University bids farewell to a professor with a passion for research
21 APRIL 2009
Raising the research profile of CSU is one of the legacies of outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) Professor Paul Burnett.
Raising the research profile of Charles Sturt University is one of the legacies of outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) Professor Paul Burnett. His last day in the role, which is based at Wagga Wagga Campus, is Friday, 24 April.
Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University, Professor Ian Goulter, said Professor Burnett would be sorely missed.
“His legacy will be a significantly enhanced external research profile for the University and a significantly greater understanding and commitment to new knowledge generation and innovation.
“His warm and enthusiastic personal style will be greatly missed,” he said.
Professor Burnett joined Charles Sturt University in January 1999 as the head of the School of Teacher Education. In February 2001, he was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Graduate Training, and in late 2007 that position was renamed to his current role. His responsibilities include heading the University’s Centre for Research and Graduate Training and being responsible for the administration of research and research training at Charles Sturt University.
Professor Burnett played a key role in a new system assessing the quality and impact of research. He chaired one of the 13 assessment panels for the Research Quality Framework in 2007. He headed the Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurological, Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences panel.
He has five degrees, is a counsellor, counselling psychologist and educational and developmental psychologist. He will soon begin a new research capacity building role at the Queensland University of Technology.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Goulter said: “Given the importance of Research to the University Strategy 2007-2011, the University has been actively working on recruiting a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research).”
Professor Burnett said: “I have enjoyed my role at CSU and am particularly proud of the academic and general staff's terrific contribution to the University's growth in research activity including increasing research income and producing high quality publications.”