Professor Sally Kift PFHEA

Professor Sally Kift is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL) and President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF). From 2012-2017, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University (JCU). Prior to commencing at JCU in 2012, Sally was a Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where she also served as Law Faculty Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning (2001-2006) and QUT’s foundational Director, First Year Experience (2006-2007). In the latter role, significant enhancements to QUT’s policy and institutional culture were achieved in the areas of first year student engagement, support and curriculum design.

Sally received a National Teaching Award(AAUT) in 2003. In 2006, she was awarded one of three inaugural Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Senior Fellowshipsfor a program of work on the First Year Student Experience. In 2007, she led a Project Team that received an ALTC National Program Award for QUT Law Faculty’s Assessment and Feedback practices. In 2010, Sally was appointed an ALTC Discipline Scholar: Lawto lead that discipline’s work on the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project (LTASP). In 2011, she was appointed a member of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) inaugural Australian Law School Standards Committeeand in 2016 she was appointed to theLaw Admissions Consultative Committee’s (LACC’s) Assuring Professional Competence Committee. In 2017, Sally received an Australian Awards for University TeachingCareer Achievement Awardfor her contribution to Australian higher education. In 2018, she was appointed by Minister Birmingham as a member of the AQF Review Panel.

Sally has published widely on transition pedagogy, legal education and student transition, and has received numerous national and international invitations to deliver keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars on issues of contemporary relevance to higher education such as: transition and the first year experience; social inclusion and supporting diverse student cohorts; curriculum design to embed and assess graduate attributes and employability skills; teaching quality and improvement; student engagement; student success and retention; legal education; capstone experiences; and the legal implications of cyberbullying in schools. She has a substantial record of attracting grant and consultancy income and is frequently asked to sit on higher education review and appointment panels, and to evaluate teaching excellence, grant outcomes, and curriculum renewal across the disciplines.

Awards & recognition


Employment and Appointments 

Current positions:

  • Member, AQF Review Panel(Ministerial appointment).
  • Appointed Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) [2017-2020]
  • TEQSA Register of Experts
  • Higher Education Advisor to TAFE Queensland Academic Board
  • Visiting Research Fellow, NCSEHE, Curtin University
  • Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, Victoria University
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Business, Law & Governance, JCU
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Education, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Commerce, La Trobe University
  • Adjunct Professor, Learning & Teaching Unit, Chancellery, QUT
  • President, Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows (ALTF)
  • ALTC/ OLT Discipline Scholar: Law
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Law
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • Advisor, Applied Inspiration(International HE Advisory Services)
  • Senior Consultant, DVE Solutions
  • Chair, Journal of Student SuccessAdvisory Board
  • Member, Universities Australia Learning and Teaching Repository – Content Advisory Group
  • Member, The International Association for University Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Member, Studiosity Academic Advisory Board
  • Member, Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) Australian Law School Standards Committee

Past positions:

  • 2012-2017   Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), James Cook University
  • 2012-2014   Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law
  • 2011-2012   Adjunct Professor, James Cook University, Faculty Arts Education & Social Sciences
  • 2006-2009   ALTC Senior Fellow (First Year Experience)
  • 2006-2007   Inaugural QUT Director, First Year Experience
  • 2006-2012   Professor, QUT Faculty of Law
  • 2005-2012   Research Program Leader, Scholarship of Higher Education Learning in Law and
  • 2003- 2006  QUT Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
  • 2002-2007   Project Leader, QUT Teaching & Learning Development Large Grants
  • 2001-2006   Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning, QUT Faculty of Law
  • 1996-2003    Faculty of Law, QUT: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, First Year Coordinator
  • 1993-1995    Law Faculty, Griffith University: Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer, Skills Coordinator
  • 1988-1993   Law Faculty, Northern Territory University: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, Associate Dean

Keynotes and invited presentations

Research and scholarship

Kift Books, Book Chapters, Refereed Journal Articles, Refereed Conference Papers


Sample reports, non-refereed outputs & commentary

YouTube Videos