Monash University appoints Professor Mick Dodson as Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow

Mick Dodson
Mick Dodson

Eminent Australian, Professor Mick Dodson AM, has been appointed a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow by Monash University, where he will provide advice, leadership and mentoring on matters relating to Indigenous affairs.

A distinguished Monash alumnus and former Australian of the Year (2009), Professor Dodson recently accepted the three-year appointment which he will fill until 2019.

With a long and notable career, Professor Dodson was the Australian Human Rights Commission’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and a Professor of Law at the Australian National University.

Recognised internationally as an advocate and expert on native title, human rights and issues affecting Indigenous peoples locally and globally, Professor Dodson said he was honoured to accept the role.

“It’s gratifying to achieve this recognition and acknowledgement, and I hope I can give something back to the University. I hope the appointment can inspire others, particularly indigenous young people who want to go to university and try and achieve further education.”

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said she was very pleased Professor Dodson had accepted the invitation to contribute to the University.

“Professor Dodson has earned an international reputation for his expertise on legal and cultural matters encompassing Indigenous law, social justice and human rights,” Professor Gardner said.

“As Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, his advice and experience will be invaluable for the University as it strives to foster a truly diverse and inclusive community. I look forward to working with him more closely.”

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.