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Dr Sadie Heckenberg

Academic Director (Indigenous Research); Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC). Sadie is the President-Elect at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC).

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 and has held a Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship.

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 has held a ministerial appointment on the Higher Education Standards Panel, was an inaugural member of TEQSA's Student Expert Advisory Group and was the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association.


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

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

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

Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History - 450107
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural History - 450103
  • Indigenous Data And Data Technologies - 451906
  • Indigenous Methodologies - 451907
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Research Methods - 450115
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Information And Knowledge Management Systems - 450606
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Anthropology - 450502
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Community And Regional Development - 450505
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Community Governance And Decision Making - 450506
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Community-based Research - 450507
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Human Geography And Demography - 450513
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Perspectives - 450519
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Politics - 450521
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Social Work And Social Justice - 450523
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Sociological Studies - 450524
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Sociology - 450525
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Urban And Regional Planning - 450527

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

Professional memberships

  • 2018 - 2021: Board Member, Higher Education Standards Panel, Australia
  • 2018 - 2018: Committee Member, TEQSA Student Expert Advisory Group, Australia

Publications

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