Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) appointed

UNSW has announced the appointment of Professor Geoff Crisp as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).

Scientia building

UNSW's Scientia building

UNSW has announced the appointment of Professor Geoff Crisp as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).

Professor Crisp joins UNSW from RMIT University, where he is currently Dean, Learning and Teaching.

Commencing in February 2016, Professor Crisp will play a pivotal leadership role in the development and implementation of the educational components of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.

“We are absolutely delighted to appoint Geoff to this important new position. He will play a central role in the development and delivery of the UNSW Scientia Educational Experience, a task his background prepares him for extremely well,” Professor Iain Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said.

Development of the Scientia Educational Experience is a key priority of the University’s new 10-year strategy. The innovative model aims to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital campuses using the best learning technologies available. It will offer students more flexible degrees built around a three semester academic year.


A distinguished chemist, Professor Crisp developed his passion for learning and teaching at the University of Adelaide, where he was Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Science (1999-2001) before taking up the position of Director of the Online Learning and Teaching Unit to oversee the implementation of Adelaide’s online system (MyUni).

Professor Crisp made the permanent move to educational and academic development and online learning when he was appointed Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development in 2002. He received the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching) in 1999; the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education in 2003 and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships in 2006 and 2009 among other awards.

“I am excited by the opportunity to work with colleagues at UNSW to implement the strategic vision of ensuring UNSW is a research and teaching intensive institution and a global leader of change and innovation. My passion is to enhance the student experience and their graduate outcomes. It is a privilege to be able to join the University and work on its ambitious journey to be a world-class institution in both research and teaching,” Professor Crisp said.

With a BSc (Honours, First Class) from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Chemistry from ANU, Professor Crisp completed a Humboldt Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim an der Ruhr and postdoctoral positions at Colorado State University and ANU. In 1985 he took up his first academic appointment in the Chemistry Department at the University of Melbourne. In 1988 he moved to the University of Adelaide and continued discipline research and teaching until 2001.