DVC (Research) Southern Cross University
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University in August 2014, and has strategic responsibility for all research functions, including government and industry partnerships, and research training. She is directly responsible for the Office of Research, the Graduate School, Southern Cross GeoScience, Southern Cross Plant Science and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory, a commercial research enterprise.
From 2009-2014 she held senior executive positions at Bond University: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law. In 2007 and 2008 she was Foundation Head, School of Law at the University of Southern Queensland, and from 1989-2007 she held various roles in the QUT Faculty of Law, including Director Undergraduate Programs, co-founder Criminal Justice Research Program, and served on QUT Council for nine years. At QUT she led an award winning interactive multimedia learning project, one of Australia's first, and has specific expertise on distance learning and pedagogy, including while at USQ pioneering student learning using virtual worlds. In 2006 she was awarded QUT's postgraduate teaching award.
Before joining QUT, she held government and legal roles, including as a principal in private practice. She holds a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales, and Bachelor and Masters degrees in Law from QUT.
Professor Mackenzie is currently Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC/PVC Research group (member since 2011), and Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women. Previously she was Chair, Regional Universities Network Research group, Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, ARC College of Experts, Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Management, as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She currently holds Board appointments with Intersect Australia Limited, and PACT Foundation Limited.
Her research interests are in sentencing and public policy, and in 2009 she was commissioned by the Queensland Government to investigate and develop a new criminal defence for victims of domestic violence who kill their abusers, which was later passed into Australia-first legislation in 2010. She also led Australia's largest ever public opinion survey in confidence in the courts in 2008-2011, funded by the ARC. In 2010 she was appointed as Foundation Chair, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council. A Barrister-at-Law, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Her professional research includes foundation author of both Summary Offences Law and Practice Queensland, and the Queensland Sentencing Manual.