Professor Diana Davis

Professor Diana Davis

Position: Visiting Fellow
School and/or Centres: Centre for European Studies


Phone: +61 2 6125 4264


BA, DipEd,MA,B.Ed. (Melb), PhD (Monash) MAPsS.

Researcher profile:


She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Master of Arts (Australian Literature) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Social Psychology from Monash University. She has taught at RMIT, Monash University and James Cook University where she was initially Professor of Education and Head of the Department of Language and Arts Studies and then Foundation Professor of Creative Arts in which role she variously headed the Departments of Creative Arts, Art and Design, and Music before their amalgamation into the College of Music, Visual Arts and Theatre under her leadership. She was Deputy Chair of the university Academic Board and Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies. Her current role involves research, PhD supervision and consultancy work.

A Registered Psychologist until 2010 and current member of the Australian Psychological Society, her research spans a broad range of fields including the National Review of Visual Education, the National Committee on English Teaching Report of the Survey of Teacher Education in English/Language Arts in Australia, listening and speaking, national evaluation studies of programs relating to multicultural professional acculturation, career education, unemployed youth. She was a member of the Steering Committee which managed the research which culminated in the Strand Report (1998) on Research in the Creative Arts. Diana has also successfully supervised in excess of 130 postgraduate research theses and won the 2002 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision.
Recently she completed the National Review of Visual Education for the Australia Council and the Department of Education, Science and Training (now DEEWR). She is currently involved, with Emeritus Professor Don Close, in a national project researching postgraduate students’ perceptions of supervisory qualities. This study involves 15 Australian universities across all disciplines and includes students at different stages of candidature. Her other research interests include explorations of the role of listening in postgraduate supervision; shared qualities of lighthouse supervisors; the role of language in shaping performance behaviour in music and theatre

She was the recipient of the Dwight Prize, University of Melbourne awarded for  First Class Honours and Exhibitions in History and Philosophy of Education; Comparative Education; Educational Psychology. She was awarded an Australia-Korea Foundation Travel Grant and was selected for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision.

Diana is the Immediate Past President of the Print Council of Australia, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the International Listening Association. She was a member of the inaugural Board of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Chair of the Board of Tropic Line Research Theatre Company, Chair of the Theatre UpNorth Community Advisory Committee, and Deputy Chair of the International Festival of Young Playwrights. She has opened exhibitions in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, been a member of advisory groups on public art projects, and written scripts for Management videos as part of an Australian Vice Chancellors’ Committee (AVCC) funded project. Her experience also includes chairing the Curriculum Committee of the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies and being a member of the Board for three consecutive terms; chairing the Tertiary Entrance Procedures Authority of Queensland for two consecutive terms; serving on the Queensland Director General’s Expert Pedagogy Panel; and chairing the Staff Training Council in the Victorian Government’s Office of Corrections.

Professor Davis is currently the principal supervisor for five postgraduate research students and is a member of the supervisory panel for three additional research students.

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