Associate Professor Brian D. Denman

Deputy Head of School, Head of Department Globalisation, Leadership & Policy - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Brian D. Denman

Phone: +61 02 6773 2269



I teach in Applied Leadership, Comparative and International Education, and Training and Development.

My current research focuses on the development of an online assessment tool that I have developed over the last 10 years called the Personal Assessment Tool (PAT).  This visual, alternative assessment rubric benchmarks, tracks, and scaffolds higher order skills in real time throughout the duration of a student's academic program.  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, accounts for a student's capability and not just ability, and may be used to improve quality assurance, accountability, not to mention team-taught strategies and initiatives.

I have held many posts, including Secretary-General of GlobalCIE (current) 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.  I hold a Ph.D. in social and policy studies in education from the University of Sydney.

Teaching Areas

Applied Leadership, Comparative and International Education, Training and Development

Research Interests

Personalised teaching, learning, and assessment; international higher education; visualising educational analytics; comparative education research; education systems

Research Supervision Experience

Current Research students include:
Project Title Degree Research Student

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


Michael Brogan

How Inclusive Educational Leadership Affects Teacher's Performance and Productivity in Schools


Amira Afifi

Institutional and Legal Challenges in Effectively Managing and Improving Disability Rights Implementation in Public Schools in Vietnam


Thi Thu Ha Hoang

The Use of Data Visualisations to Improve Student Academic Performance


James Seddon

A Case Study Analysis of NSW K-12 schools in the Mid North Coast, North Coast, and Northern Rivers


Jeff Allen

Comparative Case Study on Indigenous Justice Systems: Australia and USA

MEdRChristabelle Roberts

COVIDsafe: Use, misuse, and abuse


Callie Barrett

Liberation through Education: Tarbiyah as a Decolonial Praxis for the Education System in Pakistan


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.