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Adjunct Professor, Victoria University

Professor Marcia Devlin is an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Previously, she was: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President at Victoria University; Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at RMIT University; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at Federation University Australia; and Executive Director at Open Universities Australia.

Prior to this, she held academic appointments at RMIT University, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Areas of particular expertise include equity, university learning, teaching and assessment, online/digital education, quality assurance and enhancement, academic integrity, student engagement, retention and success, leadership, including women in leadership and governance. She has won over $6 million in funding and given over 100 headline addresses in nine countries. She publishes extensively in academic outlets as well as in print and online media and her work is widely read and highly cited.

Professor Devlin has been elected a Lifetime Fellow of the UK-based Society for Research into Higher Education and is serving a second three-year term as a Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. She is also:
- the Universities Australia nominee on the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education;
- a Ministerial appointee on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority for whom she is chairing the
senior secondary school certification reform committee;
- a non executive director on the board of Melbourne Polytechnic, where she also serves as chair of the Education Quality Committee; and
- on the Editorial Boards of the journals Student Success, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education and Teaching Inquiry.

She was previously a member of the TEQSA Panel of Experts, national Co-Chair of Universities Australia Executive Women and a member of the inaugural National Panel assessing the quality of university teaching in Ireland.

Professor Devlin holds a PhD in higher education (University of Melbourne); a Master of Education (Macquarie University); a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Swinburne University of Technology); a Diploma in Education (La Trobe University) and a Bachelor of Arts (Australian National University). She is a registered psychologist, has completed a course in executive education at Stanford University and is a graduate of the company director's course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • 2019–2020
    Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University
  • 2018–2019
    Senior Vice-President, Victoria University
  • 2017–2018
    Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education , RMIT University
  • 2014–2017
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Quality, Federation University
  • 2008–2012
    Chair (Professor), Deakin University
  • 2012–2012
    Executive Director, Open Universities Australia
  • 2006–2007
    Associate Professor/Director, The University of Melbourne


    Australian National University, B.A.
    La Trobe University , Dip. Ed
    The University of Melbourne, PhD
    Swinburne University of Technology, Grad Dip Appld Psych
    Macquarie University, Master of Education