About Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic body of the University. The purpose of Academic Board is twofold:

  • academic oversight of programs and courses of study in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training in the University; and
  • 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.

Academic Board comprises 34 member positions of which 22 are ex officio positions and 12 elected positions from academic,  professional/general and teaching staff and students of the University.

Terms of reference

Induction presentation and Academic Board Profile

Membership 2022

Position on Academic BoardName
Chair Associate Professor Elisa Zentveld
(term ends 31/12/22)
Deputy Chair Professor Andrew Hope
(term ends 31/12/23)
Deputy Chair Associate Professor Jeremy Smith
(term ends 31/12/22)
Ex officio members
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Duncan Bentley
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Wendy Cross
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Chris Hutchison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Engagement)Carolyn Chong
Pro Vice-Chancellor, VET and Chief Executive Officer TAFELiam Sloan
Director, University LibraryJanette Wright
Manager, Aboriginal Education Centre  Katrina Beer 
Dean of Students and Registrar Teresa Tjia
Chairs of Academic Board Standing Committees
Chair, Academic Board Executive Committee Associate Professor Elisa Zentveld
(term ends 31/12/2022)
Chair, Appeals Committee

Associate Professor Mark Myers
(Acting Chair for semester 2022)

Associate Professor Jeremy Smith
(term ends 31/12/2022)

Chair, Higher Education Curriculum Committee Dr Linda Wight
(term ends 31/12/22)
Chair, International Education Committee Carolyn Chong 
Chair, Learning and Teaching Quality Assurance Committee Associate Professor Annette Foley
(term ends 31/12/2022)
Chair, Research Higher Degrees Committee Professor Wendy Wright
(terms ends 31/12/22)
Chair, Research Committee  Professor Fadi Charchar
(term ends 31/12/2022)
Chair, VET Curriculum and Quality Committee Liam Sloan
Deans of Schools
School of Arts Professor Andrew Hope     
School of Education Professor Claire McLachlan
School of Science, Psychology and Sport Professor Dara Twomey
School of HealthAssociate Professor Danny Hills  (Acting Dean)
School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences Professor Syed Islam
Federation Business School Professor Christina Lee
Global Professional SchoolAssociate Professor Jason Giri
Elected members:
Student Senate representative vacant
(term ends 31/10/23)      
Two general / professional staff Dr Alice Robinson
(term ends 31/12/23)  
Associate Professor Geoffrey Lord
(term ends 31/12/22)
Two members of the TAFE delivery team Tammy Ballard
(term ends 31/12/22) 

Claire Stewart
(term ends  31/12/22)

Two higher education academics (Levels A - C) Dr Danielle Wagstaff
(term ends 31/12/22)
  Dr George Van Doorn
(term ends 31/12/23)
Two higher education academics - Professoriate Associate Professor Jenene Burke 
(term ends 31/12/22)
 Associate Professor Mark Myers
(term ends 31/12/23)


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