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Dr Sadie Heckenberg

Academic Director (Indigenous Research); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Research Fellow
Doctor of Philosphy , Swinburne Univeristy of Technology, Australia; Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Arts (First Class), Monash Univeristy, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Australia

Biography

Dr. Sadie Heckenberg is the Academic Director (Indigenous Research) and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC) at Swinburne University of Technology. She is the Chair of the Swinburne Indigenous Research Committee and the Cultural Safety Program Lead within the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice. Sadie is the President-Elect of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and sits on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. 

A Wiradjuri scholar, Sadie was awarded her PhD in 2018, entitled Nothing About Us Without Us: Protecting Indigenous knowledges through oral histories and culturally safe research practices. Her research focuses on Indigenous methodologies, Cultural Safety, protecting Indigenous spoken knowledge and ethical research frameworks. Sadie was a Fulbright Scholar based in the Kamakakūokalani Centre for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, has been a Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellow, a National Library of Australia Norman McCann Summer Scholar, has held a Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship and as well as Columbia University's International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Policy.

Sadie is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and has worked at Monash University, Federation University, University of South Australia and, most recently, as Coordinator of the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program at the University of Southern Queensland. Sadie sits on the Universities Australia DVC Corporate Committee, has held a ministerial appointment on the Higher Education Standards Panel (2018-2021), was an inaugural member of TEQSA's Student Expert Advisory Group (2018), sat on the Universities Australia DVC/PVC Indigenous Committee (2021-22) and was the 2016-2018 President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association.

Sadie is the Lead CI for ARC Linkage Project: Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Girls, Changing Communities.

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Gunstone, Andrew & Heckenberg, Sadie 2009, ‘The government Owes a lot of Money To Our People: A History of Indigenous Stolen Wages in Victoria ’, Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Oral History; Indigenous Oral History; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges; Cultural Safety; Indigenous Research Ethics; Indigenous Research methods

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Research Methods - 450115
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Ethics - 450106
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Ways Of Knowing, Being And Doing - 450117

Teaching areas

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies;First Nations Literature;Enabling/ Pathways Education;Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational pathways

Awards

  • 2017, National, Norman McCann Summer Scholarship, National Library of Australia
  • 2017, International, Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellowship, Columbia University
  • 2016, International, Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship, Victoria Business Confucius Institute and the University of International Business and Economics
  • 2015, International, Chicago Fulbright Enrichment Seminar Scholarship, Institute of International Education
  • 2014, International, Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship, Australian-American Fulbright Commission
  • 2009, National, E D Daniel Scholarship for Honours, Australian Federation of University Women Victoria
  • 2008, International, Golden Key International Honour Society, Golden Key
  • 2007, Other, Pro Vice-Chancellors Community Service Award, Monash University
  • 2007, Other, Lorna Lippman Memorial Scholarship, Monash University

Professional memberships

  • 2018 - 2021: Board Member, Higher Education Standards Panel, Australia
  • 2018 - 2018: Committee Member, TEQSA Student Expert Advisory Group, Australia
  • 2022 (current): Board Member, Black Duck Group, Australia
  • 2021 - 2021: Vice President, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), Australia
  • 2022 (current): ARC College of Experts, Australian Research Council, Australia
  • 2022 (current): Member, Oral History Victoria, Australia
  • 2022 (current): Member, Society for History of Emotions, International
  • 2012 (current): Member, World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium, International
  • 2020 (current): Member, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium , Australia
  • 2020 (current): Member, International Academic Forum, International
  • 2018 (current): Member, International Oral History Association, International
  • 2018 (current): Senior Member, Indigenous Oral History Network, International
  • 2014 - 2016: Member, Ka Lei Pāpahi ‘O Kākuhihewa, United States
  • 2008 - 2014: Member, Gippsland FM Program Advisory Committee, Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Member, National Student Voice in University Decision Making Advisory Group, Australia

Publications

Also published as: Heckenberg, Sadie; Heckenberg, S.
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