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Assoc Prof Ruth Schubert

Associate Director, LH Martin Institute

Ruth Schubert joined the LH Martin Institute in 2014 as the Program Director, VET and has since been appointed Associate Director. Ruth was previously the Director, Business Transformation with TAFE SA, and was asked to take on the role at a critical mid-way point in the change process involving the three separate South Australian TAFE Institutes becoming one organisation under a statutory authority. The transformation involved the realignment of over 2,500 staffing positions, major business improvement projects, and management of internal and external consultants. The reinvention of TAFE SA as a statutory authority was an integral part of the Skills for All reforms.

Ruth has experience in private RTOs, the schooling sector, universities, and most recently 15 years in executive positions in TAFE Institutes. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process of TAFE SA Regional winning the State and National 2011 Large Training Provider of the year. Ruth’s considerable expertise in the Vocational and Training Sector includes executive education and corporate roles.

Ruth served as a member, then Deputy Chair and Chair for the Limestone Coast RDA Board for 5 years. Ruth has been a Director of the Stand like Stone Foundation since 2004, and now serves as Deputy Chair of the foundation. Ruth is an inaugural member of the Governor's Leadership Foundation, graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded a Premier’s Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning 2001.

Ruth’s research interests are in leadership, social capital, building successful communities and the structure and positioning of the Tertiary Education sector. Ruth is currently leading two major research projects, the first profiling institutional diversity of vocational education providers across Australia, and the other investigating quality teaching in the Victorian VET sector.

E: ruth.schubert@unimelb.edu.au
T: +61 3 9035 6042