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The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour that Deakin (via its Council) can bestow upon its academic staff members.
In October 2012 the title of Alfred Deakin Professor is conferred upon Professor Fethi Mansouri from the Faculty of Arts and Education:
Professor Mansouri is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and is a global expert advisor to the United Nations (Alliance of Civilisations) on cultural diversity and intercultural relations. He is a leading researcher in the University and a prominent scholar nationally and internationally. He is the principal supervisor of many PhD candidates in Middle Eastern studies, migration research and inter-cultural studies. Over the last ten years, Professor Mansouri has been awarded more than 30 research grants from a number of funding bodies including seven grants awarded by the Australian Research Council. Professor Mansouri has also received funding from government agencies, industry bodies and a number of philanthropic foundations.
Professor Mansouri has published fourteen books, nine major research monographs, more than sixty refereed research articles and book chapters, and many book reviews and media pieces. He has presented more than 120 invited conference and seminar papers and many other invited presentations at national and international symposia.
His most influential books include: 'Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West', (2007); 'Political Islam and Human Security' (2008); 'Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia' (2008); 'Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness' (2009); 'Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship' (2011, second edition); and 'Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking Through the Lens of Social Inclusion' (2011).
His recent books include: 'Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging' (2012); and 'The Arab Revolutions in Context: Socio-Political Implications for the Middle East and Beyond' (2012).
Professor Mansouri's 2004 book 'Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection' was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.
In March 2012 the title of Alfred Deakin Professor is conferred upon two staff from the Faculty of Arts and Education:
Professor Jill Blackmore joined Deakin University in 1987 as a Lecturer in Education. She was appointed to a Personal Chair in 2002 and to the position of Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, in 2009. The Centre aims to become the preeminent centre for educational research in the Asia Pacific region and is committed to theoretically informed, and practice oriented, research that informs educational policy and practice.
Professor Blackmore’s current work focuses on global restructuring and how it articulates locally in terms of organisational change and the production of teacher, academic and student identities.
The dominant research question throughout all her work is; “What do changing relations between structures, organisations and identities mean for more equitable education systems and a more equitable society?” She currently holds three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and two category 2 grants to support this work which involves teams across different faculties and universities. Professor Blackmore has a long history of successfully gaining external competitive grants to support her research.
Throughout her research career, promoting equity has been a constant, producing works such as Performing and Re-forming Leaders: gender, educational restructuring and organisational change (with Judyth Sachs 2007, SUNY Press) which won the Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association in the year it was published. From her earliest publications, Professor Blackmore has used feminist theory to inform the field of leadership and educational administration, and now edits a Routledge book series with Professor Pat Thomson (University of Nottingham) and Professor Helen Gunter (University of Manchester) on Critical Theories and Educational Leadership.
As Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation, Professor Blackmore has provided strong leadership in building an education research profile at Deakin by leading teams that have successfully built a research grant profile as well as a publication and impact profile. In addition, she has also been very successful in building future capacity by working closely with early career researchers and successfully supervising a large cohort of PhD students who consistently seek out Professor Blackmore to be the supervisor of their doctoral work. She carries a large load in PhD supervision and to date 24 of her doctoral students have successfully graduated. Many are now in successful academic positions across Australia and internationally.
Professor David Walker commenced at Deakin University in 1991 as Chair in Australian Studies. He is widely published, specialising in the historical examination of Australian responses to Asia. He has long been recognised, in Australia and internationally, as a leading cultural historian and has contributed to the development of Australian Studies programs in universities in Indonesia, China and Japan.
Prior to joining Deakin University Professor Walker graduated from Adelaide University with an honours degree in History. He completed his PhD in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in 1972. He lectured in History at Auckland University before moving to the History Department at the University of New South Wales in 1977, serving as Head of the School of History in 1990.
In 1997/98 Professor Walker held the Monash Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In 2001 he was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and in 2005 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Since 2005 he has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Renmin University, Beijing.
In 2010 Professor Walker held the ‘Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies’ at the University of Copenhagen and he received the Deakin University Award for Research Excellence.
As Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University, Professor Walker has taught a wide range of subjects from survey courses to specialist seminars. He regularly teaches large first year units with enrolments of between 150 and 250 students and he consistently achieves high student evaluations. Professor Walker has supervised and examined many PhD theses and he is the primary external supervisor of MA theses written by students in the Australian Studies Centre. In a three-year program there are now six final year students each year.
Professor Walker’s book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850-1939, has received much attention and recognition since its publication in 1999; it was awarded the Ernest Scott prize for the best history of Australia or New Zealand published in 1999/2000 and Professor Walker has subsequently been awarded two ARC Discovery Grants for two further volumes of this study.
In 2011 Professor Walker’s latest book, Not Dark Yet: A Personal History, was published; it is a memoir about the history of his family from the time of their settlement in South Australia in the late nineteenth century. He has also signed a contract for a new co-edited publication to appear later this year.
At its meeting in October, 2004 Council conferred the title of Alfred Deakin Professor upon Professor William Logan in recognition of his outstanding achievements as the UNESCO Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies and research undertaken within the CHCAP.
Professor Bill Logan became involved in cultural heritage conservation in the early 1970s, when he participated in resident action in inner Melbourne. He has been teaching, researching and consulting on Australian and Asian heritage issues since then.
Professor Logan holds the UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism in the then School of Social and International Studies. Since 1986 he has been an International Expert for the UNESCO Division of Cultural Heritage in Paris, where his work has mainly been related to UNESCO's international campaigns to safeguard world cultural heritage sites in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands. He has also acted for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at international meetings of experts in Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea. He is the Asia and Pacific Regional Co-ordinator of the 'Forum UNESCO: University and Heritage' network, which has Deakin's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) as its 'regional antenna'.