BEd, MEd, PhD, Hon. Doctorate Educational Studies
Born and raised in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Professor Jeannie Herbert (AM) is currently the Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. Prior to taking up this position at CSU, her long engagement in the sector included:
One of her most significant achievements in the university sector was providing the visionary leadership that led to the Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Participation, Research and Development (CATSIPRD) at James Cook University becoming the School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) in January 1998, thus positioning Indigenous education and people within the formal academic structure of that university.
Her work in the tertiary sector is the culmination of a long career in education that has included experience as a:
Prof. Herbert was awarded the prestigious Betty Watts Award by the Australian Association for Research in Education(AARE) in 2005. Her paper entitled "Owning the Discourse: Seizing the Power!" was presented at the AARE 2005 Conference, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, Sydney, NSW, Australia in November, 2005.
In recognition of her "research, teaching and leadership, and her significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in Indigenous education and to the advancement of JCU as a provider of Indigenous Higher Education", Prof. Herbert (AM) was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Educational Studies from James Cook University in 2008.
2006-2015 member of research team on 2 ARC projects led by Prof. D.M. McInerney, Hong Kong Institute of Education. Studies undertaken at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE), run concurrently as companion (2005-2010). Research focused on aspirations, motivations and learning strategies of Indigenous secondary students in the Northern Territory. Two refereed journal articles published to date.
Member of 2012 collaborative partnership (Charles Sturt University, Edith Cowan University and Monash University, various state and territory Indigenous Education consultative groups and other key stakeholders) who developed “A unit outline and content for professional learning units to support teachers in meeting Focus Areas 1.4 & 2.4, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)”, February, 2013.
Chaired Assessment Committee for the re-accreditation of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education’ (BIITE) Research Masters and PhD programs in September, 2013.
Member of research team undertaking Office of Learning and Teaching funded project (2013-2015, extended to 2016), entitled ‘Curricular Approaches to increasing Cultural Competence and Indigenous Participation in Psychology Education and Training'. UWA is the lead university - other participants include the universities - UNSW, Macquarie, Notre Dame – NSW Health and APA.