Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Joe Chicharo OM

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2019-present)

Professor Joe Chicharo OM was appointed Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in October 2019. Professor Chicharo held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 2016 – 2019, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) from 2015-16, the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2010-15 and previous to that, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2008-10.

The role of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) has executive leadership responsibility for the implementation, coordination, monitoring and achievement of the UOW Strategic Plan objectives and aspirations. The SDVC oversees Library services, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Marketing and Communications and provides executive sponsorship for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and the Civic University Strategy. The SDVC, through Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, the Regional Campuses and the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), has responsibility for services, programs and resources that support the full student life-cycle, including transition, retention, success and career readiness.

Professor Chicharo joined the University of Wollongong in 1985 as a Lecturer within the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Prior to this appointment Professor Chicharo spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP) firstly as a degree Trainee and subsequently as an Electrical Engineer and Senior Engineer. He has a distinguished academic and research track record having published over 230 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences. His research contributions are well cited and he has been the recipient of a number of best paper prizes such as by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Professor Chicharo has been highly successful in attracting nationally competitive research grants as well as substantial industry sponsorship for research work at UOW. 

Whilst at the University of Wollongong, Professor Chicharo served as the Dean of Informatics (2003-2008), Head of the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (2002-2003), Research Director of the CRC for Smart Internet Technology (2000-2002), Managing Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Research (TITR) Institute (1999-2001) and Director of the Switched Networks Research Centre (1995-1998), amongst other roles.

Professor Chicharo has also served as the inaugural President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology. He served as the Chair of the Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences (Cluster 5), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 assessment exercise. He was Chair of the Australian Research Council - Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences Panel (2005-2007). He served as an Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems, Part II (1998-2000).  

Professor Joe Chicharo was awarded an Order of Merit (Portugal) (OM) in the 2007 Honours list to honour distinguished services in the public and private sphere.

Support staff contact:

Catherine Haney
Senior Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Ph: +61 2 4221 3962


The Vice-Chancellor’s Unit
Building 36
University of Wollongong
NSW, 2522, Australia.