Teaching and learning academic Professor Sally Kift has been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at James Cook University.


Presently Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Professor Kift received a national teaching award (Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT)) in 2003 and led a Law Project Team, which received a further the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Program Award in 2007.


She was appointed one of three inaugural ALTC Senior Fellows in 2006 to investigate the first year experience, a field in which she is an acknowledged as an international expert and in high demand for as a speaker and consultant.


The ‘transition pedagogy’ that was developed under the Fellowship has been adopted by several universities to frame their student experience strategies.


A former Assistant Dean of QUT’s Law Faculty and in 2006-07 that university’s foundational Director First Year Experience, Professor Kift last year was appointed a member of the Council of Australian Law Deans inaugural Law School Standards Committee and was elected President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows.


Professor Kift has published widely on education and student transition and has delivered keynote addresses both in Australia and internationally on issues relating to transition and the first year experience, curriculum design, teaching quality and student engagement.