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About me

Professor TerryAs I am originally from Western Australia I am particularly delighted and honoured to return to lead the state’s largest university.

Prior to Curtin, I had a 24-year career at the University of Queensland, after graduating from the Australian National University with a PhD in psychology. I began at UQ as a lecturer, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles to the position of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. I also held the position of Acting Vice-Chancellor from January to October 2012.

I am a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and hold the positions of President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and sit on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Office of Learning & Teaching, Department of Education. I am also the Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychology.

I previously chaired the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

It is a privilege to have been selected to lead Curtin University as its fifth Vice-Chancellor from February 2014. I believe my experience at the University of Queensland, another research-intensive university in a state similar to Western Australia, combined with the talent at Curtin, will see us well-positioned to achieve our strategic goal of being a world leader in education and research.

Professor Deborah Terry