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Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Sandra Phillips is an Aboriginal woman from the North Burnett region of Queensland. Raised on-Country, Sandra takes her First Nations status from her mother’s lineages of Waka Waka and Gooreng Gooreng. Sandra’s late father was from the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg. An Arts graduate from 1980s UQ, Sandra became a leader in Australian book editing and publishing through work with Magabala Books, the University of Queensland Press, and Aboriginal Studies Press. Completing a PhD in 2012 led Sandra to full-time work in Australian higher education holding lectureships at the University of the Sunshine Coast then QUT Creative Industries before a leadership role at UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research and now as Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. Broadly speaking, Sandra’s research focusses on Indigenous creativity. Sandra is a board member of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and of the Library Board of Queensland which governs the State Library of Queensland.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), The University of Queensland
  • 2018–2020
    Coordinator Indigenous HDR, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2013–2018
    Lecturer, QUT Creative Industries
  • 2012–2013
    Lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast