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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Monash University

Professor Kris Ryan was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2019, and leads a portfolio which includes student experience, diversity and inclusion, education innovation, education policy and HEPPP (Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program) funding.

Prior to his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Kris was the Academic Director of Monash Education Innovation. During this time, he led a multi-disciplinary team to establish and implement the university-wide education technology roadmap and contributed to the design of innovative learning and teaching spaces across Monash. The technology roadmap has resulted in the implementation of novel opportunities to be creative and to connect education theory to practice, such as MoVE (Monash Virtual Environment), micro-sized recording studios and live audience response systems.

Kris continues to be involved in the reinvention of the on-campus experience at Monash, and recently, contributed to the design of the Woodside Building, which houses an interactive tiered collaborative space that accommodates 360 people, and is one of the most efficient and innovative teaching buildings of its type in the world. Prior to this, Kris worked on the design of the award-winning Learning and Teaching Building, a product of years of research and design thinking, which harnesses innovative technology to enable a truly collaborative learning experience.

In addition, Kris has led the university’s transition to authentic online assessment, including the delivery of 90,000 eAssessment sittings. He and his team are now working to move 100% of exams and assessments online, making the most of specialised software computing in the cloud.

During his time at Monash, Kris has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Education Excellence and an Office of Learning and Teaching citation for his contributions to student learning.


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    Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Monash University