Leadership team

Under the direction of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Learning and Teaching at Monash comprises of academic and professional staff as well as a community of practice working together to achieve the strategic goals of Focus Education.

Professor Susan Elliott AM

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

Professor Susan Elliott leads this dedicated Education Portfolio, and is focused on actively promoting engagement and advocacy in shaping the University’s education agenda.

Professor Susan Elliott joined Monash University in 2017 from The University of Melbourne where she held the position of Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).  Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and her many appointments on national and international committees include immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) – the first Australian and first female academic to be elected to the position. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) International Policy Advisory Committee and she has also served as a Board member for the Australia India Institute. Her academic qualifications include Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, Doctor of Medicine (by thesis), and Graduate Certificates of Higher Education and Health Economics.

Professor Zlatko Skrbiš

Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Recognised internationally for his extensive experience in graduate research training and educational leadership, Professor Zlatko Skrbiš, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is responsible for Monash’s course and curriculum content, education policy, learning and teaching quality and student academic experience. Having first joined Monash in early 2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training), Professor Skrbiš later became the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) before undertaking his current role as Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2017.

As a sociologist with an active and distinguished global research profile, Professor Skrbiš is renowned for his work in the fields of migration, cosmopolitanism, social theory and life-course studies and is currently the Principal Chief Investigator on the multi-wave ARC Discovery Project ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland’.

Professor Kris Ryan

Academic Director, Monash Education Innovation

Professor Kris Ryan is the Academic Director in the Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching. Kris has taught large classes, typically in excess of 300 students, for over a decade. He is known for his animated and highly interactive approach, combined with his use of technology to reach large audiences. He has led course reviews, introduced contemporary teaching approaches, laboratories and novel teaching facilities.

In his role as Academic Director, Kris leads a multi-disciplinary team to establish and implement the university-wide education technology roadmap, and provide academic input into learning and teaching spaces university-wide. Kris has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s award for education excellence and an OLT citation for his contributions to student learning.

Professor Allie Clemans

Academic Director, Monash Education Academy

With a background in teaching, development and planning, Professor Allie Clemans is an educator and researcher in the field of professional learning and lifelong learning at Monash University. She has designed and delivered an extensive range of local and international professional learning programs, building participants’ understanding of ways to engage adult learners and foster learning and leadership.

Allie joins the Education Portfolio after many years in the Faculty of Education, where she was part of the senior Faculty leadership as Associate Dean (Education), responsible for transforming program effectiveness to instil teaching excellence.