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).

Prior to this I worked in a variety of roles in my disciplinary areas of sociology and social work including head of discipline, head of school at several Australian Universities. In more recent years I took on the role of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and subsequently Director of Learning and Teaching Charles Darwin University. My focus throughout the years has been on learning and teaching innovation and improvement 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

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 Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching which includes university wide support for educational quality, online learning and teaching, work integrated learning. I also oversee the Student Transition Office, Student Learning Centre and Careers and Employabilty teams.

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