Professor Ian Solomonides is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Students) at Victoria University in Melbourne where he is leading the implementation of a variety of initiatives related to technology enhanced learning and teaching, academic quality assurance, enhancement and management, and access to higher education for a wide range of 21 Century students.

Ian was previously director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University in Sydney and was an executive member and president of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Developers until April 2016.

Prior to arriving in Australia in 2006, he was program leader for furniture and product design degrees at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Ian is a qualified and award winning teacher, holds a PhD in engineering education and maintains research interests in higher education - especially student experience and engagement. You can find some of his observations, usually about higher education, on Twitter where he appears as @solfella.


Current co supervisor to 2 PhD candidates.

7 previous completions, 3 as Principal Supervisor.

Research grants

  • 2007-16 National ALTC and OLT projects amounting to $1.65M.


Refereed journal articles

Peters, D., Smith, K.H & Solomonides, I. (2016) Exploring the Development of Passion in Paralympic Athletes, Learning and Teaching.

Kuiper, A., Solomonides, I., & Hardy, L. (2015) Time on task in intensive modes of delivery, Distance Education.

Starcic, A, I., Cotic, M., Solomonides, I., & Volkl, M. (2015) Engaging preservice primary and preprimary school teachers in digital storytelling for the teaching and learning of mathematics, British Journal of Educational Technology.

Wilison, M.J., Wood, L., Solomonides, I., Dixon, P. & Goos, M. (2014) Navigating the career transition form industry to academia (2014), Industry and Higher Education. 28(1), 5-13

Solomonides, I. (2012). A critique of the nexus between student engagement and lifelong learning. The International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. 5(1), 65-82 [published in Chinese and English]


Solomonides, I. Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (eds) (2012) Engaging with Learning in Higher Education.  Faringdon, UK: Libri Publishing.

Refereed book chapters

Solomonides, I. (2016) Writing, contributing to and using institutional policies and strategies. In Popovic, C., & Baume, D. (eds) Advancing Practice in Academic Development Routledge

Young, S. and Solomonides, I. (2016) Online Learning and Engagement, In J. Sachs & Clarke, L. (eds) Learning Through Community Engagement - Vision and Practice in Higher Education, Dordrecht: Springer

Harvey, M. and Solomonides, I. (2014). The reflective role of peer review in a Foundations in Learning and Teaching program. In J. Sachs & M. Parsell (eds) Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: International Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer pp.137-150

Solomonides, I. (2013). A relational and multidimensional model of student engagement. In E. Dunne & D. Owen (eds) The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education.  Bingley, UK: Emerald Books. pp.43-48

Solomonides, I. and Martin, P. (2008) All this talk of engagement is making me itch in Bryson, C. and Hand, L. (eds), Aspects of Student Engagement, SEDA Special Publication 22, UK pp.13-19.


Portfolio of Learning Innovation & Quality includes:

  • Academic Quality & Standards
  • Centre for Student Success
  • Connected Learning
  • Library
  • STEM Education.

Areas of expertise

  • E-learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Student engagement
  • student experience
  • Pedagogy
  • Learning Management
  • Educational Technology
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Qualitative research
  • Program evaluation
  • Distance Learning
  • Curriculum design

Contact details

Sharon Baynes
Executive Assistant
(03) 9919 9440