Professor Sue Kilpatrick was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Rural and Regional) in Feburary 2009. She has had a career long interest in rural and regional development through education and research. Prior to joining Deakin University she was Director of the Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Chair of the Australian Rural Health Education Network and previously Director of the Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia.
Professor Kilpatrick has a PhD in the Economics of Education and a Master of Economics in Labour Economics. She is passionate about higher education access for rural and remote students and lifelong learning. Her research interests are education and learning in rural and regional Australia, rural health systems, social capital, rural workforce, community participation, learning for natural resource management and primary industry, and community leadership. She has over 150 publications and has received numerous research grants in these areas besides working as a consultant with local communities. Membership of boards and committees in areas related to her research has complemented her research career, including school education, the early years, farmer education and training, economic development, rural health research and community care.