Western Sydney University announces new Associate Dean Indigenous Education

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce Corrinne Sullivan as inaugural Associate Dean of Indigenous Education, School of Social Sciences.

As an Aboriginal scholar from the Wiradjuri Nation in Central-West New South Wales, Ms Sullivan currently works within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, and has published multi-disciplinary research, which broadly focuses on experiences and effects of body and identities in relation to Indigenous Australian people.

Noting the University’s commitment to increasing Indigenous Australian participation in higher education, Ms Sullivan also highlighted the significant contribution Indigenous scholarship brings to higher education.

“I am proud to be appointed as the first Associate Dean of Indigenous Education and am excited about the potential of this position to enhance our University as a whole. The Western Sydney region is home to the largest urban population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, so it is vital our community is reflected within the University,” said Ms Sullivan.

Western Sydney University has seen a steady increase in the enrolment of Indigenous Australian students and actively promotes immersion and mentorship to them, many of whom are the first in their family to attend higher education.

“It is a true pleasure to welcome Corrinne as Associate Dean Indigenous Education. She has already contributed transformative research and curriculum development in her current position, which will help inform and shape this new position within the University,” said Professor Brian Stout, Dean School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

The appointment of the Associate Dean Indigenous Education is a part of the University’s broader Indigenous Strategy, which will be launched in early 2020. The strategy, led by Professor Michelle Trudgett, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation, underscores the University’s commitment to increase Indigenous employment, education, research and engagement at Western Sydney University.


20 December 2019

Clare Patience, Senior Media Officer