Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, RMIT University

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Melb), GAICD

Professor Alcorn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, joined RMIT University as Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences in July 2002, and was appointed to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Technology in 2003. She was previously Professor of Anatomy and Head of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining RMIT University, Professor Alcorn was closely involved in the development of interactive multimedia teaching programs and has instituted programs that develop student-learning responsibility.

A firm believer of underpinning teaching with current research and scholarship experience, Professor Alcorn has a broad-based teaching and learning experience in health and life sciences and has employed a variety of teaching and learning methods across small and large groups of students. She has played strong administrative and management roles in teaching and research that have focused on planning and policy development for maintaining the quality of scholarship.

Professor Alcorn is a regular member of accreditation teams of the Australian Medical Council and has contributed to reviews of the medical programs at the University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania, University of Adelaide and Bond University.

Professor Alcorn currently serves on the Board of Museum Victoria and is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Research and Collections Committee of Museum of Victoria.

As a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and Chair of the NHMRC Fellowships Committee 2000-2003, Professor Alcorn sought to deliver principles for funding support of career progression in health and medical research, with the development of extensive guidelines.

Professor Alcorn was appointed as Chair of the Victorian Cancer Agency in July 2007, to implement research strategies for Victoria.


  • 2008–present
    Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, RMIT University
  • 2003–2008
    Pro Vice Chancellor Science, Engineering and Technology, RMIT University


  • 1978 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD