Dean, Indigenous Engagement - Science and Engineering

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1031100

Curtin University considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under section 50D of the 

Equal Opportunity Act 1984

 (WA). Therefore, only applications from suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people will be considered.

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Curtin is committed to embedding the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples at the forefront of our decision making to create and environment in which everyone thrives.

  • The Dean, Indigenous Engagement is a key appointment in our Faculty of Science and Engineering and is instrumental in informing and guiding the faculty on matters specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and ways of being and doing.
  • The Dean Indigenous Engagement will work across the university with Indigenous students, and all students, Academics, and professional staff to help create, guide and embed Indigenous knowledges and cultural capability, fostering inclusivity and belonging.

Outcomes for the Dean role include:

  • leading the development and implementation of the faculty’s Indigenous engagement strategy
  • cultivating pathway opportunities for Indigenous students to participate and succeed in courses offered by the faculty and in all aspects of university life.
  • supporting the development of stronger links between Indigenous Cultures and Knowledges and the faculty’s research activities
  • guiding the inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing throughout curriculum development which contributes to academic staff training and engagement outcomes across the University.

This role is being offered in a full-time continuing (permanent) capacity, with part-time engagement negotiable and is based at our

campus on Whadjuk Nyungar Country


Whilst it is preferable that the successful candidate will possess a PhD, we are focussed on finding the right balance of experience, community engagement and connections relevant to the role.

If your qualifications or experience look different from what we've described above, but you feel your skills and potential are a match to the capabilities we need, please apply. We are looking for diversity in experience, thought and approach.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Mark Ogden


Pro-Vice Chancellor Science and Engineering on 08 9266 4800.

About us

Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has five academic schools that deliver a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher degree by research (HDR) courses.

The five academic Schools are the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, and the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. The Faculty’s 1,500 academic and professional staff support student learning of more than 6,500 EFTSL (28% international) annually across almost all of Curtin’s campuses, including Perth, Kalgoorlie, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, as well as the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

The Faculty has a thriving research culture and hosts a number of University Research Centres and Institutes, including the Centre for Crop Disease and Management, the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, and the recently launched ARC Training Centre for Healing Country.

Our vibrant Bentley campus includes a gym, childcare, a medical centre, an art gallery, endless food options including a full-range grocer, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking, and excellent public transport connections.

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To apply for the

Dean, Indigenous Engagement

role, please ensure your application includes:

  • a cover letter
  • a copy of your current CV
  • statement addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role
  • Selection Criteria:
    • An established profile in, and significant contribution to, Indigenous engagement, teaching and research within the higher education sector is preferred. However, the focus for the role is on the right balance of experience, community engagement and connections.
    • Strong affiliations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and professional organisations.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively initiate, lead and implement strategic initiatives to raise and fulfil the aspirations of Indigenous people to engage with university study.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively initiate, lead and implement strategic initiatives to raise the cultural capability of non-indigenous people and fulfil the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be successful in the University.

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    Applications close: Thursday, 30 March 2023, 9pm AWST

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

    Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.
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