Adam Shoemaker was recently named the fifth Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University — a position which he took up on 24 September 2016.
From February 2014-June 2016 he was Academic Provost at Griffith University and, before that, was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University. A former Dean of Arts at ANU from 2000 to 2007, Adam served as Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival in the mid-1990s and edited a landmark anthology of Australian writing and photography— A Sea Change —which was published in association with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He chaired the Advisory Board of Monash University Publishing and—for many years—was on the Advisory Board of Campus Review.
A former Commonwealth Scholar, Professor Shoemaker is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the area of Indigenous Literature and Culture. The author or editor of eight books in that field, he is also widely published in the areas of international and digital education, race relations, and Cultural Studies.
Adam is very active in community engagement. He founded the Monash Oxfam Partnership and co-founded the Monash-World Vision Alliance; both of which encompassed action research, in-country projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific; student-focused internships and transformational curriculum materials.
For six years Professor Shoemaker was a nominee Director of Open Universities Australia (OUA). He is a former chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and currently serves as a member of the equivalent statutory authority in Queensland, the QCAA. That body is overseeing the state’s transition to an ATAR system, its involvement in NAPLAN and the development of the National Curriculum. Adam is also a member of the Board of Trustees, Brisbane Girls Grammar School.