The University of Tasmania’s Provost, Professor Jane Long, has a wealth of senior executive and management experience, depth of sectoral knowledge, and an impressive resume as a working academic and researcher. Her disciplinary background is in modern British history and gender studies.
Professor Long's previous roles were Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of La Trobe University.
At La Trobe, Professor Long’s responsibilities included oversight of the Academic, International, Education, Equity and Indigenous portfolios, and as required, deputising for the Vice-Chancellor.
Like the University of Tasmania, La Trobe is a research-intensive, multi-campus institution with a strong emphasis upon equity, access and the provision of higher education to low SES and regional student cohorts.
An alumna of the University of Western Australia (BA [Hons], MA, PhD), Professor Long joined the teaching staff there in 1995, becoming Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Associate Dean in the Arts Faculty in 2002, and then the pan-university Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 2004. Subsequent executive and senior management roles at UWA included that of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education). She was Winthrop Professor of History from 2008-2012.
At both La Trobe and UWA, Professor Long led numerous initiatives and projects which combined policy development, strategic investment, curriculum implementation, and systemic innovation to promote higher-quality learning, greater social justice and inclusion, alignment of university programs to graduate needs, academic workforce development, and more.
Professor Long has also assumed a range of national leadership and representation roles, chairing both the Universities Australia/Professions Australia working group on guidelines for processes of professional accreditation within universities and UA’s DVC (Academic) Committee, the latter a peer-elected appointment. She was also UA’s nominee to the TEQSA National Reference Group on transition to the new Higher Education Standards. Other senior sectoral roles included membership of the Innovative Research Universities DVC (Academic) Committee and the Group of Eight Universities Academic Policy Committee.
Since 2002 Professor Long has been an active mentor of colleagues, first within the UWA’s Leadership Development for Women program and then as an academic and professional staff mentor at La Trobe.
She is the recipient of two national Carrick Institute for Higher Education Awards, an institutional award for programs that enhance learning and an individual award for outstanding and sustained contribution to student learning.
Professor Long is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.