Please note, since recording our yarn, Professor McDermott has passed away. His voice and image remain on the Blacademia website, social media, and streaming services with the permission of his nearest kin.
My guest for Season 1, Episode 5 is the brilliant PROFESSOR DENNIS ROY MCDERMOTT.
In this episode we yarn up about:
Interweaving creativity with hard evidence
Psychology and poetry
The potency of new media
Working out who are your allies and who are gate keepers
Being the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor at La Trobe University
Professor Dennis McDermott
Professor McDermott is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at La Trobe University. Prior to joining La Trobe, he held the position of Director of Flinders University’s two Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Well-Being (Adelaide and Northern Territory). Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gomeroi country (north-west NSW).
Dennis’ teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery.
In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the (then) Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).
The good Prof is also on Twitter – here.