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.

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 had a shared chapter on MOOCs published by MIT Press.

David chairs the Universities Australia (UA) Academic Integrity Working Group, and is the UA Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) representative on the UA Standing Group on Quality. He is also a member of the UA Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching Taskforce, the Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research Steering Group, the Steering Group for Global Mindset and is a founding member of the international OERu Management Group. David also chairs the Fulbright Tasmania Selection Committee.