Prof. Field Rickards

Role: HEARing CRC Board - Nominee Director

Professor Field Rickards was Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne August 2004 – July 2017. On concluding this role he became Dean Emeritus¬†and continues his focus on education reform through the Melbourne School of Government and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.¬†Prior to these roles, he was President of the Academic Board and Pro Vice-Chancellor. He joined the Faculty of Education in 1989 from the Department of Otolaryngology in the Faculty of Medicine, having been first appointed to the University of Melbourne as a lecturer in 1973 to lead Australia’s first post-graduate training in audiology in 1974. He was appointed to Professor of Education of the Hearing-Impaired in 1994.

Professor Rickards joined the Faculty of Education in 1989 from the Department of Otolaryngology in the Faculty of Medicine, having been first appointed to the University of Melbourne as a lecturer in 1973 to lead Australia’s first post-graduate training in audiology in 1974. He was appointed to Professor of Education of the Hearing-Impaired in 1994.

From 1994 to 2000 he served as Head of Department. He has been a member of various Faculty, Academic Board, University and University Council Committees and was Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (1999-2001). He is currently a Governor of the Deafness FoundationVictoria as well as a Director at the Bionics Institute. He is Chairman of the Asia Education Foundation Board.