Professor Denise Wood AM - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Denise Wood AM

PhD, MEdTech, MDn, DipSocSc, DipInsComp, BA (SW), MACS, MACE


  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
+61 7 5456 5454
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Sunshine Coast
Professor Denise Wood AM

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), Professor Denise Wood AM is responsible for the overall vision and effectiveness of initiatives that enable students to realise their fullest academic and personal potential. She also provides leadership in fostering excellence across the portfolios of Student Services and Engagement, Indigenous Services and chairs the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee.

Denise’s research focuses on strategies for improving educational access and participation, particularly for under-represented groups including those in regional and remote locations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disabilities. She is a member of the Commonwealth Equity Research and Innovation Panel, the Queensland Statewide NDIS Workability Advisory Group and Deputy Chair of the Australasian Congress of Undergraduate Research. She is a reviewer for the Australian Awards for University Teaching, the Australian Research Council, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, the South African National Research Foundation and the United States National Science Foundation.

Denise received a Member of the Order of Australia Award (AM) in 2017 for significant service to education as an academic, researcher and practitioner in the field of participation, inclusion and access, and she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2010.

Professional memberships

  • Commonwealth Department of Education and Training Equity Research and Innovation Panel
  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Advisory Group
  • Queensland State-wide NDIS Workability Advisory Group
  • Australasian Congress of Undergraduate Research