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ECU Professor named first Australian director on international board

Monday, 18 August 2008


Professor Cobie Rudd, Edith Cowan University's (ECU) Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, is the first Australian to be appointed to the International Board of Directors for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).

The IARSLCE is an international, non-profit organisation devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement.

The announcement of Professor Rudd's appointment was made on Monday, 18 August following a global ballot.

Professor Rudd, who is also ECU's Chair in Mental Health Nursing, will attend the next IARSLCE conference and Board meeting in New Orleans in October. She will also be assigned a leadership role within the Board during September.

Her appointment to the IARSLCE Board will assist in building collaborations between institutions in the United States and Canada with those in Australia, and in particular ECU.

Since her appointment as Head of School, Professor Rudd has worked to establish strong alliances with community and industry organisations. These partnerships provide students with the opportunity to do all their clinical practice in one setting if they choose, or travel to regional and remote WA.

Professor Rudd says she was thrilled to learn of her appointment.

"Community engagement has become a strong focus across Australia's higher education sector and I'm delighted to be the first Australian appointed to the IARSLCE Board" she said.

"We'll be working towards building strong relationships with institutions in the United States and Canada, and opening up new learning and research opportunities for all Australian universities."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said that Professor Rudd's appointment reflects her outstanding work in building mutually beneficial relationships with industry.

"Professor Rudd's work is just one example of how teaching and research at ECU are inspired by engagement and partnerships," he said.

"This is an exceptional achievement for Professor Rudd and ECU, particularly in our quest for greater community engagement."

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