Professor Joe Siracusa has been elected president of Australia’s prestigious Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), for a three-year term.
Siracusa is Professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy and Deputy Dean, Global and Language Studies, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT.
He previously served as an elected member of the CHASS board and as its secretary, as well as sitting on CHASS’s Australia Book Prize jury for the best non-fiction book that enriches Australia’s cultural and intellectual life.
Siracusa said: “My vision for CHASS is to include arts (broadly defined) in the renewed debate for greater STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education at every level.
“In short, I aim to contribute to the building of the case for the inclusion of STEAM into the national debate.”
Siracusa will also be lobbying the Government for the appointment of a Chief Social Scientist, along the lines of the Chief Scientist.
Siracusa is internationally known for his writings and media commentary on US presidential politics, nuclear weapons, international diplomacy and global security.
He has authored and co-authored 310 refereed publications, including 75 books, monographs and chapters, 115 journal articles/entries and scholarly reviews, and 120 refereed proceedings.
The CHASS secretariat, run by Divya Das, has been housed at RMIT since 2013.
Story: David Glanz