A senior University academic, Professor Janelle Allison, has been appointed to the newly-created position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional Development).
Vice-Chacellor Professor Peter Rathjen said the appointment is a major investment in academic leadership and support for the Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses, with the aim being to build on regional strengths and to drive investment and community engagement.
Prof Allison is currently director of both the Institute for Regional Development http://www.utas.edu.au/ird/ and the Cradle Coast Campus http://www.cradle-coast.utas.edu.au/ in Burnie. With a background in geography and regional planning, she has worked extensively with regional communities within Australia, as well as in Africa and Indonesia.
Her particular research focus is on regional and rural areas and how best to position high-quality niche regional enterprises in the global economy.
“Professor Allison has taught in a range of settings including rural community development and, more recently, the Bachelor of Regional Resource Management on Cradle Coast Campus,” Prof Rathjen said.
“In recent years she has also focused her interest on alternative participation strategies and entry pathways to learning – a critical issue for Tasmania’s regional areas.”
As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional Development), with a specific focus on the Launceston http://www.international.utas.edu.au/static/campusInformation/launcestonCampusInfo.php and Cradle Coast campuses, Prof Allison will be responsible for campus development, strengthening academic programs, fostering partnerships and community engagement. She will be supported by a team of senior academic and administrative leaders with skills in community engagement, campus development, business and stakeholder relations, and communications and media.
“Strengthening our regional campuses, engaging more deeply with local communities and identifying the most promising areas of academic opportunity are vital to the future of the University and its contribution to Tasmania,” Prof Rathjen said.
Prof Allison said she was looking forward to working with the Northern and North-Western communities to develop innovative partnerships and to increase engagement with the University.
Photo: (From left to right) Professor David Rich, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Regional Development) Professor Janelle Alison, Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Bailey.