About Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic body of the University. The purpose of Academic Board is twofold: firstly to provide academic oversight of prescribed academic programs and courses of study of higher education and VET in the University; and secondly to provide advice to Council on the conduct and content of those programs and courses.

In particular, the Academic Board is responsible for:

  • creating awareness of and providing leadership in relation to contemporary educational issues;
  • establishing a quality assurance framework for learning, teaching and research;
  • recommending and reporting to the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to learning, teaching and research;
  • regularly reviewing and evaluating the performance of the Academic Board and reporting outcomes to Council; and lastly it
  • provides Council with any requested information.

The Board comprises 31 members of which 16 are ex officio members from senior academic and teaching staff and senior management, plus 9 elected, 5 appointed and 1 co-opted members of the academic, teaching and general staff and students of the University.

Terms of Reference

Induction Handbook 2016



Chair Associate Professor Kim Dowling (term ends 31/12/2016)
Deputy Chair Associate Professor Mark Myers (term ends 31/12/2016)
Deputy Chair Dr Elisa Backer (term ends 31/12/2016)
Ex Officio
Senior Executive Group
DVC (Learning and Quality) Professor Marcia Devlin
DVC (Academic) Professor Andy Smith
DVC (Engagement) Professor Todd Walker
DVC (Research & Innovation) Professor Leigh Sullivan     
DVC (Student Support and Services) Mr Darren Holland
Chairs of Standing Committees
Chair of Appeals Committee Mr Eric Holm
Chair of Curriculum Committee Associate Professor Mark Myers
Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee Ms Claire Rasmussen
Chair of Research Committee Associate Professor Singarayer Florentine
Executive Deans / Directors of Faculties
Faculty of Education and Arts Professor John McDonald
Faculty of Health Professor Penelope Paliadelis
Faculty of Science Professor Mark Sandeman
Federation Business School Associate Professor Bob O'Shea
Federation College Associate Professor Shirley Fraser
FedUni TAFE Associate Professor Barry Wright
Student Representative 
Student Senate Mr Ryan Marshall
Two general staff Mr Andrew Henwood (term ends 31/12/16)
  Mr Matthew Cane  (term ends 31/12/17)
Two VET teaching staff Mr Ross Firth (term ends 31/12/17)     
Two Higher Education academic staff Dr Barbara Panther (term ends 31/12/16)
  Associate Professor Jennifer Jones-O'Neill (term ends 31/12/17)
Two members of the professoriate Professor Erica Smith (term ends 31/12/16)
  Professor Philippa Wells (term ends 31/12/17)
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Finance Officer Mr John Blair (term ends 8/4/16)
University Librarian Ms Leeanne Pitman (term ends 31/12/16)
Manager, Aboriginal Education Centre  
PVC (International and Partnerships) Professor Mike Willis


Academic Secretariat
Lisa Francis
Ph: (03) 5327 6544
Email: academic.secretariat@federation.edu.au