Overview of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Associate Professor Erica Wilson
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Acting
Associate Professor Erica Wilson

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) focuses on supporting the academic enterprise of the University, and in conjunction with Academic Board, has oversight of the academic portfolio and quality of academic delivery and has University wide responsibility for teaching and learning renewal.

Reporting into the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) portfolio are:

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Business and Tourism
  • School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • School of Law and Justice
  • SCU College
  • Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • Office of Planning Quality and Review

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Office includes Chaplaincy and the Student Advocacy Service (SAS) services.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) - Acting
Associate Professor Erica Wilson

Associate Professor Erica Wilson completed her PhD on women’s travel experiences at Griffith University in 2004. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in environmental studies (University of Adelaide, 1998), and a first-class honours degree in tourism administration (James Cook University, 1996).

Prior to the role of Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Erica has held a number of academic leadership and course management positions, including Associate to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic); Acting Dean and Head, School of Business and Tourism; Deputy Head of School (School of Business and Tourism; School of Tourism and Hospitality Management); School Director of Teaching and Learning; School Director of Higher Degree Research and Training; Honours Program Coordinator, and Course Coordinator.

Erica has published over 80 scholarly outputs in the field of tourism studies, particularly gendered and critical perspectives on tourism (and the teaching of tourism), and the advocacy for qualitative methodologies.  She has co-edited two books: 'Women and Travel: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives' (2017) and 'Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities' (2012).

Erica currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Hospitality and Society, the Journal of Tourism and Development, and the Annals of Leisure Research (where she was also Associate Editor and Book Reviews Editor from 2008-2015). From 2006 to 2015, Erica was a member of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Technical and Scientific and Advisory Committee.

As part of a team, Erica was awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014 ('Education for Sustainability in the Undergraduate Business Curriculum'), and a Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2012. Erica is an active and experienced HDR supervisor, having supervised 8 PhDs, 2 Masters and 8 Honours theses successfully through to completion.  She was awarded the Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Fellows Award in 2013 for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Research and Teaching.