Professor Julie Duck



Professor Julie Duck is a distinguished and respected leader who has made an immense contribution to academic governance, policy development and the enhancement of student experiences at The University of Queensland (UQ) over the past 2 decades.

Professor Duck gained a Diploma of Education in 1980, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1981, before completing her PhD in 1991 at the University of New England. Professor Duck completed her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at UQ in 2008.

After a period at the Australian National University, Professor Duck started her career at UQ in the mid-1990s, first as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow and then Lecturer in the School of Psychology, before becoming Senior Lecturer in 2000 and progressing to Associate Professor in 2007. From 2006 to 2013, Professor Duck held various leadership positions in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences including Associate Dean (Academic) and Acting Executive Dean.

Since then, Professor Duck has led a series of projects focused on educational assessment policy and practice, strengthening gateway courses and professional development for the University’s academic teaching staff, achievements recognised by various UQ Teaching Excellence awards for Programs that Enhance Student Learning. These initiatives have contributed to enhancements in UQ’s educational programs, as well as improvements in student retention.

In 2014, Professor Duck was appointed Associate Dean (Academic) in the newly formed Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). In this role, she has led the academic governance of the 7 Schools within the Faculty. Additionally, Professor Duck serves as Chair of the HASS Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee and Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Arts, one of the University’s largest and most complex programs and served as Acting Executive Dean of the HASS Faculty in 2018.

Beyond her formal role as Associate Dean (Academic), Professor Duck is a remarkable mentor to others, including her fellow Associate Deans, and this selfless support of her colleagues was acknowledged with a Commendation for Leadership in the UQ Awards for Excellence in 2019 and the presentation of the Service Award at the UQ Awards for Excellence in 2021. As further acknowledgement of her standing in the Higher Education sector, Professor Duck became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2017.

Chancellor, I present to you Professor Julie Duck, Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Arts with honours, and Doctor of Philosophy of the University of New England, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education of this University, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, for the R.H. Roe Award, bestowed by the Senate of The University of Queensland.



R.H. Roe Award


Graduate Certificate (Higher Education)