Welcome to our New Interim Dean, Professor Eileen Baldry

8 Jul 2015

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences welcomes Professor Eileen Baldry to the role of Interim Dean.

Eileen is an esteemed researcher in the areas of Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work. She was recently named one of UNSW’s 15 top-performing female researchers whose work is addressing critical challenges to the world’s future.

A pioneer in her field of academic endeavour; Eileen is also leading the way as the only female Dean currently at the University. She has previously held the leadership roles of Associate Dean Education and Deputy Dean in UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

"We’re a progressive Faculty that embraces new ways of thinking and I’m extremely proud to continue that tradition. I’m particularly honoured to do so as the only female Dean currently within the University." says Eileen.

Since joining UNSW in 1993, Eileen has built an impressive portfolio across research and teaching, ensuring her work and leadership has strong social impact.

Eileen is internationally recognised for her prolific research on mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system, homelessness and the transition from prison, Indigenous social work, community development and social housing and disability services.

She holds an outstanding record over the past twenty years as a Chief Investigator on major grants from the ARC, NHMRC and other funding bodies. One of her recent projects, A Future Beyond the Wall, is a project aiming to improve employment outcomes for people leaving prison. She served two terms as President of the NSW Council of Social Services, and in 2009, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW recognised Baldry’s “indefatigable” support for justice-related causes by awarding her its highest honour: the Justice Medal.

Eileen assumes the role from Professor James Donald who ends an outstanding eight and a half year term as Dean of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

To read Professor Eileen Baldry’s full biography please visit her staff profile page.