Emeritus Professor Roger Scott holds a BA with first class honours in political science and ancient history and a Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania. His academic career began in 1962 when he was appointed Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. The fieldwork for his doctoral thesis on the development of trade unions in Uganda was completed while he was a Rockefeller Teaching Fellow at the University of East Africa, Kampala. From 1965-1977 he held teaching appointments at the University of Sydney, the Queen's University of Belfast, and the Canberra College of Advanced Education.
Over his long career, he has provided advice to overseas governments across a range of topics, starting with minimum wages in Uganda and including issues of public sector reform in Kazakhstan and Nepal and courses on development administration for students from Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
In 1977 he was appointed J.D.Story Professor of Public Administration, University of Queensland. He was responsible for introducing the Master of Public Policy Course. He served as President of the Academic Board, 1986-1987.
In 1987 he became Principal of the Canberra CAE, then became Foundation Vice-Chancellor when the CCAE became the University of Canberra.
From 1990-1994 he served as Director General of Education, Queensland.
In 1994 Professor Scott was appointed Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Management, Griffith University and later that year became Dean of Arts, Queensland University of Technology and subsequently Professor of Public Management, Faculty of Business, QUT.
Since his retirement from full-time employment in 2001, he has held sessional and then honorary appointments at the University of Queensland in the School of Political Science and International Studies.
Between 2009 and 2013 he was Project Director on an oral history project 'Queensland Speaks' in the Centre for the Government of Queensland within the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics.
He has been a member or chair of several Quality Assessment Panels of the Queensland Office of Higher Education and a member of similar bodies in several states during the College of Advanced Education era. He also served on several Federal Government committees of enquiry into education, including management education (Ralph Committee), aboriginal education (Yunipingu Committee), and university management (Linke Committee).