Dr Andrés Villamizar
BArch (PUXaverian), BVA (Monash), G Dip Ed (ACU), MEd (TESOL Intl), PhD (Monash)
The former head of Normanby House and Briggs Hall at Monash University in Melbourne, Dr Andrés Villamizar, commenced in January of this year. Andrés came from Colombia as a student 21 years ago and has had numerous roles over the past 20 years, including serving as a student wellbeing adviser and Spanish and Latin American Studies teaching associate at RMIT University, student advisor, teaching associate (Faculties of Arts and Education) and alumni relations manager at Monash University, and English Language teacher at Swinburne University.
Andrés has had university commendations for his outstanding teaching, as well as for his research. He has been a mental health first aider and LGBTIQ+ Ally at Monash University. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and practising yoga. He’s also a big fan of scary movies and musical theatre, a karaoke enthusiast, and a cat lover.
Andrés’s office is on the ground floor of Downer House, near the entrance to the Front Office. Andrés has an open-door policy; students are more than welcome to pop in at any time to have a chat with him if his door is open, and if not, you can arrange a meeting time with him at the Front Office or by sending him an email or message. Andrés and his partner, Bryce, live onsite.
You can read more about Andrés' appointment as Dean here.
About the Dean
The Dean is responsible for fostering a vibrant and engaged student body with a strong culture of inclusion and respect, nurturing student leadership skills, and overseeing student
The Dean of a university college has a special role, which has been traditionally associated with maintaining high standards in college community life, and at St Mark's the Dean has both disciplinary responsibilities and pastoral support functions. The Dean is responsible to the Head of College for the good order of the College. The role of the Dean includes fostering an environment conducive to academic excellence, building a sense of community spirit, and upholding the values of the College.