42 Prof James Barber appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Provost of RMIT University Melbourne

PDAD&C#42, 2005-06



Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
Faculty, Staff and Students in the Faculty of Social Work

From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:  November 28, 2005
Re: Professor James Barber appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost)
of RMIT University, Melbourne


It is with mixed feelings that I announce the appointment of Professor James (Jim) Barber as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.  RMIT University is one of Australia’s leading academic institutions.  It has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education and research.

Professor Barber was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto in 2003, prior to that he was the Director of the Institute for Research in Society and Culture at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.  Under Professor Barber’s leadership the Faculty of Social Work received a successful accreditation report (and was accredited for the maximum years possible).  Professor Barber also led the redesign of the MSW, the development of the Faculty’s Stepping UP plan and has been successful in increasing the Faculty’s research profile.  A particular achievement that we can be especially proud of is the establishment of Canada’s first Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work.

Professor Barber has been an outstanding university citizen.  He has been intimately involved with a variety of institution-wide activities, including the School of Graduate Studies Review Committee, the Task Force on Graduate Education and the Budget Review Task Force.  In addition, he conceived and convened the Single Department Faculty Deans’
Group which has been a highly effective initiative that has not only increased collegiality but has fostered important synergies between the single department Faculties.

Professor Barber will be stepping down as Dean effective December 31, 2005.

On behalf of all his colleagues at the University of Toronto, I would like to wish Jim all the best as he takes on this new challenge in his academic career.