Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education)

DVC S&E Personal Profile

David Sadler

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education) heads up a large Division whose vision is to enable quality learning and student experiences at the University of Tasmania. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies aimed at achieving the Divisional and broader University of Tasmania vision and priorities as outlined in Open to Talent and a number of supporting strategic documents, including:

Professor David Sadler joined the University of Tasmania in January 2011 from the UK where he was one of the Directors of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The HEA has responsibility to develop excellence in learning and teaching and works to achieve the best student experience. David had responsibility for the UK subject centre network.

He led many initiatives in the areas of student engagement; education for sustainable development; open education resources (OERs); technology enhanced learning and increased social inclusion in Higher Education. These remain his passions and will inform his approach to a student-centred focus to learning and teaching at the University of Tasmania.

David is a former Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the UK Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (CSAP). He is a UK National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his work on innovative role-play teaching techniques in the social sciences and held two Jean Monnet awards for his teaching. David's research areas include international relations, with a particular specialism on international crises: one of his role-plays gets students to participate in a reconstruction of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In November 2011 David was appointed to the national Strategic Advisory Board of the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). He is also Deputy Chair of the OLT Grants Committee. In 2013 OLT invited David to act as Master of Ceremonies at the national Australian Awards for University Teaching ceremony and again at the 2014 national OLT conference with the theme: learning and teaching for our times – higher education in the digital era.

David was published in The Conversation in 2012 on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses): How Australian universities can play in the MOOCs market and in 2014 will have a shared chapter on MOOCs published by MIT Press.

David is also a member of the Universities Australia (UA) Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) executive group, the UA Standing Group on Quality, and the UA representative on the Higher Education Equity Group.