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Professor Tracey Bunda is the new Head of College for Australian Indigenous Studies at USQ

Professor Tracey Bunda is looking forward to putting her years of experience and wisdom to good use in her new role as Head of the College for Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Professor Bunda said she was happy to be part of the college which aims to encourage and assist in the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and promote research that benefits these communities.

“I already feel like I’ve made the right choice in coming here,” Professor Bunda said.

“I can already identify the great potential of our staff and students and this position is a very exciting opportunity.”

Professor Bunda, a Ngugi/Wakka Wakka woman, has worked in senior positions at centres in the Australian Catholic University, Newcastle University, Gippsland Institute, University of Canberra, Flinders University, Deakin University and, most recently, Victoria University (as Senior Research Fellow).

In 2012, Professor Bunda received an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation and then in 2013 was awarded the Indigenous Researchers Award by the Australian Association of Research in Education for her leadership of the ‘Tellin’ the Stories of Teachers; Tellin’ the Stories of Teaching’ project.

“I’ve had a lot of experience with Indigenous education and research and believe I can put these skills to good use during my time at USQ,” she said.

Professor Bunda said a key focus of the college would be community engagement.

“All we do for Indigenous students and researchers is supported by our engagement with the community,” she said.

“As well as engaging in research in Indigenous issues, we also would like to collaborate and hold discussions with local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander leaders, academics and communities and think of new ways we can work together.”

The college maintains an active role in community-based initiatives and provide support and advice to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities of the region.

For more information about the college, visit www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/faculties-sections/ciser.