Key academic staff for the Indigenous Studies Unit:
Associate Professor John Whyte – Deputy Dean, Indigenous Studies Unit
John has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian and Native American communities to further community engagement, enhance health service program delivery and improve access to secondary and tertiary educational pathways and programs.
In his current role of Deputy Dean, Indigenous Studies Unit, John works across Vocational Education and Higher Education sectors to develop and deliver Indigenous-content courses across the University, to develop and deliver strategic educational programs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across Australia, and to link with University resources to further innovations in work-ready program engagement and delivery.
John teaches in Mythbusting Reality: Indigenous v Western.
Dr Suzi Hutchings - Senior Lecturer
Suzi has extensive experience working professionally and academically in the fields of social justice, youth, family law, Indigenous affairs, tertiary education, community service and health in Australia and North America. Suzi’s expertise in these fields has included work with urban, rural and remote Aboriginal community organisations, native title representative bodies, government, and private sector stakeholders.
Complementing her work on Indigenous identity; Indigenous youth and social justice and native title, Suzi’s current research interests focus on the social meanings of Indigenous and minority hip-hop among youth in Australia and North America.
Emily Poelina-Hunter – Lecturer
Emily's work involves integrating Aboriginal knowledge, content and methodologies in her research and Indigenous community engagement. Emily’s current research focuses on investigating cultural safety, including critical analysis of policies and initiatives (such as Reconciliation Action Plans) that intend to provide environments that respect, support, and grow Indigenous academic capacity in Australian universities.
Emily is currently completing a PhD at The University of Melbourne, on prehistoric tattooing and anthropomorphic art in Early Cycladic culture (ca. 3200-2000 BCE) which has seen her awarded several significant scholarships for her archaeological fieldwork involving travel to Israel, the Republic of Georgia, Turkey, and Greece.
Julia Torpey-Hurst - Associate Lecturer
Julia's interests cross story-telling and social justice themes, and she has successfully merged these interests working as a social researcher, author, mentor and theatre practitioner. Her work has a foundation in social research and Indigenous developments and histories and involves creating, producing and telling stories via theatre, creative writing and oral and digital history research methodologies.
Julia is currently completing her PhD in History at the University of Sydney and is also a member of the ARC Linkage Project Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance, directing and authoring an enhanced e-book entitled At the Heart of it... Place stories across Darug and Gundungurra Lands: A downloadable history.
Julia teaches in Mythbusting Reality: Indigenous v Western.