Professor Doune Macdonald, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Areas of Responsibility

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Acting), Professor Macdonald is responsible for preserving the University’s commitment to high quality learning and teaching; promoting a culture of excellence across the student experience; leading initiatives aimed at student success and retention, and integration of services for students; and quality standards.


Professor Macdonald has had a career in education in schools and universities having completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland and obtained her PhD through Deakin University in 1992 after joining UQ as a Lecturer in 1990. She has won UQ and Australian Awards for University Teaching and a UQ Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award. Since her appointment to UQ she has published nine books and over 150 book chapters and research papers.

Professor Macdonald served as Head of School of Human Movement Studies from 2004 to 2013. As an international leader in health and physical education she was appointed in 2011 by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority as their national Lead Writer for the field.

She is an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, USA, a Fellow and Board Member of the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique (AIESEP), a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and serves on the board of the Brisbane Grammar School and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

Professor Doune Macdonald
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
BHMS(Ed)(Hons) Qld., PhD Deakin

  +61 (7) 3346 7754

Room 361, Level 3,
Brian Wilson Chancellery
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia


Rebecca Lindley
Senior Executive Assistant

  + 61 (7) 3346 7754


Cordelia Jackson
Director, Office of the DVCA

  + 61 (7) 334 31083