Foundation Dean of Education

Richard SELBY SMITH (1914-2005)

Dean, Faculty of Education (1964-1971)

Professor Selby Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1937) and a Master of Arts (1946) from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University (1939).

Early career

Professor Selby Smith was a Classics Master at Milton Academy, Massachusetts, USA, 1938-39; Classics Master at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire, 1939-40; worked with Kent Education Committee, 1946-50; Deputy Chief Education Officer, Warwickshire Education Committee, 1950-53; Principal of Scotch College, 1953-1964.

During World War II, Professor Selby Smith served in the Royal Navy from 1940-1946. Having enlisted as an Ordinary Seaman, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1944.

Monash career

Professor Selby Smith was appointed Professor of Education in 1964, and was founding dean with the establishment of the Faculty of Education in 1965 until leaving Monash University in 1971.

Minute of Appreciation from Council Meeting 4/71 (pdf 573kb)

External appointments
  • Principal of Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (1971-73);
  • Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty, University of Tasmania (1974-78);
  • Foundation member of the Australian College of Education;
  • Member of Australian Schools Commission;
  • Member of Ormond College Council, University of Melbourne.
  • Professor Emeritus of University of Tasmania (1974);
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1981);
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Monash University (1989);
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education;
  • The Richard Selby Smith Oration Series is named in recognition of Professor Selby Smith's contribution to education and the Australian College of Educators.
Sources of information

Who's Who in Australia; personnel files.

Professor Selby Smith, 1964

Professor Selby Smith, 1981