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Professor Joanne Scott

PhD Qld., GradCertCulturalHtge Deakin, GradCertEd Qld.UT, BA(Hons) Qld., GAICD.

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
+61 7 5459 4474
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C1.79, Level 1, Building C
Sunshine Coast
Joanne Scott


One of the longest-serving members of USC, Professor Joanne Scott is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). She also chairs the Vice-Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Committee. Joanne commenced with USC in 1997 as an Associate Lecturer in Australian Studies. Her roles have included the inaugural Head of School of Social Sciences (20062010), Chair of USC's Learning and Teaching Committee (20072012) and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law (20122017). She is a former Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Tokyo University. 


Joanne works with colleagues across all USC campuses to realise USC's commitment to working with and for our diverse communities. Portfolio responsibilities include community engagement within USC’s region including engagement with Indigenous communities; marketing and external engagement; the Development Office which works with our donors, industry partners and alumni; the USC Art Gallery and USC’s Access and Diversity Unit. The campus heads for USC Caboolture, Fraser Coast, Gympie and Moreton Bay report to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). 

  • Director and Treasurer of Engagement Australia
  • President of Education Sunshine Coast
  • Australian Historical Association member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate member  

Joanne has published in the fields of Australian and Queensland history, with a focus on communities and organisations (including higher education); social, labour and cultural histories; and oral history. Her grants and fellowships have included an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (Chief Investigator), ARC Linkage Grant (Lead Chief Investigator) and a National Film and Sound Archives Fellowship.  

Research areas

  • Australian and Queensland history
  • Social, labour and cultural histories
  • Oral history

Teaching areas

  • Australian history
  • University-community engagement

Major publications include:

  • co-authored From Postbox to Powerhouse: A History of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Showtime: A History of the Brisbane Exhibition
  • The Engine Room of Government: The Queensland Premier’s Department, 18592001 
  • co-edited The State of Welfare: Comparative Studies of the Welfare State at the end of the Long Boom, 19651980