Prior to being appointed her current role at RMIT in May 2016, Tynan held leadership positions at leading universities including The Open University, the University of Southern, and the University of New England.
In these organisations and throughout her career, Tynan has led many initiatives – particularly in open and online education, and global distance – that have impacted hundreds of thousands of students, millions of informal learners and thousands of academics and teachers.
At RMIT, Tynan led the development of the Academic Promotion System for academics and the Achievement Relative to Opportunity, which is especially important to female academics throughout their careers.
She initiated the Senior Women’s Executive Lunches, bringing together more than 100 academic and professional senior female staff and formed a new Female Professorial Gathering, to create an enabling culture for senior women.
With a keen interest and passion in educational technologies, her work in this area – most known through RMIT Online and Project Rewire – has impacted many RMIT students and staff.
An accomplished communicator, Tynan has more than 80 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and numerous local and global public speaking keynotes, which provides the opportunity to influence education at the global level.
She is also President of the International Council of Open and Distance Education, which impacts millions of learners globally, and is the Australian Commonwealth Government Executive Board Member for the Commonwealth of Learning (Canada), which has a focus on education and gender.
Story: Helen Varnavas