The ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) is proud to announce the recent fulfillment of two senior academic positions at the College. Commencing January 2017, Associate Professor Maria Racionero has taken-up the position of Associate Dean (HDR), and Associate Professor Emma Schultz the Associate Dean (Research).
Both AProf Racionero and AProf Schultz bring with them a wealth of experience, including extensive involvement with the ANU and CBE, to their new positions.
AProf Racionero began work at ANU in 2002. In the 15 years since then, she has held the positions of the School Honours Convenor 2009-2014, the Chair of the Research and HDR School Committee 2014-2015, College Research Committee member for Economics and Co-Chair of the ERA2015 Economics panel, and the Chair of the College WHS Committee from June 2014 to May 2016.
“I’m excited to be able to contribute to the CBE in the role of Associate Dean (HDR), and will work towards ensuring and enhancing the integrity the excellence of the HDR programs,” says AProf Racionero.
“As an academic who completed a PhD and as supervisor and member of PhD panels, I understand the challenges that HDR students face. I will endeavour to continue to improve the HDR experience for both students and supervisors, building on the great work of my recent predecessors,” she said.
AProf Schultz’s relationship with ANU spans three decades, beginning in the 1990s when she completed undergraduate studies in Commerce. Upon graduation, Emma left Canberra and worked in the private sector before returning to academia to complete her PhD.
Towards the end of her doctorate, AProf Schultz accepted an Associate Lecturer position at the College, where she has continued her academic career ever since. She is currently an AProf in Finance, and has had extensive governance responsibilities including Deputy Director (Research) of the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics (RSFAS), founder and chair or the CBE research Database Advisory Group, and Member of the ANU Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Self-Assessment Team.
Like AProf. Racionero, AProf Schultz is looking forward to contributing to CBE in her new position.
She says, “My previous research service, most recently as RSFAS Deputy Director (Research), has highlighted to me the diversity in both the research undertaken within the College and in the infrastructure needed to support it. It has also allowed me to understand the rapidly changing landscape in which the funding needed to provide this infrastructure is allocated and how the quality of the College’s output is assessed.
“I look forward to harnessing the expertise of all four schools at CBE to make sure that, through its output, the College is recognised internationally as a centre for high-impact research.”
CBE, along with AProf Racionero and AProf Schultz, would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to AProf Tim Higgins - previously Acting Associate Dean (HDR), and Professor Shirley Gregor - previously Associate Dean (Research), for their tireless efforts in these roles.