Academic Board

Academic board

The Academic Board is the primary forum for debate on academic issues in the University and has a major role in academic quality assurance processes. It is the principal advisory committee to the Council on academic matters and has the mission to protect, promote and enhance the excellence of the University's core academic activities - teaching, learning and research.

The Academic Board operates in accordance with the Charles Darwin University Act 2003 and the Academic Board Terms of Reference (PDF 73KB)  which sets out the powers and functions of the Academic Board and how these must be performed. 

CDU recognises that scholarship is a collective and collaborative enterprise that involves all aspects of the University community in the production of knowledge through exploration and inquiry.

CDU views scholarship as promoting connections between our University, our communities, our peoples and our land.

CDU scholars critically engage with contemporary issues exploring questions in a spirit of curiosity to seek and analyse evidence.  They utilise a range of epistemologies and ontologies to arrive at findings and positions to contribute to the resolution of important questions.

CDU scholars value and aspire to social justice and equitable practices to address social and economic inequalities and seek to implement inclusive practices in a diverse community. CDU scholars promote and exemplify high ethical standards in all aspects of scholarship.

CDU values equally and encourages achievement in the following broad domains of scholarship:

  • Research, innovation and entrepreneurism
  • Teaching, learning and knowledge management
  • Indigenous leadership and knowledges
  • Leadership, governance and operational excellence
  • Student, community and industrial engagement
  • Internationalisation and global engagement

CDU recognises diverse ways of knowing and making meaning and seeks to apply them in a range of activities. In particular CDU Indigenous Knowledges are assigned an important status by CDU Scholars.

Multidisciplinary approaches to inquiry that make breakthroughs to new boundaries of knowledge are vigorously encouraged and will be recognised and rewarded by the CDU community.

CDU values and applies a framework of scholarship which recognises the deep connections between the professions, work, technology and knowledge. CDU promotes the production of knowledge generated through the practice and application of knowledge in the community and workplaces.  CDU views its scholars as scholar practitioners.

CDU is committed to supporting and nurturing CDU scholars through a career-long systematic and comprehensive approach to career development and planning to attain a notion of excellence.

This statement was approved by the Academic Board on November 23, 2016.

Procedures for the appointment and election of members are prescribed under the Charles Darwin University Academic Board By-laws (PDF 18KB).

Academic Board membership consists of:

  • Chair (elected)
  • Deputy Chair, Higher Education (elected)
  • Deputy Chair, Vocational Education and Training (elected)
  • Vice-Chancellor (ex-officio)
  • Provost (ex-officio)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Research Training (ex-officio)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Operations (ex-officio)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Success (ex-officio)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership (ex-officio)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment (ex-officio)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Law, Education, Business and Arts (ex-officio)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training (ex-officio)
  • Director, Menzies School of Health Research (ex-officio)
  • three members elected by and from the Heads of Schools; one from each Faculty (elected)
  • nine members elected by and from the academic staff; three from each Faculty (elected)
  • one VET student elected by and from the VET students (elected)
  • one undergraduate higher education student elected by and from the undergraduate higher education students (elected)
  • one postgraduate higher education student elected by and from the postgraduate higher education students (elected).

For further information on any aspect of the Academic Board, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Alec Fraser
Academic Board Secretariat
T: 08 8946 6601
E: alec.fraser@cdu.edu.au

MemberCategory of Membership University Position
Associate Professor Steve ShanahanChairPro Vice-Chancellor, Education, Health, Science and the Environment
Professor Peter Kell Deputy Chair, Higher EducationPro Vice-Chancellor, Law, Education, Business and Arts
Mrs Kim HawkinsDeputy Chair, Vocational Education and TrainingHead of School, School of Community and Children’s Services
Professor Friso De BoerElected Head of School, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the EnvironmentHead of School, School of Engineering and information Technology
Mr Bharat DesaiElected Head of School, Faculty of Vocational Education and TrainingHead of School, School of Service Industries
VacantElected Head of School, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
Ms Linda ManningElected Academic, Faculty of Vocational Education and TrainingSchool of Business and Service Industries
Mr Barry WhalanElected Academic, Faculty of Vocational Education and TrainingSchool of Trades
Mr Robert LoweElected Academic, Faculty of Vocational Education and TrainingSchool of Trades
Dr Keith McGuinnessElected Academic, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the EnvironmentSchool of Environment
Ms Barbara WhiteElected Academic, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the EnvironmentSchool of Engineering and Information Technology
Dr Brian PhillipsElected Academic, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the EnvironmentSchool of Health
Dr Darius PfitznerElected Academic, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and ArtsSchool of CDU Business School
Associate Professor Douglas BellElected Academic, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and ArtsSchool of Academic Language and Learning
Dr Gregory SmithElected Academic, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and ArtsSchool of Education
Ms Amber HorneryElected Higher Education Undergraduate StudentBachelor of Social Work
VacantElected Vocational Education and Training Student 
Ms Misty FishElected Higher Education Postgraduate StudentDoctorate of Law
Professor Simon MaddocksEx-officioVice-Chancellor
Professor Sue CarthewEx-officioProvost
Mrs Meredith ParryEx-officioDeputy Vice-Chancellor, Operations
Ms Christine RobertsonEx-officioPro Vice-Chancellor, VET
Professor Peter KellEx-officioPro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
Professor Martin CarrollEx-officioPro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Success
Associate Professor Steve ShanahanEx-officioPro Vice-Chancellor, Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment
Mrs Wendy LudwigEx-officioPro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership
Professor Lawrence CramEx-officioDeputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Research Training
Professor Alan CassEx-officioDirector, Menzies School of Health Research

Under the Charles Darwin University Act 2003, the Academic Board has the authority to establish committees to assist in the management of the University.

A number of sub-committees have been established to review and examine matters of academic quality in learning, teaching and research more closely. The reports from these committees along with any recommendations for action are provided to Academic Board.

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Academic Appeals Committee

For further information on any aspect of the Academic Appeals Committee, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Academic Appeals Committee Officer
Associate Professor Steve Shanahan
T: 08 8946 6233
E: steve.shanahan@cdu.edu.au

Executive Committee of Academic Board

For further information on any aspect of the Executive Committee of Academic Board, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Alec Fraser
Academic Board Secretariat
T: 08 8946 6601
E: alec.fraser@cdu.edu.au

University Learning and Teaching Committee (ULTC)

For further information on any aspect of the University Learning and Teaching Committee (ULTC), including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

ULTC Secretariat
Candice Pennicott
T: 08 8946 6568
E: arteam@cdu.edu.au

EHSE Learning and Teaching CommitteeEHSE Learning and Teaching Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 92KB)
LEBA Learning and Teaching CommitteeLEBA Learning and Teaching Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 88KB)
VET Learning and Teaching CommitteeVET Learning and Teaching Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 88KB)
HE Faculty Assessment Review PanelsHE Faculty Assessment Review Panels Terms of Reference (PDF39KB)
HE School Assessment Review PanelsHE School Assessment Review Panels Terms of Reference (PDF 42KB)

 

University Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC)

For further information on any aspect of the University Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC), including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

RRTC Secretariat
Dr Alexandra Murray
T: 08 8946 6032
E: ori@cdu.edu.au

EHSE Research and Research Training CommitteeEHSE Research and Research Training Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 67KB)
LEBA Research and Research Training CommitteeLEBA Research and Research Training Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 64KB)

 

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Academic Board Reports

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2012

RRTC Reports