Tour Programs, and Manager - Undergraduate Open Learning. 

Nell Kimberley

Nell Kimberley is Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) for Monash Business School. Nell has a long history of teaching excellence and educational leadership. She currently leads initiatives relating to new course development, curriculum innovation, academic staff training and development, academic integrity and quality assurance. 



Across Australian tertiary institutions Associate Deans Education are primarily charged with the responsibility of leading strategic development and to provide oversight of the operational implementation of strategies relating to Learning, Teaching and Scholarship. More generally they have overall accountability for ensuring the implementation of the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy within their Faculty. Often this includes facilitating leadership of teaching and learning innovation, driving specific agendas and ensuring the quality of courses and programs.    

With the opportunity to drive, develop and implement strategies relating to innovative and contemporary learning and teaching practices, comes the challenges of leading large scale changes often without any direct influence or line management over staff and negotiating plans with a number of competing stakeholders including: academic staff, Deans, PVCs, DCVs. 

This discussion will be led by Associate Deans of Education/ Learning Innovation across two Australian universities, with teaching and learning responsibility across the broad disciplines of Humanities, Business and Technology.   The presentation will stimulate a roundtable discussion highlighting common challenges which they believe are worthy of further exploration to create and maintain a high quality, productive and supportive educational environment for staff and students.