Professor caps off career with highest award

06 September 2012
Long time USQ staff member Professor Gerry Fogarty will be honoured at the Spring Graduation ceremony
Professor Gerry Fogarty capped off an illustrious career at the University of Southern Queensland by receiving one of the highest possible achievements from a university — the award of Emeritus Professor.

Professor Fogarty began working at USQ (then the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education) in 1988 as Principal Lecturer and Head of the Psychology Program. 

He was appointed as Head of the Department of Psychology in 1996 and then as the Deputy Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Sciences for two years before accepting the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Acting Director of the Office of Research and Higher Degrees in 2006. 

On Saturday (September 8), when he received his Emeritus Professorship at the USQ Spring Graduation ceremony alongside almost 500 graduates at the Empire Theatre, Professor Fogarty felt an overwhelming sense of pride, but not only for himself.

'I also feel very proud of USQ,' he said.

'Proud because USQ has come a long way in the time I’ve been there and I find it enormously fascinating how USQ has grown over the years and that’s a credit to students, staff and the community generally.

'You don’t look for recognition like this at the start of a career so to get to this point at the end of one is just an absolute thrill – there’s no other way to put it.

'I owe much to my colleagues and to the support offered by my wife Julie and our children, Lucinda, Sam and Andrew.'

Professor Fogarty finished full-time employment with the university in 2010 but has continued on with one of his greatest passions — research.

His research on human factors, particularly in the area of stress and fatigue, led to his involvement with the Australian Defence Force in 1997. 

Professor Fogarty was appointed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to investigate human factors responsible for accidents such as the 1996 Townsville Blackhawk tragedy. He was later called as an expert witness at the Sea King Board of Enquiry. 

He now holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserves. 

'I’ll be very happy to keep living in Toowoomba and researching through USQ for many years to come,' Professor Fogarty said.

'But I can still travel, play tennis and golf, so there will also be plenty of that.'

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