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 30 members of which 18 are ex officio positions and 12 elected positions from students and academic,  professional/general and teaching staff of the University.

Terms of reference

Induction handbook and presentation

Membership 2018

Position on Academic BoardName
Chair Associate Professor Kim Dowling
(term ends 31/12/2018)
Deputy Chair Associate Professor Elisa Backer
(term ends 31/12/2018)
Deputy Chair Associate Professor Mark Myers
(term ends 31/12/2019)
Ex officio members:
Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors
Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett
DVC (Academic) Professor Andy Smith
DVC (Research and Innovation) Professor Leigh Sullivan
DVC (Student Support and Services) Mr Darren Holland
Chairs of Academic Board Standing Committees
Chair of Appeals Committee Associate Professor Kim Dowling (Acting)
(term ends 31/12/18)
Chair of Higher Education Curriculum Committee Associate Professor Jenene Burke
(term ends 31/12/18)
Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee pro tem Dr Carolyn Johnstone
(terms ends 31/12/18) 
Chair of Research Higher Degrees Committee pro tem Professor Fadi Charchar
(terms ends 3/12/18)
Chair of Research Committee pro tem Associate Professor David Piedrafita  
(terms ends 31/12/18) 
Chair of VET Curriculum and Quality Committee Professor Andy Smith
Deans and Executive Director of Schools
School of Arts Professor Andrew Hope     
School of Education Professor Claire McLachlan
School of Health and Life Sciences Professor Dara Twomey
School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions Professor Wendy Cross
School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology Professor Syed Islam
Federation Business SchoolProfessor Christina Lee
FedUni TAFE Associate Professor Barry Wright
Director, Library and Learning Spaces Ms Sue Owen
Manager, Aboriginal Education Centre Ms Jasmine Graham
University Registrar Ms Claire Shaw
Elected members:
Student Senate representative Mr Daniel Gommans
(term ends 31/10/18)      
Two general / professional staff Vacant
(term ends 31/12/18)
  Mr Andrew Henwood
(term ends 31/12/19)
Two VET teaching staff Mr Scott Hovey
  Ms Claire Rasmussen
(term ends 31/12/18)
Two HE academic staff     Dr Patrick O'Leary
(term ends 31/12/18)
  Dr Anitra Goriss-Hunter
(term ends 31/12/19)
Two HE academic staff - professoriate Associate Professor Kathleen Moore
(term ends 31/12/18)
  Professor Erica Smith
(term ends 31/12/19)


Executive Officer
Lisa Francis
Ph: 61 3 5327 6544 
Email: academic.secretariat@federation.edu.au;