For most of her working life, Deborah has held positions in schools and higher education, and educational publishing. Since 1994, she has worked in educational and academic development support roles in Australian universities.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University. She is also a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In her current role as the Manager, Student & Education Office and Senior Education Developer for the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, she supports the scholarly community of the University, working with both staff and students to improve opportunities for high quality teaching and learning in face-to-face and online learning environments.
Since Deborah joined ANU in 2007, she has also worked in the Chancelry (on the Flexible Learning Project) and for the ANU College of Business Economics. She has served on Academic Board for four years as one of the elected professional staff members of that body and as a member of the Academic Board Steering Committee. She has also held posts previously at the University of Canberra, Western Sydney University, Central Queensland University, a variety of publishing houses and for the Queensland Department of Education.