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The Chancellor, Mr David Morgan presided, assisted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Walker.
The MC was the Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tony Mordini.
The Mace-bearer was Mr Dale Warren.
The Faculty Representative was Mr Mark Kennedy.
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Jennifer Radbourne.
Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Gael McDonald.
Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, Professor Julie Wolfram Cox.
The student response was delivered by Mrs Anita Wilson.
Doctoral Degree Recipients
Dr Marlene Mary Drysdale - Thesis title: “Aboriginal Women and Reconciliation in Australia: Communication, Strategies and Symbolism.”
‘Aboriginal Women and Reconciliation in Australia’ explores the voices of Aboriginal women in the Reconciliation movement - 1991-2001. It charts their success and failure, the power of the media and reconciliation symbolism. Some of these women leaders retain a passionate commitment to reconciliation while others have totally withdrawn from the process.
Dr Kathleen Anne Triffitt - Thesis title: “Cultural Ways of Knowing:Reimag(In)'The Everyday' of People with HIV.”
As a strategic response to HIV, this research made a significant contribution to the development of effective models of translation - from a rhetoric of lived experiences of HIV to social, political and cultural change. This brought benefits to areas such as HIV health promotion and education, practice and policy.
Dr Marilyn Joan Chaseling - Thesis title: “Teaching Music in New South Wales Primary Schools: 1920-1956.”
This investigation concluded that from 1920 to 1956 the aim of schooling was to develop children into good citizens who were imbued with the best of British values. Music was valued for its contribution to this aim. In addition, that there were past periods when NSW schools were very musical places.
Dr Juliana Chau - Thesis title: “Developing English Skills Through Reflective Portfolios in Hong Kong Universities.”
This thesis concerns the use of reflective portfolios by teachers of English as a second language to assist non-native speakers in Hong Kong universities to complete their studies in English. Data analysis contributes to an enhanced understanding of the connection between second language acquisition, portfolios and reflection.
Dr Joanna Walkden Harris - Thesis title: “Feminist Perspectives on Gender Ideology in Recent Young Adult Literature.”
This study of gender in young adult literature examined a range of recently published texts in both the fantasy and realist genres and determined that narrative discourse contests the dominant patriarchal paradigm most successfully when female protagonists enact a trickster role.
Dr Hui-Chi Huang - Thesis title: “The Evolution and Conservation of Taiwan's Aboriginal Art Heritage.”
This thesis synthesises perspectives from heritage, museum studies, anthropology and contemporary art to provide a dynamic account of the role of art among the Aboriginal peoples of Taiwan. It proposes that the continuing practice of contemporary Aboriginal art in Taiwan is an important instrument for maintaining Aboriginal groups' cultural vitality.
Dr Lucas Michael Ihlein - Thesis title: “Framing Everyday Experience: Blogging as Art.”
This practice-based research PhD involved two blogs created within different contexts: one in the small Western Australian town of Kellerberrin, the other in the Sydney suburb of Petersham. Blogging was developed as an artform: to deepen social connection within small geographical areas; to reveal new knowledge about these specific localities; and to extend and critique traditions of socially-engaged and "relational" art practice.
Dr Mary Mahoney - Thesis title: “Exploring the Imperatives for Policy Health Impact Assessment.”
The thesis disturbs the seeming secure foundations of the dominant realist tales about the imperatives for the development of Health Impact Assessment, a relatively new policy devise used within governments to consider the effects of policies on health. Foucauldian genealogical approaches are used to provide alternative, non-linear and non-definitive accounts.
Dr Li Yi Wang - Thesis title: “Native English Speaking Teachers and Taiwanese English Teachers' Professional Identity.”
The study found that Native English Speaking Teachers (NESTs) helped Taiwanese English teachers define their weakness, strengths, roles and values through relationality. NESTs brought competing discourses to the profession. In addition, team teaching has become a site of tension threatening Taiwanese English teachers in activating their professional agency.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Dr Qismullah Yusuf
The degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) was conferred upon Dr Qismullah Yusuf for distinguished services to education, humanitarian effort, and reconstruction in Aceh.
The occasional address was delivered by Mr Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, The Australian.
Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor for The Australian, is the most influential foreign affairs analyst in Australian journalism. After 25 years in the field, he is a veteran of international affairs who has interviewed leaders all over the Asia Pacific and the US. He began his career in journalism in the late 1970s at The Bulletin. His first trips into Asia were to cover the Vietnamese refugee stories in the early 1980s.
In 1984 he joined The Australian as an Editorial Writer. In 1985 he was appointed Beijing Correspondent, and in 1986 and 1987 was Washington Correspondent. He returned to Sydney in 1988 as Chief Editorial Writer then in 1990 went to Canberra as the Foreign Affairs Writer. In 1992 he returned to Sydney as the paper's Foreign Editor.
Mr Sheridan has had a life-long love affair with Asia and is expertly familiar with its leaders and societies, having interviewed Presidents and Prime Ministers in Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand and numerous other countries in the Asia Pacific region including New Zealand. His work has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Sunday Times of London, The Asian Wall Street Journal, the Jakarta Post and the South China Morning Post. He is a frequent foreign affairs commentator on radio and television and is a sought-after speaker at conferences around the region. Mr Sheridan has written five books about Asia and Australian foreign policy, he has contributed to numerous academic and popular anthologies and has been a visiting fellow at several think tanks in Australia and the United States.