- Professor Gary Thomas
- Visiting Fellow
Office of the Provost,
Learning & Teaching Unit,
QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching
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- Identifiers and profiles
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Art (University of Queensland)
- Professional memberships
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium Aboriginal Corporation (NATSIHEC AC) – National Secretary (2012 – Current) and Chair (2005 – 2008)
World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium – Member (Academic and Research Journal Working parties)
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority – Registered Expert
Australasian Association for Institutional Research – Member
Australian College of Educators – Member
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Higher Education, Indigenous Knowledges, Curriculum, Learning and Teaching
Dr Gary Thomas is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director, Academic Indigenous Knowledges in the Learning and Teaching Unit. Dr Thomas has worked at the University of Southern Queensland, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. Prior to commencing at QUT, Dr Thomas held dual Directorships in Indigenous Education and Equity and Student Support Services at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Dr Thomas was the senior manager responsible for a portfolio of university wide services including Indigenous Education, Disability, Counselling, Student Health Promotion, the Office of Student Complaints, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace, Anti Discrimination Training and Complaints Handling. He also performed the role of Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Student Services) for 10 months.
Dr Thomas has contributed to Indigenous Education at both national and international levels over many years. He was elected Chair of the National Indigenous Higher Education Network (NIHEN) from 2005 – 2008 and was appointed National Secretary in 2012 when this network incorporated to become the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC).
As a member of the Academic and Research & Journal Working Groups for the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC), he has been part of the editorial team for the ERA rated WINHEC Journal since 2007. He has been instrumental in the development of the first taught programs of the World Indigenous Nations University.
Dr Thomas was an Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) Auditor and is currently a Registered Expert for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority (TEQSA).
As the Associate Director, Academic Indigenous Knowledges, Dr Thomas promotes, develops and supports the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges across the curriculum.
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS / SPEECHES
2012 World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium International Indigenous Research Conference, Celebrating and Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge through Higher Education and Celebrating and Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge through Research, 19 September, Hualien Taiwan – Co Author and Presenter;
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders Forum, 4 and 5 December, University of Western Sydney, Penrith – Facilitator
2011 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access and Outcomes in Australian Higher Education – Behrendt Review (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) Preparatory Sessions 24 May, Canberra – Facilitator; Creative Thinkers Event 29 August, Canberra – Co-Facilitator
2010 Victorian Humanist Society Annual Dinner: Melbourne, Indigenous Education, the Future – Dinner Speaker;
Centre for Strategic Education – Indigenous Education Focus Group: Closing the Gap – learning leads to action: Melbourne 28 May – Conference Rapporteur
2009 Australian Universities Quality Forum: Alice Springs, 1 – 3 July, Plenary Panel Presentation: Quality and Indigenous Education – Making a Difference?
Forum on Indigenous Learning and Teaching: University of Melbourne, 11 December, Plenary Panel Presenter: From Cultural Awareness to Indigenous Studies and Back: Developing Connections
2008 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: UN Headquarters New York, USA; 21 April to 3 May, Chair, National Indigenous Higher Education Network Delegation
2007 Yapaneyepuk – Worawa Indigenous Education Conference: Crown Palladium May 25 -27 – Senior Rapporteur;
Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council 2nd Annual Conference: University of Western Australia, Perth – 18 & 19 September, Enhancing Indigenous Australian Cultures on Australian Campuses – Panel Presenter
2004 UNESCO 2nd Global Forum on Quality Assurance in Higher Education: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris – Widening Access June 28, 29. Opening Plenary Panel Speaker
Awards and recognition
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- Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) awarded August 2016
- Advisor/Consultant for Industry
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- Current TEQSA Registered Expert and former Honorary Auditor for Australian Universities Quality Agency (2006 - 2012)
- Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
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- Current appointment National Secretary of the NATSIHEC since 2012. Elected Chair (2005 - 2008)