Critical success factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education - Peter Radoll (23 Feb 2015)
With the push towards whole-of-university approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, universities have developed many different models with different levels of success. Drawing on his experience from across the sector, Professor Radoll, Director of the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Wollongong, discussed some of the critical success factors that he sees as crucial to a successful Indigenous Higher Education Strategy.
Professor Peter Radoll is inaugural Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research, and Director of the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. Before taking up his current position, Peter held various roles in the university sector including: Director of the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre and lecturer in Information Systems in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University; and Acting Director of the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre and Assistant Professor in Information Systems in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra. Peter holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Information Technology from the University of Canberra, and his PhD 'Stone Chips to Silicone Chips' from the Australian National University examined the adoption and effective use of Information Communication Technologies in Australian remote, rural and urban Aboriginal communities. Peter is Chief Investigator on the ARC funded National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network and is the Science and Technology Node Leader of NIRAKN. His interest lies in the Science and Technology field.
Peter has a strong involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. He currently is a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Research Advisory Committee. He has previously held the positions of Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Training at the University of Newcastle, member of the ACT Canberra Institute of Technology Council, member of the of the Canberra Institute of Technology Yurauna Centre's Advisory Committee, President of the National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation in 2003-2004, Deputy Chairperson of the ACT Government's Indigenous Education Consultative Body 2002–2004, and member of the ACT Government's Information Technology Advisory Board 2002–2005.