Joyce KIRK

Consultant and Emeritus Professor
RMIT University
Joyce KIRK

Following appointments as a secondary school teacher, Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk moved into the tertiary education sector as a Lecturer at Goulburn Teachers College in New South Wales. She then pursued her interests in library and information management with appointments at Riverina College of Advanced Education, now Charles Sturt University, and at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, now the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Professor Kirk has held senior leadership and executive positions as Head of School, Associate Dean and Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she also served as Chair of the Academic Board. She also held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at RMIT where she was responsible for academic policies, services to students and the quality of the student experience beyond the teaching programs. Professor Kirk's most recent appointment was President RMIT Vietnam and since 2014 she has been working as a consultant.

Professor Kirk's consultancy projects as both a sole consultant and a team member have included reviews of academic and corporate governance and of academic units and academic boards, policy reviews of academic promotion, pathways and credit transfer, quality audits of an overseas university and overseas colleges of an Australian institution, an audit of compliance with legislation governing international students, the validation of professional recognition of courses, the development of quality assurance standards for a professional body, and a survey of sources of funding for research. Most of these projects have been commissioned by large and small public universities and private higher education providers.

Professor Kirk has been appointed to several quality assurance and accreditation agencies and has acted as chair, panel member or adviser for institutional reviews, provider registration, quality audits and the accreditation of programmes of study. These agencies have included the Australian Universities Quality Assurance Agency (AUQA) where Professor Kirk was among the first group of auditors appointed, the Higher Education Committee of the Victorian Ministry for Education and training, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and the Higher Education Panel of the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities. Professor Kirk is registered currently as an expert with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia and as a Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation and Academic and Vocational Qualifications.