Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Developing Employability and Creative Workforce Initiatives at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Dawn has a distinguished record of higher education leadership, teaching and research. With a discipline background in music education and performance, her research expertise is in higher education learning and teaching, creative and academic labour markets, and identity development. Dawn is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Her current funded research relates to the characteristics of work in music, the development of graduates who are able to meet the needs of future work and employability in a global context. Dawn convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) network and is Vice-President Australia for the International Federation of Learning and Teaching Fellows. She is an Adjunct Professor with Griffith and Monash Universities and a Visiting Professor with the University of the Arts, Helsinki. Dawn has authored over 190 publications including ten monographs and edited collections.
In 2014, Dawn was recognised with the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor. The title is the highest honour Curtin University awards its academic staff and has been awarded to 37 academics since 2005. In 2016, Dawn received an Australian Award for University Teaching for teaching excellence in Humanities and the Arts. This followed a National Citation in 2015 for her services to student learning. Previously, Dawn was awarded the LH Martin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Leadership (2014) and the Curtin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Inspirational Leadership (2013). Dawn serves on national and international editorial boards and reviews for journals in higher education, cultural policy, arts education and human geography. She is also an ARC peer reviewer. Dawn is a previous director with the UNESCO peak body Music Australia and current executive board member with the International Society for Music Education. She was inaugural Chair of Music Australia’s Industry and Careers National Advisory Board and the Curtin Academy. Dawn regularly presents keynote addresses, seminars and lectures in Australia and overseas.
John Curtin Distinguished Professor