Changes are afoot in the School of Humanities with the appointment of a new Head of School, Professor Chris Lee.
Returning to his home town of Brisbane to take up the post earlier this year, Chris says he’s looking forward to continuing to build on the strengths of the School.
“The School of Humanities is a great school with an excellent reputation,” he said.
“My role is to build on these strengths and add value in terms of some new initiatives.”
And despite only being in the role a few weeks, Chris is already involved in revising and relaunching key undergraduate programs as well as a series of postgraduate coursework.
“Through our programs we seek to build people for the challenges of a new technology driven century,” Chris said.
He said, that Humanities graduates made a valuable contribution to the world and enjoyed tremendous success in a range of professions from business, law, education, public service, government and community engagement.
“Humanities graduates succeed in the world in jobs that make a difference. They enjoy the challenge of difference and are adept at crossing boundaries in ways that open up the world. They have the skills and capacity to adapt to change and that well prepares them for the challenges of the future.
Chris is also working with the School to build upon the professional development and research engagement initiatives currently in place for research and higher degree students, and early career researchers.
He has strong experience in staff development for early and mid-career researchers, and brings a great deal of higher education experience in relation to the flexible delivery of programs to his role as Head of School.
Chris has 26 years tertiary teaching experience spread across five universities, and has been involved in course and program development at all levels, for both face-to-face, mixed mode and online delivery.
He is also a former national President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and a founding editor of its internationally refereed journal JASAL.