Farewell to Professor Terri Joiner

This week we say thank you and farewell to outgoing Executive Dean of Law and Business Professor Terri Joiner, who is retiring on 13 May following eight years of service to ACU.

Professor Joiner has had a significant impact on the Faculty of Law and Business during her time with ACU. She led the strategic change in research culture, which has seen improvement to the ERA research ratings to achieve world standard for both the business management and law disciplines. Law is now ranked in the ‘Top 200’ for research by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), placing ACU in the top 12 law schools in Australia. Professor Joiner has also overseen a major external review of law at ACU, the expansion of law programs from a single campus in Melbourne to four additional campuses, as well as program diversification into migration law and criminology and criminal justice.

With extensive experience in course accreditation, Professor Joiner has successfully managed and leveraged seven disciplinary accreditations in the faculty and one major international accreditation. These accreditations attest to the high quality of law, IT and business courses.

Under Professor Joiner’s leadership, innovation in student engagement has been a focus for the faculty. She has championed initiatives including the Global Virtual Classroom, course embedded Microsoft/Cisco credentials, gamification approach to learning, the Global Social Innovation Challenge, Future Ready: Student Roadmap to Career Success, the Conversation Hour with industry/alumni panelists, Law Mooting Program, and the MBA Veteran’s Transition Program for which faculty staff received the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Medal in 2021.

Interim Provost Professor Meg Stuart said these were just a handful of the many achievements Professor Joiner leaves behind.

“We will miss Professor Joiner’s energy, sense of fun, innovative approaches to challenging situations and her ability to bring out the best in others,” Professor Stuart said.

National Head of the Peter Faber Business School Professor Susan Dann AO has been appointed Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business during the recruitment process for the role.

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