Professor Deborah West

Vice-President and Executive Dean

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (4.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I joined Flinders University in August 2017 as Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation) with a wide range of responsibilites including oversight of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching. In 2021 I moved into the Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) role before moving into the role of Vice President and Executive Dean, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work in 2022.

Prior to joining Flinders University I worked in a variety of roles in several Australian Universities in my disciplinary areas of sociology and social work including head of discipline, head of school and then in broader Faculty/College and University wide roles such as Associate Dean and Director of Learning and Teaching. My focus throughout the years has been on learning and teaching innovation and improvement in both curriculum design and teaching practice and in particular the use of educational technology in higher education.

I have published extensively in the fields of social work, learning and teaching leadership, the use of eductional technology and learning analytics. I have led both Australian Research Council grants and Australian Government funded learning and teaching research projects (through the former ALTC and OLT). Such projects have included national and international research projects on learning analytics.


BA (hons) University of Toronto

MSW - Flinders University

PhD - Flinders University

GAICD - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Honours, awards and grants

2015  ASCILITE Conference, Best Full Conference Paper Award, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

2011  Mary Moylan NT Social Worker of the Year, Australian Association of Social Workers (NT)

2009  Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for leadership in curriculum development, Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for University Teaching

2009  Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and Learning, Charles Darwin University

2008  Dean’s Research Award for outstanding research contribution to the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education, Health, Science & Engineering, Charles Darwin University                       

2001  South Australian Premier’s Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning through the Centre for Lifelong Learning and Development in support of PhD.

Key responsibilities

My current responsibilities include leadership of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: International Development (1)
Principal supervisor: Social Work (-2)