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Professor Jeannie Herbert
Chair of Indigenous Australian Studies
James Cook University
Jeannie Herbert is an Aboriginal woman, originally from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, who holds the position of Chair of Indigenous Australian Studies and the Head of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at James Cook University.
She was formerly the Director of the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England. Jeannie has a strong background in the field of education and training. Since graduating as a primary teacher in 1962, she has taught across all levels of education - pre-school through to tertiary, in Australia and overseas. In 1983, Jeannie made the transition from the classroom to educational administration and subsequently worked in Nhulunbuy and Darwin for Darwin Institute of Technology (DIT - now the Northern Territory University).
Returning to Queensland in 1987, Jeannie became heavily involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education across the P-12, TAFE and higher education sectors. After completing a Master in Education - Guidance and Counselling, she gained additional operational experience as a professional development officer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and guidance officer, and further management experience as a senior guidance officer and school principal.
In 1994, Jeannie set up her own education and training consultancy and, subsequently, was awarded various national projects. These included the research and writing of professional development materials, for teachers, to address issues of gender and violence in schools from Indigenous perspectives, as well as the development of training packages and the delivery of a series of national training programs, for the people who would conduct the professional development at the school level. Jeannie also conducted various program evaluations for a range of government and private sector organisations.
Jeannie moved into the university sector in 1996. Her particular research interest is Indigenous success in education. Her doctoral research probed the question, "Is success a Matter of Choice?" for Indigenous Australian students undertaking university studies.
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