Brenda is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Education at Deakin University. Her previous roles include the Executive Dean Faculty of Education and Arts and University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Equity and Indigenous at Edith Cowan University (2007-2011) where she was concurrently Associate Dean, International (2010) and Acting Head, Kurongkurl Katitjin (2008). Prior to working in Western Australia, Brenda was Director Access and Success, Victoria University, (2006-2007), and Head, School of Education, Victoria University (2003-2006).
With a background in early childhood, primary and secondary education, teacher education and the social sciences, Brenda’s research has focused on educational equity and community-university partnerships for improved educational opportunity and socially just outcomes. She is widely published and has lead research and development partnerships with communities and schools in Victoria and Western Australia, and often with Indigenous Australian leaders and communities to enhance educational and social experiences for young people.
Brenda is Chair of the ERA 2015 Review Evaluation Committee for Education and Human Society. She is also immediate past President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education (2012-2014). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2009), is Chair of the Australian Fulbright Commission Victorian Selection Committee, a Director of the Origin Foundation Board and the Channel 31 Board and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian College of Educators and a member of several international peer review journal editorial committees.Read more on Brenda's profile