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Professor of Vocational Education and Training, Federation University Australia

Erica Smith joined Federation University Australia in March 2008. Prior to this she was Professor of Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Charles Sturt University where she was discipline leader in VET and convenor of Charles Sturt University's research grouping RIVET (Research in Vocational Education and Training) from 2003-2008. At the University of Ballarat, Erica was Dean of Graduate Studies from 2008-2010, then Chair of the dual-sector Curriculum Committee. She was appointed to a Personal Chair position in 2013. Erica is the convenor of FedUni’s research group Research in Adult and Vocational Education (RAVE).

Erica is the Associate Dean, Research for the School of Education.

She is Associate Editor of the international journal Education + Training, and a member of the editorial board of four other journals, two of which are international.

Erica has managed over 25 national research projects including four Australian Research Council -funded grants. She is a peer assessor for ARC grants and for the Excellence in Research Australia exercise, and for funding schemes in other countries.

Erica's work has been cited in government inquiries many times, she has advised international governments, and she is frequently invited to speak to practitioner audiences. She has been the member of many national working parties in VET and in higher education.
Erica is a member of the Education Industry Reference Committee, which has the responsibility of developing Training Packages for the Education Industry and reports to the Australian Industry Skills Committee.

In addition to her academic career, which began in 1993, Erica has worked as a personnel manager in industry, TAFE teacher, community worker, manager of a Registered Training Organisation and Executive Director of a State Industry Training Advisory Board.


  • –present
    Professor, Federation University