Leadership team

Professor Susan Elliott | 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.

Full bio available at: monash.edu/about/structure/senior-staff/deputy-vice-chancellor-and-vice-president-education


Professor Kris Ryan | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Professor Ryan 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 Jacinta Elston | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)

Professor Jacinta Elston, an Aboriginal woman from Townsville in North Queensland is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Monash University. She is the current Chair of Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control. Her career has focused on Indigenous health and Indigenous higher education, and she has contributed many years of service on state and federal ministerial appointments, and the boards of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

Professor Elston joined Monash University in February 2018 from James Cook University Townsville.  Professor Elston is leading implementation of the University’s 12-year framework for Indigenous education. Professor Elston is spearheading a plan to grow the number of Indigenous academic, researchers and leaders.


Professor Allie Clemans | Academic Director, Teaching and Learning

She leads the Monash Education Academy. Before her appointment as Academic Director, Allie was the Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Education at Monash. Allie has extensive experience teaching in the area of adult education and training and in educational research, having taught at graduate and undergraduate levels. She has received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and for Programs that Enhance Student Learning.

Allie has designed and led significant professional learning programs locally and internationally for educational leaders. Her research focuses on effective professional learning and practice within a range of learning learning contexts and around the polices of lifelong learning and employability.


Professor Margaret Hay | Academic Director, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) | Director, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education

Professor Hay is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and an AHPRA registered psychologist with specialist endorsement in Health Psychology. She has won a number of teaching prizes, including a Dean's Award for Teaching Innovation for her work in MBBS Assessment. Professor Hay is an internationally renowned educator in Professional and Continuing Education in the health professions across a range of disciplines.

Professor Hay is Leader of External Programs, course advisor, and member of faculty for the Harvard Macy Institute. She is a member of the course advisory committee for the Harvard Medical School Master's in Medical Education degree, and a member of the Association of Medical Educators Europe (AMEE) Research Committee, where she is Network Lead for the Research Paper Program.


Dr Gregory Cusack | Director, Academic Programs

As the Director Academic Programs Dr Cusack oversees coursework strategy for Monash including undergraduate, postgraduate and online education, to ensure the University’s sustainable growth.  This portfolio includes course approvals and reviews, entry standards, as well as a suite of online delivery partnerships. Dr Cusack is also the Interim Associate Dean Education for the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School in Suzhou, P.R. China, and was previously the Associate Dean Education Development in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr Cusack led the development of the first ever Graduate Coursework Strategy at Monash (2014-2018). This contributed to Monash doubling its graduate coursework load four years before Monash’s original target.


Dr Catherine Burnheim | Director, Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Catherine Burnheim leads coordination and development of strategy and planning across the Education Portfolio, as well as overseeing communications and resource management. Catherine has held roles in strategy, policy and research in student equity, pathways, evaluation and planning at Monash University, RMIT University and La Trobe University.

Her doctoral research examined research-intensive universities’ external engagement with government, industry and community. In 2016, she co-edited with Andrew Harvey and Matt Brett, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, Singapore).