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 relations, specialising in the history of poverty and the welfare state. Teaching for many years the history of modern Europe from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, she has also researched and published in areas relating to the cultural and political impact of digital technologies, with a particular focus on notions of identity.
In relation to the Australian higher education sector, Professor Long is passionate about gender equity and diversity, with a strong commitment to values-based, people-centred leadership. She draws on that context to inform her current work on the University of Tasmania’s People Strategy.
Professor Long's previous roles included Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University, and senior central and faculty-based leadership at the University of Western Australia.
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.
As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Melbourne’s La Trobe University, itself a multi-campus institution, Professor Long’s responsibilities included oversight of the Academic, International, Education, Library, Equity and Indigenous portfolios, and deputy to the Vice-Chancellor.
In her career, Professor Long has 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.
She has also assumed a wide 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 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.
Professor Long has been an active mentor of colleagues, and is the recipient of two national Carrick Institute for Higher Education Awards: the institutional award for programs that enhance learning in postgraduate education; 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.