Leading Australian journalist joins UC

Leading Australian journalist joins UC

Edward O'Daly

4 February 2013: Leading Australian journalist Michelle Grattan will join the University of Canberra as a professorial fellow.

Michelle Grattan, who is currently the political editor of The Age newspaper, will take on a diverse role which will include teaching and research projects in politics and political communication, lecturing, public commentary and strategic advice.

Alongside her academic role, and with the agreement of the University, she will continue as a practising journalist, joining The Conversation as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent and commenting in radio and television.

The University has admired Michelle Grattan’s contribution to her profession for many years, and in 1994 recognised this with an honorary doctorate from the University.

Professor Parker said he was delighted to welcome Michelle Grattan to the University of Canberra.

“She will add to our contemporary and real-world teaching and research and be an invaluable source of advice,” Professor Parker said.

Michelle Grattan said “I am delighted to be associated with the University and look forward to contributing to its academic life, and especially to engaging with its students, while being able to continue to pursue political journalism”.

Michelle Grattan

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker congratulates Professor Grattan on her appointment as a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra. Photo: Michelle McAulay

Andrew Jaspan, editor of The Conversation and former editor of The Age said “I am truly delighted and honoured to be working again with Michelle. I thoroughly appreciated her advice, professionalism and acute political savvy while working with her at The Age. She epitomises the very best in political journalism.”

Professor Grattan will give guest lectures and tutorials at UC and advise Professor Parker and colleagues. She will also work on research projects, including research in political communication for the University’s ANZSOG Institute for Governance.

She has already agreed to give a public lecture in the National Security series run by former chief of army Professor Peter Leahy, the director of the University of Canberra National Security Institute and also a professorial fellow.

Professorial fellowships are awarded by a number of universities to public figures who join academic life after making an extraordinary contribution in their professional career, which is equivalent to becoming a full professor.