John Germov is the Acting Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University. Professor Germov's substantive position at the University is Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).
Prior to joining Charles Sturt, Professor Germov was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts and Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle.
Professor Germov has a Bachelor of Arts from Chisholm Institute of Technology; a Master of Arts (Sociology) from Monash University; a PhD in Sociology from the University of Newcastle; and in 2019 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle. He has also completed the INSEAD Challenge of Leadership executive education program.
Professor Germov has extensive sector leadership experience which includes being the former President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), and member of the Executive Board of the International Sociological Association Award, and in 2016 received an Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) Award for Excellence in People and Culture.
Professor Germov remains research-active, specialising in the social determinants of health, the social origins of food and alcohol habits, workplace change, and historical sociology. He has published numerous books, articles and chapters, with recent books being: Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology (2019, 6e); Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society (2019, 4e), and Hunter Wine: A History (2018), which was awarded Best Wine Book 2018 in the Wine Communicators of Australia Awards, and received a Special Mention in the 2019 Awards of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin.