About Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic body of the University. The objective of the Academic Board is to establish and maintain academic leadership at an institutional level.

The functions of the Academic Board are to:

  • achieve effective academic oversight of the quality of academic education and training
  • approve proposed new programs
  • set and monitor institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes
  • provide advice to management, the Vice-Chancellor and the Council on academic matters, including advice on academic and related outcomes, policy and practices
  • approve, revise and rescind academic policies
  • monitor and report to the Council on academic and research quality and standards
  • consider issues referred to it by the Council for consideration.

Academic Board comprises 19 member positions of which 12 are ex officio positions and 7 elected positions from academic,  professional/general and teaching staff and students of the University.

Terms of reference

Standing Orders

Membership 2023

Position on Academic BoardName
Chair Professor Bernadine Van Gramberg
(term ends 31/12/24)
Deputy ChairLiam Sloan
(term ends 30/09/24)
Ex officio members
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Wendy Cross
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Chris Hutchison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Engagement) Carolyn Chong
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive TAFE Liam Sloan
Chief Learning Experience Officer Samantha Bartlett
Chairs of Academic Board Standing Committees
Chair, Curriculum Committee Professor Christina Lee
Chair, Learning and Teaching Quality Committee

Professor Nina Fotinatos

Chair, Research Committee Professor Shane Thomas
Executive Deans 
Executive Dean, Institute of Education, Arts and Community (IEAC) Professor Claire McLachlan
Executive Dean, Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW)Professor Remco Polman
Executive Dean, Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability (IISS)Professor Iven Mareels
Elected members:
HE academic member (Level D - E) Professor Georgina Willetts

(term ends 30/09/24)

HE academic member (Level B - C) Dr Linda Wight
(term ends 30/09/24)  
Member of TAFE Curriculum Leadership Team
Sharyn Wright
(term ends 30/09/24)
Member of TAFE Skills and Education Delivery team Tammy Ballard
(term ends 30/09/24) 
HDR studentTracy (Jingyan) Zhou

(term ends 30/09/24)

HE studentKhushi Shah

(term ends 30/09/24)

TAFE studentVacant
(term ends 30/09/24)

Contact us

Dr Daria Soldatenko, Academic Secretariat, Governance and Strategy
Email: academic.secretariat@federation.edu.au