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AO awarded to Curtin Vice-Chancellor

Media release

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and made an Officer in the General Division (AO).

Professor Terry had a distinguished academic career at the University of Queensland from 1990 to 2013, where she was an internationally recognised scholar and held a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and acting Vice-Chancellor.

In February 2014, she took up the position of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest university.

Curtin Chancellor Mr Colin Beckett said Professor Terry’s award was richly deserved.

“It is wonderful to see Professor Terry receive national recognition for her outstanding contribution to higher education, which recognises her highly regarded research and leadership in academia,” Mr Beckett said.

Professor Terry said she was humbled to receive the significant award.

“It is a huge honour to be recognised in this way for doing what I enjoy and what I regard as an absolute privilege – working in leadership roles in such a vibrant and important sector,” Professor Terry said.

Professor Terry’s commitment to higher education also extends to a number of high level advisory roles and board positions.  She is currently President of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and former Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies, the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences, and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre.

She is also a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Terry is a graduate of Australian National University and has a PhD in Social Psychology. Her primary research interests are in the areas of attitudes, social influence, persuasion, group processes, and intergroup relations and she also has applied research interests in organisational and health psychology.