Professor Jennifer Windsor is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Te Wāhanga Aronui, and the Faculty of Education, Te Whānau o Ako Pai, at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining the University in 2015, she held several academic leadership positions at the University of Minnesota in the United States. She received her PhD and master’s degree from Purdue University (USA). Her undergraduate degree is from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now University of Sydney). Jennifer has published extensively on language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual environments. Her most recent scholarship examines the effect and timing of early institutionalisation on children’s language outcomes and the impact of high-quality foster care.
Responsibilities as Pro Vice-Chancellor
Jennifer provides overall strategic and executive leadership for the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Te Wāhanga Aronui, and the Faculty of Education, Te Whānau o Ako Pai. The Faculties serve over 11,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students from diverse backgrounds and are each ranked among the top 100 faculties of their kind in the world. Spanning over 40 programmes and affiliated centres in education, humanities, social sciences, and creative arts, the Faculties play a pivotal role in the University’s strategic goals and international reputation. Together with the Deans of the Faculties, Jennifer is responsible for championing the highest levels of research, teaching and learning, and civic engagement. As a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team, Jennifer also is engaged in the University’s overall strategic planning.