Professor Marcia Devlin

Professor Marcia Devlin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality)

Professor Marcia Devlin is a Professor of Learning Enhancement and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at Federation University Australia. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, this position contributes to the achievement of the strategic goals of Federation University Australia by providing executive leadership in the following areas:

  • The Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP);
  • Library Services;
  • The Registrar’s Directorate;
  • Policy development and management;
  • Quality assurance and enhancement;
  • Women in Leadership;
  • The Council-endorsed Student Retention and Success strategic initiative; and
  • Transformation of the university’s teaching and learning through the implementation  of the Blended, On-Line and Digital (BOLD) Learning strategy.  

Professor Devlin is a strong and vocal advocate for the transformative role of tertiary education, as both a mechanism for social justice and a driver for regional and national innovation.

An internationally recognised thought leader and expert in higher education, in the past decade she has given more than 220 addresses in nine countries, including more than 70 keynote/headline speeches. She has particular expertise in digital education, the student experience, equity and leadership. She also has extensive experience in governance, strategy development and implementation, risk, human resource and financial management and marketing, media and communications.

Professor Devlin has held leadership and capacity development positions across the tertiary sector over the past 25 years including senior and management positions at Open Universities Australia, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. Actively engaged in the sector nationally and internationally, she has held or currently holds more than 25 honorary/external appointments. She is an elected Lifelong Fellow of the UK-based Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and a Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. In 2015, she was appointed to advise the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ireland. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the TEQSA Register of Experts.

An active researcher with a long history of Commonwealth and other grants, her research informs and produces new higher education policy and practice and she is well known for her writing. A broad and extensive publication record incorporates over 320 publications, including refereed academic outputs; commissioned reports for government, universities and professional associations; and newspaper articles, including opinion pieces in major national papers and her own newspaper column in print and online. Widely read and cited, she has a Google Scholar h-index of 26.

Professor Devlin holds a PhD in higher education and psychology (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 also a registered psychologist and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

To date, Professor Devlin has

  • led the conceptualisation, development and implementation of the:
    • 2015-2017 Blended On-Line and Digital (BOLD) Learning Plan; and
    • 2015-2017 Student Retention and Success Plan;
  • led the conceptualisation of the ‘Student HQ’ concept now underpinning the University’s Student Administration Transformation; and
  • was instrumental in leading the development and endorsement by Reconciliation Australia of the 2015-2017 Reconciliation Action Plan.


Gippsland Campus


Professor Marcia Devlin
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality)
Federation University Australia
PO Box 3191
Gippsland Mail Centre VIC 3841 Australia

Ph:  +61 3 51226571