Globally-recognised education leader Dr Marcia Devlin has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership.
From 2022, the Australian-first academy will provide advanced professional development for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools, through centres in Melbourne, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton.
The academy's flagship offering will be the one-year Teaching Excellence Program, which will give up to 500 teachers each year access to the best research in the science of learning. The program will start in Term 1, 2022.
Building on the work of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, the Academy will also offer an expanded suite of leadership programs for government school leaders at every career stage, from emerging and middle leaders to principals and system leaders.
A qualified teacher and registered psychologist, Dr Devlin began her education career as a teacher before moving into the tertiary sector.
Before her most recent role as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University, she held executive and senior roles at Federation University, RMIT University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.
Dr Devlin is a member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board, a non-executive director on the Melbourne Polytechnic Board, and a Trust member of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre.
'I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the new academy focused on teaching and leadership excellence, something that has been a passion of mine throughout my academic career,' Dr Devlin said.