Faculty of Science appoints Professor Richard Reina as new Associate Dean Education
Congratulations to Professor Richard Reina from the School of Biological Sciences on his appointment as Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Science.
Professor Reina will commence the appointment on 1 January 2022, replacing Associate Professor Chris Thompson from the School of Chemistry, who has been in the role since 1 January 2016.
The Associate Dean Education is a member of the Faculty Executive team and drives the education strategy as well as promoting innovative learning and teaching and fostering an excellent student experience.
Professor Reina joined the School of Biological Sciences in 2003 as a lecturer after completing a PhD in animal ecophysiology at ANU and a postdoc in the USA.
He has taught zoology, marine biology and tropical biology in lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratory sessions and field camps. Professor Reina currently heads the Ecophysiology and Conservation group, researching the impact of human and environmental challenges on marine species including sea turtles, sharks and penguins, with a focus on using this information for their management and conservation. He has also received numerous Faculty, University and National education awards.
“I am delighted to welcome Professor Reina as our new Associate Dean Education,” said Faculty of Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash.
“Professor Reina has led the teaching program as the Director of Education in Biological Sciences for much of the past decade and has fostered a culture that encourages, supports and recognises teaching excellence,” he said.
“I would also like to thank Associate Professor Thompson for his outstanding contribution to the role over the last six years.
“As Associate Dean Education, Associate Professor Thompson focussed on increasing opportunities for our students to enhance their graduate employability. He also navigated the Faculty through two COVID years where we pivoted to online teaching.”
Professor Reina said he was excited to join the leadership team and promote the interests of the Faculty of Science throughout the University.
“We are very fortunate to have so many talented, enthusiastic and engaging educators in the Faculty and I aim to give everyone the opportunity to succeed and excel, building upon the great work that Associate Professor Thompson has done,” Professor Reina said.