Emeritus Prof Faith Trent

Position/s:Professor of Education
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
Phone: +61 8 82013624
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Location: Education Building (4.12)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

Emeritus Professor Faith Trent AM FACE, was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law & Theology until December 2010. She holds a Chair in Education in the field on Curriculum. Faith is immediate past President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), a position she held from 2006 tol 2009 and is currently an executive member of the Council of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Faith was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to education as an academic, as a contributor in the area of educational reform, and to the community, particularly in the areas of Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs. In 2007 Faith was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Educations for distinctive contributions to educational leadership at a national, state and institutional level. On 30th September, 2009 Faith was approved as an AUQA auditor.

Qualifications

BSc (University of Sydney), 1964 (Majors in Geography, English - minor in Chemistry)
Diploma of Teaching, 1962 (Sydney Teachers College)
MA in Sociology/Social Geography, 1971 (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
MA (Hons)1985 (Macquarie University)

Honours, awards and grants

2003 Order of Australia, AM for "services to education as an academic, as a contributor in the area of educational reform, and to the community, particularly in areas of Indigenous and multicultural affairs".

2007 Fellowship of the Australian College of Educators

2010 Mary MacKillop Medal for Service to SA Education by the SA Australialian College of Educators. Awarded biannually.

2011 The first honorary recipient of the outstanding Service to DASSH Award recognising oustanding contribution to DASSH and also the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities as a whole.  

Key responsibilities


Previous responsibilities

  • External Relations
  • Staff Supervision
  • Policy Development
  • Oversight of courses
  • Budgeting and Faculty Financial Matters
  • International Matters
  • Chair, University Student Appeal Committee
  • Chair, Enterprise Bargaining
  • Chair, Flinders Housing Board

Currently education consultant

Research and supervision

Research interests

  • Quality Assurance in Universities
  • Higher Education
  • Cross cultural education
  • Knowledge of Social Justice and equity matters - work with women, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students, NESB students, students with disabilities
  • Education of Boys
  • Distance Education and Open Learning
  • WW2 Academic Refugees
  • Curriculum

Publications

Book chapters
  • Trent, F.H. (2007). Gender differences in schooling and political engagement. In Saha, Lawrence J, Print, Murray, Edwards, Kathy, ed. Youth and Political Participation. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 153-176.

Professional and community engagement

Member, Board of Governors, Adelaide Central School of Art
Secretary and Board Member, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Immediate Past President Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Expertise for media contact

  • University Teaching/Learning and Assessment
  • Education of Boys
  • Curriculum in General and in Higher Education
  • Academic Staff Development
  • Access and Equity
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Higher Education

Subject/s

  • Education - Curriculum
  • Education - Policy
  • Ethnic Affairs/Mutliculturalism
  • Universities


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