UQ welcomes Professor Tracey Bunda

20 May 2019

The University of Queensland is excited to welcome Professor Tracey Bunda to the position of Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in the ATSIS Unit.

A Ngugi/Wakka Wakka woman, Professor Bunda has been in the higher sector since 1986 and has held a number of senior positions, including the Convener of the Weemala Centre at Australian Catholic University, Director of the Woollotuka Centre at Newcastle University, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education at the Ngunnawal Centre, University of Canberra, Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research at Flinders University and Head of the College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research at the University of Southern Queensland.

Professor Bunda also has an outstanding track record of teaching and research, specialising in the areas of Indigenous education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.  A part of Professor Bunda’s role will be as Director of the ATSIS Unit’s academic team and convener of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts.

Professor Bunda is excited about her new appointment and is looking forward to the opportunities at UQ.

“I am thrilled to accept the role of Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies at UQ,” Professor Bunda said.

“UQ is at the cusp of exciting new directions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy with the launch of its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan. It will be fantastic to be part of this historic moment, and I look forward to playing a leadership role in terms of some of the RAP’s teaching and research commitments. I also look forward to working under the leadership of Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, UQ’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), a respected leader in the sector and community.

Professor Fredericks said Professor Bunda’s appointment has been highly anticipated.

“This appointment will position UQ to be a leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. Professor Bunda’s wealth of expertise across 30 years of leadership in the sector will be invaluable to the University going forward. I’m thrilled to have Tracey in position to be a major contributor to UQ’s new strategic directions under the RAP.

All of us at The University of Queensland extend a very warm welcome to Professor Bunda and we look forward to working with her in her new role”.

Professor Bunda will commence her role with the University of Queensland from 3rd June 2019.

Professor Tracey Bunda