Indigenous staff perspectives in the academy: fellowships, tracking progress and the long plan
This workshop explored issues and solutions around inclusion and engagement of Indigenous academics in the academy. The presentation considered some of the issues and ideas around inclusion, including workforce-related recommendations out of the 2012 Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and focussed on identifying strategies within participants own institutions and communities of practice.
About the presenter...
Dr Sandy O'Sullivan is an Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) woman, a current Australian Research Council Fellow and an enduring Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (ALTF, funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching). Within the ALTF, she is the National Indigenous Representative, where her role is to discuss Indigenous higher education imperatives across the sector. With over 60 OLT/ALTC Fellows - appointed over the last 7 years, Sandy – unfortunately – remains the only Indigenous Fellow. Sandy will be running a workshop for the SANTPEN meeting to explore the issues and solutions for better understandings, inclusion and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and staff. The issues that will be raised, and worked through, include concerns around why we have such low participation, and why areas like fellowships and funding sources are often not sought by our Indigenous colleagues. The workshop will highlight some of the recommendations from the recent reviews into higher education, and participants will explore some of the obstacles and solutions within their own organisation. The workshop will also explain the work of the OLT as a source of support, information and funding for both Indigenous and non–Indigenous academics.