Faculty leadership

Professor Susan M. Fitzmaurice, Vice-President and Head of Faculty

Professor Susan M. FitzmauriceProfessor Susan Fitzmaurice is Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She is a passionate advocate for arts and humanities research, learning and teaching, placing arts and humanities methods and approaches at the centre of finding solutions to wicked problems.

Susan is Chair of English Language in the School of English and was previously Head of the School. An internationally regarded scholar of English Historical Linguistics, she is involved in a number of collaborative research ventures. The concept modelling developed in her AHRC-funded Linguistic DNA project is at the centre of the interdisciplinary computational language analytics research group (SILAS). She also collaborates with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health to apply humanities methods to development research. She is a founder member of UK ZA Community Research.

Professor Fitzmaurice has been at the University since 2006. She was previously at Northern Arizona University where she was Professor of English and Head of Department, and then Dean of the College of Arts and Letters until December 2005. From 1987 to 1995, she was University Lecturer in English and Fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and from 1984 to 1986, she was Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Cape Town.

A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, she also serves on the Council of the Philological Society and is co-editor with Bernd Kortmann of Mouton de Gruyter’s Topics in English Linguistics (TiEL) series.


Nicola Talbot, Faculty Director of Operations for Arts and Humanities

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Nicola joined the University in 2016, with over 25 years' management experience across a range of public and private sector organisations, including over seven years in higher education.

As Director of Operations for Arts and Humanities, Nicola works closely with the Faculty Vice-President to develop and deliver faculty strategy, and leads the professional staff in supporting its delivery. She is also an active member of a number of faculty and University committees, including the Faculty Executive Board and Senate.

Nicola is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a parent governor at All Saints Catholic High School.


Professor Nicola Dibben, Faculty Director of Research and Innovation

Prof Nicola Dibben, Faculty Director of Research and InnovationNicola Dibben is Professor in Music, and took up the role of Faculty Director of Research and Innovation in 2018. Her priority is to foster internationally excellent research by enhancing research support, increasing research funding capture, facilitating interdisciplinary and collaborative research, leading preparations for REF2021 and communicating the value of Arts and Humanities research. She brings to the role her experience as a subpanel member for REF2014 and REF2021, Director of the Humanities Research Institute from 2015 to 2018, and almost twenty years as a member of academic staff at Sheffield. Her research in the psychology of music and popular music studies critically examines the place of musical engagement in how people think about and make sense of themselves and the world. Her numerous research partnerships include a collaboration with pop icon Björk on the first app-based music album in 2009-2011.

Dr David Forrest, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching

Dr David Forrest, Faculty Director of Learning and TeachingDavid Forrest is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of English. He joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 2012, having also completed his MA and PhD at Sheffield. His research interests span across the fields of film and television studies, and English literature, with a particular focus on representations of social class and region. He has also published on topics related to learning and teaching in higher education, and is particularly interested in engaged learning, non-traditional forms of assessment, and partnerships between staff and students. His track record of learning and teaching innovation was recognised with a Senate Award in Learning and Teaching in 2014.

David was appointed as Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching in 2018, having previously served as Assistant Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, and Director of Learning and Teaching for Student Engagement. The key elements of David’s role revolve around the delivery of the learning and teaching strategy, quality assurance, student progress and appeals, and representing the Faculty on University committees and groups.


Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson, Faculty Director of Impact and Engagement

Amanda is Senior Lecturer in French Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures. She joined the University in 2010 having previously lectured at the University of Wales, Lampeter and École Normale supérieure (Cachan), France. 

In her role as Faculty Director of Impact and Engagement Amanda works closely with Amy Ryall, Faculty External Engagement Projects Manager. She liaises with the Impact and Engagement leads within departments, and with the Knowledge Exchange, Public Engagement and Commercialisation teams within Research and Innovation Services. She chairs the Faculty Impact and Engagement Committee, which reports to the Faculty Executive Board.

Professor David Wood, Faculty Director of International Affairs

Professor David WoodDavid Wood, Professor of Latin American Studies in SLC, has been at the University of Sheffield since 1992 and has previously been Head of Hispanic Studies (2007-10) and Acting Head of the School of Languages (2010-11). His research interests centre on the literatures and cultures of several Latin American countries, especially on the social and political dimensions of textual production. A recent focus on the representation of sport in written and visual culture has led to his current AHRC Research Network (International Development Highlight Notice), which explores the practice and representation of women's football in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.
David has been Faculty Director of International Affairs since January 2015, and in the role he has focused on increasing the Faculty's international student cohort, developing collaborations with international partners and connecting opportunities at an institutional level with interests and initiatives within Departments.


Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode, Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr Rachel van DuyvenbodeRachel is a Senior University Teacher in the School of English and has worked at the university since 2004. She is an American literature specialist with a particular interest in narratives of race (particularly whiteness) and difference. Rachel was awarded a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in 2014 and she directs the sector-leading professional development programme The Sheffield SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum.

Rachel chairs the Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee and is responsible for supporting EDI practice in the Faculty. She represents the Faculty on University committees and welcomes input from staff, students and alumni interested in EDI matters: r.van-duyvenbode@sheffield.ac.uk