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Head, School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University

Opportunity for a dynamic and experienced academic leader to join Charles Sturt University as the Head of School for the School of Psychology.

  • Actively shape the future strategic direction of the School
  • Lead the delivery of high-quality and impactful research and teaching
  • Enjoy regional lifestyle benefits in New South Wales (northern coast or inland locations)

The Role

  • Fixed term (up to 5 years – renewable), Full time
  • Senior remuneration package
  • Bathurst, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga campus

As the Head of School, you will be accountable to the Executive Dean for the performance of the school in learning and teaching, research productivity and financial and resource management.  You will be responsible for driving growth and development and enhancing the profile and research impact of the School and University by fostering linkages and relationships with industry, government, the professions and community.

Continuing to build on a high-performance people culture, you will also provide leadership, guidance and mentorship to ensure academic achievement and the delivery of high-quality courses.

This position may be renewed by mutual agreement and in accordance with the Charles Sturt University Executive Remuneration and Appointment Policy.

To be successful you will have:

  • A PhD in a cognate discipline relevant to the School of Psychology.
  • Demonstrated success at improving research productivity and quality, including implementation of strategies for securing external research funding.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and develop academic and professional staff, foster a productive organisational culture, operate within set budget parameters and deliver identified performance outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic management with sound decision-making skills, and the ability to work autonomously to enable effective management of a complex disciplinary environment.
  • A capacity for strategic management in a campus context, able to create innovative programs to meet broad market demand and lead change for performance improvements.
  • A track record of excellence in teaching and research, including recognition as a leading authority in a substantive area of Psychology, and demonstrated leadership and service to the profession.

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To learn more, and to apply

CSU has engaged De Sailly Search to ensure the global search reaches the widest pool of eligible candidates. For a confidential discussion and to apply contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly, at CSU_HoSPsych@desailly.com.au

Your application must address the Skills and Experience criteria listed in the Position Description and be submitted via email to CSU-HoSPsych@desailly.com.au

Applications should include:

  • a covering letter indicating your motivation for the role;
  • a statement addressing the Skills and Experience listed in the position description;
  • a full academic CV; and
  • the names and contact details of 3-5 referees (these are not contacted until later in the process).

The full position description can be obtained via email from CSU_HoSPsych@desailly.com.au

Closing Date: Thursday 27th June 2024

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About Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University is a young and growing university committed to developing far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. The University makes a significant contribution to the prosperity and vibrancy of our rural and regional communities, with a reach and impact across Australia and internationally. People at Charles Sturt University work together with industry, communities and students to create new thinking, inspire each other and make a positive and progressive contribution to the world.

Kangaroos on campus

Kangaroos on campus

The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences covers a diverse range of disciplines and is comprised of 6 Schools, 2 Centres and CSU-Engineering.  These include the School of Management and Marketing, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Policing Studies, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, School of Psychology, Centre for Law and Justice, Centre for Customs and Excise Studies and CSU-Engineering.

Charles Sturt faculty are leaders in their fields of teaching and research and combine significant professional experience with academic expertise. The University’s schools continue to grow through close collaboration and consultation with private industry, regulators, professional bodies, community engagement, partnerships and global networks.

The School of Psychology has academic staff located on three campuses at Charles Sturt University, including Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. The School’s academic staff are active in a number of research areas, including clinical psychology, forensic psychology, developmental psychology, ageing, cognition, social psychology, personality and individual differences, health psychology, psychophysiology and rehabilitation. The School promotes psychology in general through the professional, educational and research activities of its staff. The School has a particular commitment to rural and regional communities, as well as to promoting access to psychology education for First Nations Australians.

Charles Sturt University offers a great work-life balance, professional development opportunities and generous financial benefits.

Charles Sturt University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. This is demonstrated through our Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award and our participation as a member in the Australian Workplace Equality Index. Applications are encouraged from First Nations Australians; people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); people who identify as LGBTIQA+; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Lifestyle benefits

Port Macquarie campus informationBeing based in one of the campuses of the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University has regional lifestyle benefits.

The School of Psychology operates on three campuses at Charles Sturt University.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie campus is located on the spectacular mid-North Coast of New South Wales. More about living in Port Macquarie here and more on the local plan and regional strategy is here 


Wagga Wagga

Charles Sturt’s campus at Wagga Wagga is the biggest, dating back to 1892 with the establishment of the Wagga Experiment Farm. Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga – known simply as Wagga to locals – has a proud sporting history, a thriving cultural calendar including theatre, music, art and markets, and a growing restaurant and café scene. The local Council Prospectus has more information about living and working in the largest inland city in New South Wales, and there is a student’s perspective here. A virtual campus tour shows what’s on the campus and students give their own tour in the clip below.



The University campus at Bathurst has around 2.500 students in an historic city environment that is morphing into a smart city.

A University video gives a feel for the campus and region and the local Council prospectus gives more detail and provides a destination guide for visitors.

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