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Executive Dean (BELA)

Professor Barbara de la Harpe

 Professor Barbara de la Harpe - Executive Dean BELA
Professor Barbara de la Harpe
Executive Dean (BELA)

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts is responsible for providing strategic direction as well as leadership and management of the functions and schools in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. The Faculty comprises the Schools of Commerce; Management and Enterprise; Education; Law and Justice; and Humanities and Arts; and Creative Arts. The Executive Dean also manages the College of Indigenous Studies, Education and Research.


Barbara commenced at USQ as Executive Dean, Faculty of Business Education, Law and Arts in 2014.

Prior to joining USQ she held a number of senior leadership roles in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, including Interim/Acting Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Dean (Academic Development) and Associate Professor and Director Teaching Quality.

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Educations Sector. She has an outstanding and sustained record of successfully leading and championing learning and teaching and has significant standing for her research in the field of Higher Education that has been recognized by numerous awards, including an ALTC citation ‘For specialist expertise and leadership in professional development support for academic staff’.

Her research and publications are in the areas of Higher Education teaching and learning, including transformation of practice in studio teaching, assessment and generic skills; academic staff professional development and change management. She has been the leader of 4 Office of Learning and Teaching Council Grants (Cat 1, ARC equivalent).

Memberships and affiliations

Professor de la Harpe serves as a Board member of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and assumed the role of Chair of the RUN Executive Women (RUN EW) Group.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 4631 2316
Executive Assistant: Meg Cooke