Indigenous Seminar Series


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Presenter:  Ms Kim Robertson

Date: Aug 23, 2018

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Tracy Woodroffe
T: 08 8946 6624
E: tracy.woodroffe@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Savannah Room, Building Yellow 1, Levle 2, Room 48

Target audience:  This event is open to the public.

Indigenous academics are poorly represented in the Australian higher education workforce and fall short of the current parity target of 2.7%.The reasons for this are largely undocumented, and we know there is a lack of literature that examines the professional experiences of Indigenous academics in Australia.

This research, part of a broader ministerial report undertaken by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium, uses an ethnographic approach to address the current knowledge gaps. Interviews with Indigenous academics and senior executive staff at three Australian universities, all ranked highly for Indigenous representation and participation, reveal insights about the personal experiences within the Academy. The results propose that the ideological paradigm used to increase representation needs to transcend equity and instead acknowledge Indigenous employment as strategic investment.

About the presenter

Kim Robertson is a Murri woman from North Queensland. She is the Senior Analyst Indigenous Policies and Programs and PhD Candidate in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at CDU. She has worked in Indigenous affairs across Northern Australia for 25 years.

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