Professor Su Baker is Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne with 25 years experience in teaching, research and senior management. She undertook graduate study at Sydney College of the Arts in 1984, and in 2004 was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts, at Curtin University of Technology. Su has held academic positions since 1989, including senior management roles at SCA, University of Sydney and VCA, University of Melbourne.
In March 2000 Su Baker took up the position as Head of the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In addition to her role as Head of the School of Art, Su Baker has held senior management roles at the VCA, including the Deputy Chair of the Board of Studies, and has been part of the Integration Implementation Planning Committee, overseeing the structural transition of the VCA into the University of Melbourne and in 2006 was appointed Associate Dean, Research and Research Training for the VCA. In 2010, Su Baker was appointed Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Su Baker is a leading arts academic and artist, who is called upon for expert advice and has written on the shifting needs of arts education and the role of the Art School in the 21st Century, including “Art School 2.0 : Art Schools in the Information Age or Reciprocal Relations and the Art of the Possible”, in Rethinking the Contemporary Art School, The Artist, the PhD and the Academy, NSCAD Press, 2009. She has been Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (2004-2008). Through this role she played an active role in the recognition of the research in the Creative Arts advising the ARC in the development of the RQF and the recent ERA process. Her work in these roles has led to the establishment of the new Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, to which she was elected President in February 2013.
In 2000 she spent time at the Milan Studio, granted from the Australia Council where she developed new work exhibited at Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney in 2001. In 2003 Su Baker received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant, Visual Arts Grants for the exhibition of new work, Mise-en-scene: Reflections on the Screen, and Serious Pleasure, at John Curtin Gallery, in 2004. Previously, in 1996 she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award, and in 1991 was awarded the Overseas Development Grant, Italian Studio, VACB, from the Australia Council, in 1987 was awarded the Half Standard Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council, and in 1987 a Project Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.