Prof Gary Rance appointed as Graeme Clark Chair in Audiology & Speech Science

We would like to congratulate Professor Gary Rance on his new appointment as Graeme Clark Chair in Audiology and Speech Science.

Gary Rance

The position is an ambassadorship of academic leadership in the discipline of Audiology and Speech Science within the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, making innovative and distinctive contributions in the areas of academic leadership, research, teaching and learning.

The position will bolster successful partnerships and collaborate effectively with other research groups and partners to enhance audiology and speech science, fostering excellence in the field, as well as contributing to teaching excellence involving postgraduate coursework and graduate research candidates.

Gary is looking forward to contributing to the advancement of fields of study that are informed and enhanced by engagement practices and partnership, with research outputs that will assist those with impaired hearing and difficulty with spoken language to communicate effectively in society.

“I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Graeme Clark Chair in Audiology & Speech Science,” he said. “This prestigious position forms a nexus between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, where I started both my clinical and academic careers. My primary goals for the period of the Chair are to develop clinical measures that can inform the management of patients with auditory neuropathy and to improve the hearing health of indigenous and non-indigenous children.”

Gary took the baton from current Graeme Clark Chair Professor Richard Dowell on 18 July and will retain the position for the next five years. He will also continue in his Professorial role at the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. Congratulations again to Gary and many thanks to Richard for his tenure.