Professor Toni Downes commenced as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) of Charles Sturt University in July 2015.
Professor Downes holds a PhD in Education from the University of Western Sydney, a Master Education from the University of Toronto, Canada and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Downes was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. Prior to this she was Head of the School of Education and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Western Sydney.
Professor Downes taught for over 25 years at all levels including undergraduate, postgraduate, and research higher degrees. She has developed and taught courses in pedagogy, curriculum and educational leadership with a particular focus on the use of new digital technologies. Prior to this she was an educational consultant and classroom teacher in the government and non-government school sectors.
The focus of her research, scholarship and professional engagement has been on improving educational outcomes in universities, schools and early childhood settings through the effective use of digital technologies, and also in teacher education policy and practice. Her scholarly work has included numerous research and professional projects, over 70 publications, many keynote addresses, professional presentations and workshops and over $1 million in research grants and consultancies. Professor Downes has been a keynote or distinguished speaker at international conference in New Zealand, US, England, Switzerland, Hungary, PNG, Thailand, Hong Kong, Wales, China, Finland and Norway.