Personal details

Adjunct Professor Cheryl Stock
Adjunct Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Arts (Flinders University of SA)

Professional memberships
and associations

Secretary General, World Dance Alliance Member of Australian Dance Awards Panel Honorary Life Member, Australian Dance Council (Ausdance) Member, Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA) Member, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editorial Board of Brolga – an Australian Journal about Dance(refereed), Editorial Board of Korean Society of Dance (refereed), Editorial Board of JEDS – WDA Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars (refereed)


Asian performing arts, Choreography, Contemporary dance and theatre, Intercultural performance, Interdisciplinary performance /arts, Performance installation/site specific work, Practice-led research, Research training and pedagogy, Vietnam culture

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


Associate Professor Cheryl Stock (Dance) is currently Coordinator of the Doctorate of Creative Industries and a member of the College of Mentoring Supervisors. She lectures publishes in the fields of

  • practice-led and creative arts research
  • contemporary Australian and Asian dance
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • intercultural, interactive and site-specific performance

Cheryl served as Director of Post Graduate Studies of the Creative Industries Faculty in 2012, held a Faculty-wide  research training position 2007-2011, and was QUT’s Head of Dance from 2000 until 2006.  Prior to that appointment she directed twenty cultural exchange programs in Asia, with twelve in Vietnam which resulted in her doctoral thesis on intercultural performance in Vietnam.

In 2003 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Dance Awards for outstanding contributions to dance as a choreographer, director, writer and leader in tertiary dance education. Cheryl was founding Artistic Director of Dance North (1984-1995) and recipient of an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (1994-1997).

Cheryl has served as National President of the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance), Chair of the Dance Board and Emerging Choreographers Fund, member of the Theatre Board, Interarts Board  for the Australia Council , as well as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee of the Queensland Government.

As an artist Cheryl has created over 50 dance and theatre works, with her most recent collaborative work for the Brisbane Festival, Accented Body, comprising an interactive performance installation across six Brisbane sites with distributed events in Seoul and London, working with artists and technology experts from Australia, UK, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

From 2007-2008, she was a Chief Investigator on the research project in “Dancing between Diversity and Consistency: Refining Assessment in Postgraduate Degrees in Dance and the Creative Arts”, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). In 2008, Cheryl curated and convened the World Dance Alliance Global Summit and in 2009 was appointed Secretary General of World Dance Alliance. She also serves on the editorial board of the following refereed dance journals: Brolga, Korean Society of Dance, Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars.  Cheryl has held positions at the Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School, and guest taught nationally and internationally, most recently in 2012 at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and UTAR (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman) in Malaysia.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Cheryl Stock.


As coordinator of the professional doctoral program coordinating and teaching both those units and teaching other post graduate units across the Faculty, Cheryl is committed to providing a supportive, collegial and stimulating environment for students entering QUT to undertake a research degree. While delivering common content in the units, her team endeavours to personalise feedback for each individual as she/he embarks on her/his distinctive research journey, in consulation with supervisors. Peer feedback is encouraged through a scholarly community of practice and intensive mode delivery. Her special interest are is in ‘translating’ effective writing that encompasses both industry and academic research. Dance is her passion and discipline, so she also teaches in the dance discipline in

  • Asian dance and performance
  • Australian dance 
  • dance analysis and aesthetics
  • contextualising dance for the 21st century.    

Initiatives which she led as Head of Dance included internationalisation of the curriculum and Indigenous perspectives, in both practical and theory based units. As Director of Postgraduate Studies in 2012 Cheryl was lead currciulum developer for the Master of Design (Research ) and held a Supervisor Retreat to share effective practices in Research Higher Degrees  including creating a compehensive resource in the form of a Supervisory Toolkit. Her personal pedagogical interests lie in the area of

  • creative arts at postgraduate level
  • effective academic writing thorugh reflective and critical analysis
  • industry/university connections for research higher degrees
  • support for international students and industry practitioners with little academic bacground   
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Cheryl Stock.


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