Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Professor Betty Leask is an internationally recognised leader in higher education specialising in the internationalization of higher education, including internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching and learning and international student services. Betty’s career in higher education spans nearly 30 years. She is currently Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Vice President and Professor of Internationalization at La Trobe University, Melbourne. In this role she is responsible for leadership of university policy and strategy development on all aspects of teaching and learning, including curriculum innovation and change, quality assurance and improvement, internationalisation of the curriculum, blended and online learning, graduate employability and graduate outcomes. She also has oversight of international strategy and offshore student recruitment at La Trobe University.

Betty is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the premiere forum for higher education leaders, administrators, educators, researchers and policy makers interested in all facets of the internationalization of higher education. She is an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization, Universita Cattolica del Sacre Cuore in Milan, and a former member of Board of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

Betty’s research into internationalization has been used to inform policy and practice in over 20 countries. She has authored over 50 publications and is sought internationally as a consultant and speaker. She has given over 100 invited presentations and keynotes. In 2016 Betty was awarded the Tony Adams Award for Research in International Education by the EAIE and in 2015 she received the IEAA Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education.  In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Government Senior National teaching fellowship on Internationalization of the Curriculum in Action in which she engaged academic staff in different disciplines in internationalization of the curriculum. This work resulted in the development of a conceptual framework of internationalization of the curriculum of relevance to university and disciplinary leaders, scholars, curriculum designers and teachers and a number of related publications, including her latest book, Internationalization of the Curriculum, published in 2015 by Routledge.