Dr. Sheila Flanagan
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Registrar, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Sheila is currently Vice President and Registrar Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute and is responsible for the leadership and coordination of the Institute’s academic policy and quality assurance through the Institute’s Academic Council. Sheila works directly with academic and functional leadership in promoting the quality, relevance and development of the Institute’s portfolio of programmes and is secretary of the Academic Council.
She has worked in higher education with a diverse range of institutions delivering across various areas including advancing modularisation, developing strategies for retention, promoting international best practice, responding to industry needs in a meaningful manner and interfacing with external agencies.
Developed and served as programme manager for the MBS in Travel and Tourism management at the Smurfit Business School, UCD before joining Dublin Institute of Technology where she served in a number of roles including Head of School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Head of Academic Policy and Planning.
She has an international profile in sustainable tourism having developed the European recognized ACHIEV Model for Sustainable Tourism Planning - an exemplar of Best Practice using indicators for sustainable tourism planning.
She has served as a Member of the Executive and Council of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation.