Welcome to a new academic year

It’s a fresh new year and Flinders in Touch welcomes returning staff and commencing employees, including several senior appointments in 2019.

Professor Alistair Rendell is the new Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Profiled in an article last year, he brings significant leadership experience, teamed with research expertise in high-performance computing and a strong history of attracting industry support to university research ventures.  He joins Flinders from an impressive 23-year career at Australian National University.

Professor Christopher Kee joins the College of Business, Government and Law as the new Dean of Education, and Professor of Law. He was recently Professor of Law, Chair and Dean of Post Graduate Taught Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and is a Director of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Having initially commenced his career in law practice, he transitioned to the tertiary sector and has held academic roles in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Scotland before coming to Flinders.

Associate Professor Alison Jones is the new Dean (Education) in the College of Medicine and Public Health. She was previously the Director of Medical Education and Research at SA Health, where she managed the postgraduate medical council (The South Australian Medical Education and Training Unit) and activities related to training and developing the medical workforce.

Associate Professor Jones has held an academic appointment with Flinders University since 2011 and is on a number of national committees including the National Medical Training Advisory Network, Canberra Region Medical Education Council, Australian Medical Council’s Prevocational Accreditation Committee and Intern Training Framework Review Working Party. She is also a member and previous chair of the SA Health Gender Equality and Diversity Steering Committee, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Doctors’ Health SA in August 2018.

Professor Saul Newman will commence his new position as Dean People and Resources on 25 March, joining Flinders University from Goldsmith College in London, where he was Head of Department.

As a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Professor Newman’s research focuses on continental political theory as applied to a study of contemporary forms of radical politics. His teaching expertise is in political theory and the history of political thought. Professor Newman has published extensively on post-anarchist theory, radical political movements and networks, the politics of securitisation, deconstructive approaches to sovereignty and law, and the politics of violence. He has authored or co-authored 59 publications, his most recent being the book Political Theology: A Critical Introduction (2018).


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