Associate Professor Michelle Gander

Dean, People and Resources

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (277)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am the Dean (People & Resources) and Deputy Executive Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. As Dean (People & Resources), I am responsible for organisational culture, wellbeing, work health and safety, and workload, with overall accountability for all things people related. As Deputy ED, I am responsible for strategy development and implementation.

I hold a PhD in management from Murdoch University in Perth. I have two Masters degrees, one in environmental science (wastewater treatment) and an MBA in higher education management. My Honours degree was also in environmental science.

I have taught various management topics from foundations of management and governance to organisational behaviour, and organisational design and culture. I have also taught under- and post-graduate research methods.

I am a leading researcher and acknowledged expert in the field of career management within higher education in Australia and the UK. I apply a sociological lens to career theory to extend thinking on how individuals establish and manage their careers within organisational structures and power relationships. I publish in top career journals including Gender, Work and Organisation (Q1, top 10% and ACBD = A), Career Development International (Q1, top 10% and ACBD = B), and Australian Journal of Career Development (ACBD = B).


PhD Managment, Murdoch University, Australia

MBA (Higher Education Management), Institute of Education, UCL, UK

MPhil Environmental Science, Cranfield University, UK

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, University of London, UK

Honours, awards and grants

Promoting Excellence in Learning & Teaching 2022, ANZAM

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, ATEM

Chartered Manager and Fellow, Institute of Managers and Leaders (ANZ)

Key responsibilities

Chair, CHASS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

Chair, Infrastructure Committee (until end of 2023)

Supervisory interests
Academic leadership and management
Career development
Gender equity
Higher education
Leaders and leadership
Sociology of work
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: 3505 (2)
  • careers
  • employability
  • gender equity
  • leadership