B Education, M Education, PhD

Head of Department

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Ruth McPhail is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources.  She is on the Board of ANZAM and is Standards Australia’s representative to ISO on the development of a standard for Diversity and Inclusion. In May 2018 Ruth was admitted as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy recognising her ongoing commitment and contribution of academics to student learning. Ruth is a nationally recognised educator receiving  an OLTC citation and University Teacher of the Year Award in 2015 and the Vice Chancellor's Educator of the Year Award in 2019.

She has wide experience in management consulting, human resource management and leadership, having trained management teams in Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the USA and India. Professor McPhail was previously a high school educator before becoming a Director of Human Resources in industry before joining Griffith University.  Her research interests include international human resource management, LGBT expatriates, LGBTI elders and aged care, student success, educating adults and first year preparation and transition.  Ruth holds a PhD from Griffith University and a Master and Bachelors of Education from the University of South Australia.

Research expertise

  • International HR
  • Work and Employability
  • LGBTIQ Expatriates, aged care, HRs duty of care
  • Student Success

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