Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Murdoch University as its first female Vice-Chancellor in 2016, after three years as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong. She has an academic background in linguistics and psychology; and extensive experience in higher education in the UK, Europe and internationally. Her academic research focuses on pragmatic deficits of children with autistic spectrum disorders as well as higher education topics relating to curriculum and use of technology in learning.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Eeva held the position of Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College, University of London. She was formerly the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK where she held a number of other academic leadership positions including Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Director of the Health and Human Sciences Research Institute, Head of the School of Psychology and Head of the School of Humanities.
Eeva has been actively involved in national and international higher education debates and advisory groups, including: Chair of the UK Higher Education Funding Council/Quality Assurance Agency advisory group into Employer Engagement in Learning, Chair of the King’s –Warwick Project, Trustee of IntoUni Charitable Trust; Trustee of the School’s Competition Settlement Trust, Member of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in Australia, Member of the CEOs Council of Open Educational Resources University; Director of University of Wollongong Dubai Ltd.
Since coming to Perth, she has actively engaged in promoting the role of women in leadership and developed strong networks across the business, government and academic spheres.