Board Members

A Board comprising the elected President and Deputy President, and a representative from each State and Territory, governs the Australian Council of Deans of Education. From time to time the Board also co-opts additional members with special expertise to assist with particular projects.

  • Professor John Williamson
    Professor John WilliamsonDeputy President

    Professor Emeritus
    University of Tasmania
    T: (03) 63243144

  • Professor Tania Aspland
    Professor Tania AsplandPresident

    Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts
    Australian Catholic University
    T: (02) 9701 4584

State and Territory Representatives
  • Professor Michele Simons
    Professor Michele SimonsNew South Wales

    Dean of Education
    Western Sydney University
    T: (02) 4736 0322

  • Professor Donna Pendergast
    Professor Donna PendergastQueensland

    Head and Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies
    Griffith University
    T: (07) 3735 1082

  • Associate Professor Karen Swabey
    Associate Professor Karen SwabeyTasmania

    Acting Dean of Education
    University of Tasmania
    T: (03) 6324 3512

  • Professor Christine Ure
    Professor Christine UreVictoria

    Head, School of Education
    Deakin University
    T: (03) 9244 6068

  • Professor Stephen Ritchie
    Professor Stephen RitchieWestern Australia

    Dean, School of Education
    Murdoch University
    T: (08) 9360 7535

  • Professor Stephen Dobson
    Professor Stephen DobsonSouth Australia

    Dean and Head of School of Education,
    University of South Australia,
    T: (08) 8302 4003

  • Associate Professor Laurence Tamatea
    Associate Professor Laurence TamateaNorthern Territory

    Acting Head, School of Education
    Charles Darwin University
    T: (08) 8946 6375

  • Professor Geoff Riordan
    Professor Geoff RiordanAustralian Capital Territory

    Dean, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
    University of Canberra
    T: (02) 6201 2093

Specialist Representatives
  • Associate Professor David Geelan
    Associate Professor David GeelanSpecialist Member NADLATE

    Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching)
    School of Education and Professional Studies  Griffith University
    T:  (07) 5552 8647


  • Professor Sue Shore
    Professor Sue ShoreSpecialist member cADRE

    Director – International Graduate Centre of Education 
School of Education
    Charles Darwin University

    T:  (08) 8946 6897

  • Professor Peter Buckskin
    Professor Peter BuckskinAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative

    Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects
    University of South Australia
    T: (08) 8302 9148

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