Field Rickards was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne in August 2004. Prior to this appointment he was President of the Academic Board and Pro Vice-Chancellor.
He joined the Faculty of Education in 1989 from the Department of Otolaryngology in the Faculty of Medicine, having been appointed to the University of Melbourne as lecturer in 1973 to establish Australia’s first post-graduate training in audiology in 1974. He was appointed to Professor of Education of the Hearing-Impaired in 1994.
As Dean, he has guided the transformation of the Faculty of Education to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and the reform of the professional education of teachers with the introduction of the new Master of Teaching program.