Indigenous Perspectives in Learning & Teaching + Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy

Explore ways to successfully engage with and integrate Indigenous perspectives into your approaches to teaching and learning within a Higher Education context.
QUT EX course facilitator

Your expert facilitators Professor Peter J. Anderson & Professor Abby Cathcart

Professor Peter J. Anderson

Peter is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory. His research theorizes the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south.

Previously the Director of the Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit (IREU) at QUT, Professor Anderson now leads the Carumba Institute as the Executive Director as of 2020. He is also the Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). Under his leadership, the Carumba Institute aims to transform both Indigenous research and Indigenous education. Central to his role are training and employment-enhancing initiatives and fostering engagement and partnerships that matter to Indigenous people and communities through the Institute.

In 2020, in partnership with QALT, he successfully achieved a global first accreditation for the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Indigenous), which is a flagship education program for the Carumba Institute. This innovative professional development program is the first of its kind reflecting QUT’s leadership of the higher education sector’s ambitions to lift Indigenous participation, celebrate Indigenous excellence and recognise Indigenous contribution. Click here to learn more about Professor Peter J. Anderson.

Professor Abby Cathcart

Abby is the Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. She has worked at QUT since 2007 and was a Professor of Work and Organisation in QUT Business School until 2018 when she became a senior staff member in the Learning and Teaching Unit.

Professor Cathcart is Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, a portfolio which includes Evaluations, the Higher Education Research Network, Expert Peer Review of Educational Practice, Awards and Grants, Professional learning, and recognition by the Higher Education Academy for QUT staff members. She has been a TEQSA Expert for the last 6 years, an assessor for AAUT, and QUT's Institutional member of CAULLT.

Abby is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and leads the AdvanceHE Australasian Accredited Leaders Network. Since 2014 more than 1000 QUT staff members have successfully been recognised as HEA Fellows. Professor Cathcart co-leads the award winning  Teaching Advantage Program for doctoral students who want to build academic careers. She co designed and co-leads the Indigenous Perspectives in Learning and Teaching module for staff (with the QUT Carumba Institute), and developed the innovative specialist award Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the HEA, which was accredited by AdvanceHE in 2019.  Abby has worked with Universities across the world to promote teaching quality, develop academic governance structures, and build professional recognition schemes. Most recently she has led development programs in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Click here to learn more about Professor Abby Cathcart.

QUT EX course testimonial

QUT has created a cohort of staff able to communicate their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, perspectives and peoples as responsible practice.

I congratulate QUT for creating an environment for people to speak to themselves, and through themselves, in order to find a pathway to integrate Indigenous perspectives in their curriculum. QUT is providing sound, solid leadership in this space nationally and I look forward to seeing how the program develops.

Professor Gary Thomas

Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education, RMIT University

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