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Adjunct Professor Sally Kift
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Education Systems, Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
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Master of Laws (Queensland University of Technology), LLB (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 2017-2020: Appointed Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
  • 2017: Fellow, Australian Academy of Law
  • 2017: Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • 2017: Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • 2014: TEQSA Expert
  • 2011-current: President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (elected)
  • Jan 1984: Admitted as Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland.
  • Jun 1986: Admitted as Legal Practitioner of Supreme Court of Northern Territory.
  • Jun 1987: Name entered on High Court Register of Practitioners.

assessment, curriculum renewal, cyberbullying, first year experience, graduate attributes, legal education, scholarship of teaching, transition pedagogy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Sally Kift is an Adjunct Professor with the Chancellery at QUT.

Her recent university positions include:

  • 2019: Visiting Professorial Fellow, NCSEHE, Curtin University
  • 2018-2019: Ministerial appointment: Member, AQF Review Panel
  • 2018: Visiting Research Fellow, NCSEHE, Curtin University
  • 2017-2020: Appointed Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
  • 2017-2020: Higher Education Advisor to TAFE Queensland Academic Board
  • 2017-2020: Adjunct Professor, College, Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University
  • 2017-2018: Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, Victoria University
  • 2017-2019: Adjunct Professor, Learning & Teaching Unit, Chancellery, QUT
  • 2017-2020: Adjunct Professor, School of Education, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Commerce, La Trobe University
  • 2017-current: Fellow, Australian Academy of Law
  • 2017: Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • 2012-2017: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), James Cook University
  • 2012-2014: Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law
  • 2011-current: Member, Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) Australian Law School Standards Committee
  • 2011-current: President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (elected)
  • 2011-2012: Adjunct Professor, James Cook University, Faculty Arts Education & Social Sciences
  • 2010 – 2011: ALTC Discipline Scholar: Law – jointly with Professor Mark Israel (UWA) – to lead the law discipline’s work on the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project (LTASP)
  • 2008 – 2009: ALTC Senior Fellow
  • 2006 – 2007: QUT’s inaugural Director, First Year Experience
  • 2002 – 2007: Project Leader, Teaching and Learning Development Large Grants
  • 2001 – 2006: Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, QUT Faculty of Law.

In the latter role, significant enhancements to QUT’s policy and institutional culture were achieved in the areas of first-year student engagement and curriculum design.
For a full CV, please email Sally.
Research interests

  • legal education
  • first-year experience
  • assessment
  • curriculum design to embed graduate attributes
  • criminal law
  • cyberbullying.

Sally has a substantial record of attracting grant and consultancy income.
She 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.
Before joining QUT in 1996, Sally Kift worked in the private and public sectors:

  • as an employed solicitor with (then) MG Lyons and Co. (now Ebsworth and Ebsworth) – Brisbane.
  • as associate to two Federal Court Judges (Fitzgerald and Spender JJ) – Brisbane
  • in the areas of litigation, legal policy and aboriginal land claims for the Government of the Northern Territory.

While in the Northern Territory, Sally was active in the Northern Territory Law Society:

  • acting as Secretary of the Law Society’s Public Purposes Trust
  • co-ordinating Law Week and the Society’s Continuing Legal Education Program
  • starting up and coordinating the Law Society’s Inter-School Mock Trial Competition.

Sally has previously taught at:

  • Northern Territory University – Darwin (1986-1993)
  • Griffith University – Brisbane (1994-1995).

Sally Kift has published widely in Legal Education and in Criminal Law.
She has received many national and international invitations to deliver keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars on issues relating to:

  • transition and the first-year experience
  • curriculum design to embed and assess graduate attributes
  • teaching quality and improvement
  • student engagement
  • the current state of legal education
  • the legal implication of cyberbullying in schools

Awards and recognition
Sally has received both local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching.

  • 2018: Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) INSPO LIST: 2018 List of women who have inspired
  • 2017: Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (FAAL)
  • 2017: Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention Success (STARS) Inaugural Fellow
  • 2013: First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Inaugural Fellow
  • 2013: LexisNexis ALTA Mentor of Teaching Award for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching of Law
  • 2010: ALTC Discipline Scholar: Law
  • 2007: Sally led a Law Faculty Project Team which received an ALTC National Program Award (Carrick Institute) for QUT Law Faculty’s Assessment and Feedback practices.
  • 2006: awarded one of three inaugural Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Senior Fellowships for a project entitled, Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and enhance the first year learning experience in Australian higher education.
  • 2003: one of eight national Teaching Award winners (winning the AAUT Economics, Business, Law and Related Studies category) who each received a $40,000 federal government grant. She was specifically recognised for her work in the development of the first year curriculum, support for sessional teaching staff, online teaching policy development, the improvement of first year student experience and the development of graduate capabilities.
  • 2001: a national finalist (with Kingsford Legal Centre) at the Australian Awards for University Teaching, where she was runner-up in the Law and Legal Studies category.
  • 2001: one of three recipients of QUT’s Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1999: Law Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Sally Kift.


Units currently taught

  • On secondment
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Sally Kift.


Recent consultancies

  • 2011: UNSW – Law curriculum renewal (April 2011) (forthcoming)
  • 2011: Southbank Institute of Technology – Student Engagement (forthcoming)
  • 2010-11: University of Adelaide et al –  Project Evaluation (forthcoming)
  • 2010: University of Newcastle – Law School Programs’ Review
  • 2010: PriceWaterhouse Coopers – Swinburne University engagement consultancy
  • 2010: UWS – Peer review (Law)
  • 2010: UTS – Insearch: Student Engagement
  • 2010: Charles Sturt University – FYE and Transition Pedagogy
  • 2010: Macquarie University – Institutional approach to FYE (September)
  • 2010: NCSEHE – with Nelson (QUT) and Payne (Deakin) – Evaluation of equity101 website
  • 2010: La Trobe University – FYE and First Year Curriculum Design
  • 2010: University of Sydney – First Year Curriculum Design (Business)
  • 2010: Australian National University – First Year Curriculum Design
  • 2010: University of Wollongong – FYE and First Year Curriculum Design
  • 2010: Macquarie University – Institutional approach to FYE  (February)
  • 2010: University of South Australia et al – Peer review
  • 2009-10: University of the Sunshine Coast et al – Project Evaluation
  • 2009: University of South Australia – Advice & Project Evaluation
  • 2009: Association of Academic Language and Learning Advisors – Institutional Partnerships
  • 2009: Victoria University – First Year Curriculum Design
  • 2009: Deakin University – Student Engagement (Business and Law)
  • 2009: La Trobe University – First Year Curriculum Design (Outdoor Education)
  • 2009: University of Western Sydney: First Year Curriculum Design (Health & Science)
  • 2008: Deakin University: Student Engagement
  • 2008: University of South Australia: Advice & Project Evaluation.
  • 2007: University of Southern Queensland: Curriculum Design in Law
  • 2007: University of Technology Sydney: Embedding Law Graduate Attributes (Nov & Sept)
  • 2007: Victoria University, Wellington, NZ: First Year Experience
  • 2007: Flinders University: Academic Development, Staff Development & Training Unit
  • 2007: University of the Sunshine Coast: Sessional Staff Development
  • 2006: University of Newcastle: Graduate attribute training in law
  • 2005: Charles Sturt University: Student Experience Conference
  • 2004: Deakin  University: 21st Century Legal Education;  Reflective Teaching Practice (Law)
  • 2004: University  of Newcastle: Assessment in Law;  First Year Experience
  • 2004: Macquarie  University: First Year Curriculum Renewal
  • 2004: Australian Universities Teaching Committee: Assessment of 2004 AAUTs
  • 2004: Charles Sturt University: CSU Student Experience Project
  • 2003: Thomson Legal and Regulatory: Audit of Motor Vehicle Law Service QLD

Note: No consultancy fees were charged for Fellowship-related work over the formal period of the ALTC Senior Fellowship. 
Academic employment

  • 2006 – current: Professor, QUT Faculty of Law
  • 2003 – 2006: QUT Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
  • 2001 – 2006: Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, QUT Faculty of Law
  • 2000 – 2003: QUT Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law
  • 2000: A/Faculty External Affairs Facilitator
  • 1999 – 2001: Law Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (FREA); Law Rep on UHREC.
  • 2000, 1996-1998: First Year Coordinator, Undergraduate Law Programs
  • 1996: Appointed QUT Level B
  • 1995: Lecturer in Law, Griffith University; Joint Skills Coordinator.
  • 1994: Senior Research Fellow, CAUT Grant, Griffith University
  • 1990 – 1993: Senior Lecturer, Northern Territory University, Associate Dean, A/Dean
  • 1988 – 1989: Lecturer in Law, NTU
  • 1987: Sessional Tutor, University College of NT
  • 1982 – 1985: Sessional Tutor, QIT

Professional employment

  • 1988 – 1989: Secretary, NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust
  • 1986 – 1987: Senior Legal Officer, NT Department of Law
  • 1985 – 1986: Employed Solicitor, MG Lyons & Co (now Ebsworth & Ebsworth)
  • 1984 – 1985: Judge’s Associate to Justices Fitzgerald and Spender, Federal Court of Australia (Attorney-General’s Department (Cth))
  • 1982 – 1983: Articled Clerk, MG Lyons & Co
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Sally Kift.


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