Non-professorial Election to the Academic Board for 2020 - 2022

Election of non-professorial members of the teaching or research staff to the Academic Board for 2020 – 2022


Jack CLEGG – BlibStud (Hons); LLB (Hons); GCHEd; PhD; FRACI C CHEM; FRSC

Jack is an Associate Professor in the SCMB and is a current member of the Academic Board and Academic Board Standing Committee.  He has diverse academic interests, holding degrees in Science, Arts and Law. He is committed to maintaining academic standards, while also embracing appropriate new technologies. Jack has extensive experience on university committees at various institutions, previously sitting on Faculty Boards, Academic Boards (and subcommittees) as well as spending two years on the Senate of another institution. He has more than 10 years of experience as a Director of large non-profit organisations including The Australian Youth Orchestra and The Australian Country Credit Union.


Rutger de ZOETE – BSc (Physio); MSc; PhD

My name is Rutger de Zoete, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Recover Injury Research Centre (HABS faculty), and I would like to nominate for a position on the Academic Board. In my previous roles, as well as in my current position, I have been involved with several topics relevant to the Board, including research, teaching and management. Whilst founding my own private physiotherapy practice, I have dealt with interesting organisational and management questions and learned working with different institutions. During my PhD candidature, I was an elected member on the Faculty Board of another Australian University, through which I have gained experience in collaborating with different University boards and committees. I am pursuing a successful career in research and academia, and this Academic Board position will further enhance my knowledge and understanding of management at University level.


John GAUGAN – PhD; MAgricSci; Grad Cert (Edn); BAppSci(RT); MAIAST

I started with UQ in 1990 and developed my research career in livestock heat stress, which has attracted more than $11 million dollars in funding. I have authored or co-authored 12 book chapters, 44 refereed publications, 72 conference proceedings, and 20 research reports. Currently I am supervising 3 PhD students and 2 MPhils, with 13 PhD and 3 MPhil completions. I was chair of one of the Animal Ethics Committees for 3 years. I have been a member of numerous school committees, and a number of management committees. I am currently the team leader for the Animal Science academics at Gatton. My two passions: Understanding thermal stress in animals especially in regards to climate change impacts, and helping undergraduate and postgraduate students develop their careers. I want to ensure that the University continues to value student outcomes and that new staff are given opportunities to succeed.



I am an NTEU member seeking election to this role as a non-professorial candidate because I want to contribute to the decision making processes that influence the direction, culture, and reputation of our university. I am an Associate Professor in Indonesian studies. I have been at UQ since 2018. I have held casual, part-time, fixed-term contract, visiting, and full-time appointments in Australia, Japan, Indonesia, the United States, and the Netherlands. In experiencing academic employment in all its secure and insecure forms, I have also accumulated a diverse and hopefully useful perspective on academic matters. I teach sociolinguistics and Indonesian language. My research examines the role of everyday talk in building social cohesion in Indonesian urban neighbourhoods, the impact of state and market forces on Indonesian visions of diversity, and how ideologies about good governance from elsewhere are localised within the Indonesian civil service.


Angus MORRISON – PhD DIC Imp Lond; MSc BSc (Hons) Cape Town

I have eleven years’ research and teaching experience at three universities across three continents and thus a unique skillset borne of my background. As a researcher in an industry-focused institute, I face technical and ethical challenges outside the academic norm and, in common with many of my institutional colleagues, I followed a non-traditional route into academia. I would thus represent a distinct and important constituency on the Academic Board. As an early career researcher, I share many challenges with my University peers, including insecure contracts, uncertain funding, and poorly-defined career progression. I would also represent this much broader constituency. I currently sit on UQ committees at Faculty and Institute level, and have significant experience of university governance as a member of the Senate, Institutional Forum, and Finance and Student Affairs Committees at previous universities. I would like to bring my diversity of experience and perspective to the UQ Academic Board.


Sean MILLARD – PhD; Associate Professor

I have been an academic at UQ for nearly a decade and as a board member, I will do my best to represent “the trenches” of T&R academia. I will advocate for logical, evidence-based policy changes that have considered how they will affect all stake-holders. I will oppose policy initiatives that do not directly address teaching or research concerns, but instead are primarily perceptual in nature. I am not afraid to speak my mind and I hope that my leadership on the board will empower others to do the same. I am proud to be a member of the UQ community, but I feel strongly that we need to get back to our core business of teaching and research. As an academic board member, I will do my best to make that happen.



I am standing for election to Academic Board because I am deeply troubled by the erosion of principles of shared governance and academic independence at this university. In particular, I am standing for election to represent all of my colleagues and students who were appalled that the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Board of Studies and the UQ Student Union votes to oppose the Ramsay Centre were overruled by this body. I am also deeply troubled by UQ’s increasing exploitation of casual academics, who have no formal voice at Academic Board despite the fact that the delivery of our programs and majors essentially relies upon them. If elected, I will represent their interests as well. I am a proud member of the UQ branch committee of the NTEU, a father of three, and a dual citizen who has seen, first-hand, the benefits of standing up for shared governance.



I am a neuroscientist who shifted into a career in education because of my passion for training in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). My experience and the insights gained have contributed to a particular interest in supporting women in STEMM careers. While I believe that this is an important perspective to contribute to the Academic Board’s initiatives, I also believe it is important to have a diversity of voices.  I will bring a unique and critical perspective to UQ’s priority to promote diversity in STEMM, in particular teaching-focussed staff and their career opportunities within the institution.


Katherine O’BRIEN – Associate Professor

Associate Professor Kate O’Brien leads the Chemical-Environmental Engineering program in the School of Chemical Engineering. Kate has taught across a wide variety of contexts, ranging from a thousand first year students to small Masters level courses, and she has received numerous teaching awards. Kate leads an active and productive research team in the area of environmental systems modelling, working across disciplines on different aspects of sustainability.  She has been an effective member of the EAIT Local Confirmation and Promotions Committee, and EAIT Diversity Working Group. Kate is nominating for the Academic Board to contribute to UQ governance, which underpins our ability to produce high impact research and deliver a great education to our students.  Kate is particularly interested in practices that promote a collegial and productive workplace, work-life balance, and equipping our graduates with the skills needed to tackle the big challenges of global change.


Barry OLIVER – Fellow CPA; PhD; GD Psych; MEc; BCom

As a representative on Academic Board I will consider decisions on all matters relating to and affecting the University’s teaching, research and educational programs in particular those that impact staff. As the Head of the Finance Discipline in the Business School I am very aware and concerned with staff morale and views and the impact these have on teaching, research and service. I have been involved in annual appraisals and workload models over the past 4 years across many staff. I have seen considerable change in staff work environments over time and regularly lobby management for improvement. Taking these views and many others staff have to the Academic Board will further help in improving the working environment, not only for academic staff but also professional staff. I have a collegial view to many of the issues and see myself as a rational and logical decision maker.



I am the current NTEU Vice-President (Academic) and I seek election to this role as a non-professorial candidate because I want to be part of making the decisions that affect the direction and culture of our university. I am a Senior Lecturer in Indonesian studies but am currently an ARC Discovery Early Career (DECRA) fellow. I have worked at this university since 2003 as a casual tutor, research assistant, contract teaching staff member, postdoctoral fellow and T&R academic, and so I have experienced academic employment in all its secure and insecure forms. I want to see more accountable leadership and more inclusive and diverse representation at UQ. I teach Indonesian language, history and politics, and my research examines state-led violence in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. I work with human rights organisations mainly in Indonesia on the documentation of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.


Dorian POJANI - Senior lecturer in Urbane Planning

I grew up under a communist dictatorship in the Balkans. For most of my adult life, I have been an international migrant to Western countries (besides Australia, I have lived in the US and various places in Europe). This has allowed me to acquire valuable experiences and cultural competency. But I have also had to contend with the typical difficulties facing migrants. This background has shaped me personally and professionally. Sexism, racism and other forms of oppression are what I seek to both expose and resist in the workplace and in everything I do. My progressive outlooks also stems from my training as an urban planner. Part of my research investigates the extent to which cities worldwide take into account the needs of vulnerable people (women, minorities, the poor, etc.). I am an active NTEU member.


Artem PULEMOTOV – PhD; BMath

I came to UQ as a lecturer in 2012 after working at the University of Chicago and obtaining my PhD from Cornell. I am currently a T&R academic at the School of Mathematics and Physics. I was an ARC DECRA fellow and held several other research grants. In teaching, I led the development of a new suite of first-year calculus courses.  I have been a member of the Academic Board since 2017 and the Academic Board Standing Committee since 2018. I am also a member of the School of Mathematics and Physics Research Committee, where my most substantial contributions have been to the issues of early-career researchers and PhD students.  I believe that I can effectively apply my international experience and enthusiasm to benefit the university community.


Simon SMITH – BSC (Hons); MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology); PhD; MAPS; FCCN

I know that the University and the education it provides contributes strongly to the community, can shape culture, and that it can be transformational for individual students. I have a significant experience, and capacity in University governance, with previous roles in Equity and Ethics at the University level, and Learning and Teaching, Equity, and Academic Board at the Faculty level. I recognize and value the Board’s critical role in the oversight of teaching and learning, research, and the student experience, and the Board’s role in providing robust advice to the Senate. I would act in this role with an eye to equity, fairness, and opportunity. I understand the challenges and complexities of current academic life, the challenges presented by new ways of learning, and the trickiness of balancing the needs of the student body, but can see the ways forward to a thriving and fulfilling university culture.


Peter SUTTON – BSc UQ; BE (Hons) UQ; MS Carnegie Mellon; PhD Carnegie Mellon; GCEd UQ

I’m a graduate of UQ (BE, BSc) and joined UQ as a Lecturer in 1998, became a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and Associate Professor in 2007. I have recently finished a term as Associate Dean (Academic) in the EAIT Faculty and I am currently Chair of Teaching and Learning in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. 

I’ve previously served on Academic Board and many of its committees (most recently CAPP, TLC, Program Sub-committee, and the Digital Learning Sub-committee) and I have valued the opportunity to play a part in the improvement of our curriculum and our teaching and learning policies and procedures. There is more to be done and I am keen to again contribute to further improvement. Thank you for your support.