Associate Professor Brian D. Denman

Deputy Head of School - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Brian D. Denman

Phone: +61 02 6773 2269



Brian D. Denman is an associate professor of teaching, learning and assessment at the University of New England, Armidale, where he teaches applied leadership and comparative and international education. He also serves as Deputy Head of School.

Denman is directing an innovative inter-institutional initiative to teaching and learning by employing an alternative online assessment tool, Personal Assessment Tool (PAT), to master’s degree students in several countries.  It is generally understood that the utility of custom-tailored educational assessments benefits not only both instructor and student, but also provides a cost-effective strategy for fundamentally transforming the way teaching and learning is approached at any given level of education. Since 2011, refinements made in the development of the PAT have resulted in the creation of a visual, online tool that benchmarks, monitors, and maps the development and progression of student learning through the identification of higher order skills.  Through his work on PAT, Denman hopes to broaden the discourse about educational quality through personalised assessment while enabling universities and other educational institutions to better evidence student learning and teaching.  His current research interests focus on assessment, accountability, and visualising evidence-informed improvement.

At UNE, Denman teaches postgraduate courses in applied leadership and comparative and international education. Denman has held many posts, including Secretary-General of GlobalCIE and the World Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), UNESCO Fellow, UNE Council member, President of the Australian and New Zealand and Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives.  He holds a Ph.D. in social and policy studies in education from the University of Sydney.

Research Supervision Experience

Current Research students include:
Project Title Degree Research Student

Social Responsibilities of Universities: Perceptions and drivers of OHS culture and performance


Daphne McCurdy

Gross National Happiness (GNH): Literacy, Leadership, Lifelong Learning and Lifeworlds



Aboriginal Education:  Problem or calamity and the ‘social integration’ of Aboriginal people


Michael Brogan

The Use of Data Visualisations to Improve Student Academic Performance


James Seddon

Social Housing as a Vehicle for Increasing Participation in Education


Callie Barrett

English Language Curriculum based on Needs Analysis of Pakistani Madrassas


Tayyaba Nishat


Paul Mills, PhD (2019).  The effects of regime changes.  Study of recent political history of Mongolia since the fall of communism.

Joyce Noronha-Barrett, MEd(Admin) (2019).  Global Trends in Transnational Higher Education.

Vi Hoang Dang, PhD (2017). Vocational Education Training in Vietnam. Perceptions and improvement of image.

Orestis Valianatos, ProfDoc (2017).  Climate Change and Resource Efficiency:  A platform for organisational innovation and leadership.


Recent publications (2016-2018):


Suter, Larry, Emma Stone, & Brian D. Denman, eds. (2019).  The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education.  Sage Publications Ltd, London.


Denman, Brian D. & W. James Jacob, (2019).  “Rolland G. Paulston”.  In: Notable Twentieth Century North American Comparativists of Education, Erwin Epstein, ed., Routledge Press.

Suter, Larry,Emma Smith, & Brian D. Denman, (2019).  “Editors’ Introduction”.  In:  The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education, Larry Suter, Emma Stone, & Brian D. Denman, eds., Sage Publications Ltd., London, ISBN: 9781526419460.

Denman, Brian D., (2019).  “Critical Challenges in Approaches and Experience in Comparative Education Research”. In:  The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education, Larry Suter, Emma Stone, & Brian D. Denman, eds., Sage Publications Ltd., London, ISBN: 9781526419460

Denman, Brian D., Yumiko Hada, Qiang Liu, and David Turner (2018). “International Connections: Personal stories and cultural contexts in university partnerships”.  In:  Exploring Consensual Leadership in Higher Education:  Co-operation, collaboration and partnership.  Lynne Gornall, Brychan Thomas, Lucy Sweetman, eds., Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education Series, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, United Kingdom,, ISBN: 9781350043572.

Bossu, Carina, Natalie Brown, and Brian D. Denman (2018). “Responding to Change in Higher Education Section:  The role of professional and support staff”.  In:  University Development and Administration. Professional and Support Staff in Higher Education. Carina Bossu and Natalie Brown, eds., Springer Link, DOI:


Denman, Brian D., (2017). World-Class or World-Ranked Universities? Performativity and Nobel Laureates in Peace and Literature”.  In: Nordic Journal in Comparative and International Education, Heidi Biseth and Halla Holmarsdottir, eds., Vol 1, No 2, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo: 29-46.

Denman, Brian D., (2017).  “Post-Worldview?  A dialogic meta-narrative analysis of North-South, South-South, and Southern Theory”. In:  International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, Vol 19, No 2/3 Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK: 65-77.