Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows - current

Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows are persons of national and international eminence, involved in development and implementation of strategic, student, research and operational activities of the University. They are integral to Monash's outreach in encouraging public intellectual discourse and  debate, leadership development and mentorship to students and staff. Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows are bestowed with the title of Professor for the duration of their appointment at the University.


Louise Adler, AM

Louise Adler, AM

One of the most significant figures in contemporary Australian publishing, Louise Adler has led publishers Reed Books Australia and Melbourne University Publishing, and edited the Australian Book Review. A former President of the Australian Publishers Association, Executive Committee member of the International Publishers Association, and presenter of the ABC’s Radio National ‘Arts Today’ program, Louise has made a sustained and distinguished contribution to the arts and the community through her involvement in the print and electronic media, arts education leadership, university governance and public discourse. Organisations with which she has held board memberships have included the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and Methodist Ladies’ College (as Chair). In recognition of her achievements and service, Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 (for her service to literature as a publisher, through support for and promotion of emerging authors, to tertiary education, and to the community) and awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 2015 by Monash University, where she had been a Deputy Chancellor and a long-standing member of the University Council.

As a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Louise’s role includes providing strategic advice, contributing her expertise to academic disciplines, especially disciplines within the Faculty of Arts, and advancing the University and its interactions with the community.


Mick Dodson, AM

Mick Dodson, AM

Distinguished Monash alumnus Professor Mick Dodson, member of the Yawuru peoples, is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University, at which he was a Professor of Law and inaugural Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.  The Australian Human Rights Commission’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick has worked extensively as a legal advisor in native title and human rights.  He is internationally renowned as an advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Indigenous peoples locally and globally.  His awards include Membership of the Order of Australia (for service to the indigenous community, particularly in raising awareness of social justice issues, as a contributor to advancing the reconciliation process, and as a campaigner for native title rights) and Australian of the Year, 2009.

Mick's role as a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow includes providing advice, leadership and mentoring on matters relating to Indigenous affairs.


John Funder, AC

John Funder, AC

John Funder is widely recognised for his contributions to research in cardiovascular endocrinology. He has published over 600 scientific papers, given more than 200 international invited presentations, supervised 40 PhD students and mentored many more. His research has ranged widely, but he is best known for his contributions to the physiology and pathophysiology of the steroid hormone aldosterone and its role in hypertension. His contributions have been recognised internationally by awards from the American Heart Association, Endocrine Society (USA), International Society for Hypertension, and the IPSEN foundation. John was Deputy Director of the Prince Henry’s Hospital Medical Research Centre (a forerunner of the Hudson Institute) and Director of the Baker Institute (now Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute). He chaired the International Society for Endocrinology, Australian Society of Medical Research, Endocrine Society of Australia, VicHealth, and SANE Australia, and was inaugural Executive Chair of Obesity Australia. In 2015, John was awarded Australia's highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for eminent service to medicine, to the development of academic health science centres, and to mental illness, obesity, and Indigenous eye-health programs.

John's role as a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow includes providing strategic advice, contributing his expertise to academic disciplines, especially disciplines within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and advancing the University and its interactions with the community.


Wai-Kwong Seck

Wai-Kwong Seck

Distinguished Monash alumnus and Monash Fellow Wai-Kwong Seck is Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, at State Street Bank and Trust Company.  He has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, management and growth of State Street’s Global Services, Global Markets and Global Exchange businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.  His previous positions include Chief Financial Officer, Singapore Exchange, and senior positions in the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore’s DBS Bank.  He holds board/committee appointments with the Singaporean Government, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Trinity International University (Chicago).  In 2017, he was awarded The Public Service Medal of Singapore.

As a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Wai-Kwong’s role has particular focus on contributing to Monash Business School’s MBA, alumni engagement and the School’s profile in the region and beyond.


Mary Vallentine

Mary Vallentine, AO

One of Australia’s most distinguished arts administrators, Mary Vallentine has held appointments including Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Recital Centre, Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Administrator of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.  Mary has undertaken arts consultancies for Musica Viva Australia, Victorian Opera Company and New Zealand Symphony.  Her community involvement has led her to board positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra, The Myer Foundation, Malthouse Theatre and the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.  Among her awards are Officer of the Order of Australia and the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.

Mary’s role as a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow includes providing strategic advice, expertise and mentoring in matters relating to the performing arts.


The Hon. Marilyn Warren, AC

The Hon. Marilyn Warren, AC

Distinguished Monash alumna Marilyn Warren was the first woman to have been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the first female Chief Justice in any Australian state or territory. During her 14 years as Chief Justice of Victoria (2003 - 2017), Marilyn served also as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria (2006 - 2017). Marilyn's early career encompassed legal practice in the public and private sectors, culminating in appointment as Queen's Counsel (QC). She was first appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 1998. Australia's highest honour, a Companionship in the Order of Australia (AC), was awarded to Marilyn for her service. As Chief Justice, Marilyn was chair of many legal and judicial bodies, including the Courts Council, the Judicial College and the Judicial Commission of Victoria, the Victorian Council of Legal Education, the Victoria Law Foundation and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. The University conferred on Marilyn the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 2004.

As a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Marilyn's role includes contributing to teaching and learning activities within the Faculty of Law and advancing the University's interactions with the community.

See also:

Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows - past