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Strategic Services and Governance

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 which sets out the powers and functions of the Academic Board and how these must be performed. 


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

Elected Staff Membership

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair - Higher Education
  • Deputy Chair - Vocational Education and Training
  • One (1) member elected by and from the Heads of Schools of the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training
  • Two (2) members elected by and from the College Deans
  • Three (3) members elected by and from the academic staff of the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training
  • Twelve (12) members elected from the Colleges, two (2) from each of six (6) Colleges, elected by the academic staff of the respective College.

Elected Student Membership

  • Two (2) VET students elected by and from the VET student cohort
  • Two (2) undergraduate higher education students elected by and from the undergraduate student cohort
  • Two (2) postgraduate higher education students elected by and from the postgraduate higher education student cohort, one of whom must be a Higher Degree by Research student.

Non-elected Membership

  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Provost
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Research Training
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Operations
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Strategy and Advancement
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Engagement and Success
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Higher Education
  • Director, Menzies School of Health Research.

Permanent Observers

  • Chair of Academic Board, Batchelor Institute.

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

Committees of the Academic Board
Committee name
Committee contact
Executive Committee of Academic Board
Alec Fraser
Governance Secretariat Officer
T: 08 8946 6601
Higher Education Learning and Teaching Committee (HELTC)
Candice Pennicott 
T: 08 8946 6568
VET Learning and Teaching Committee (VETLTC)
Christine Whalan
T: 08 8946 7157
Board of Graduate Studies
Elizabeth Bird
T: 08 8946 6402
Academic Appeals Committee
Vibeke Foss
T: 08 8946 7785

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.