Welcoming Professor Adam Shoemaker as the University’s fifth Vice Chancellor

Published in Issue 3 - 2016

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Professor Adam Shoemaker vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University

Professor Adam Shoemaker vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University

I’m very pleased to offer my personal greetings to our alumni community as Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University.

It is my great privilege to succeed Professor Peter Lee following his retirement. It was wonderful to start my role with our Lismore graduation ceremonies, an opportunity to meet some of our newest alumni.

I am convinced that Southern Cross is one of those special universities which is poised to make an even more significant mark in Australian higher education, thanks to its personal approach, connectivity and progressive outlook.  

I hope to have the pleasure of meeting members of our alumni community in coming days and want to express my personal best wishes as I begin my journey with you.

Sincerely

Adam Shoemaker

Professor Shoemaker is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the area of Indigenous literature and culture. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University, he held senior leadership roles at a number of other Australian universities including Academic Provost at Griffith University, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University.

A former Commonwealth Scholar, Professor Shoemaker is the author or editor of nine books in the field of Indigenous literature and culture, and is also widely published in the areas of international and digital education; race relations; and cultural studies. His achievements in community engagement include founding the Oxfam-Monash Partnership and co-founding the Monash-World Vision Alliance, both of which encompassed action research, in-country projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, student-focused internships and curriculum change.

Canadian by birth, Professor Shoemaker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a PhD from the Australian National University. He served as Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival in the mid-1990s and edited a landmark anthology of Australian writing and photography which was published in association with the Sydney 2000 Olympics. For many years he chaired the Advisory Board of Monash University Publishing and was on the Advisory Board of Campus Review. Professor Shoemaker is a former Director of Open Universities Australia, is a trustee of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School and—most recently—was Deputy Chair of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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