Lesley Parker

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Lesley Parker
Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker AM is known nationally and internationally for her work in progressing gender equality in education, especially in science and technology. Commencing her career as a secondary teacher of science and mathematics, Prof Parker became acting director of the Secondary Education Authority. She joined Curtin University in 1991 as assistant director of the National Key Centre for Teaching and Research in School Science and Mathematics (Especially for Women). In 1995, she was awarded a personal chair at Curtin, becoming Professor of Higher Education, before her appointment as senior deputy vice chancellor in 1997. She became an advisory board member of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education in 2019. Prof Parker was also foundation chair of the Western Australian Curriculum Council and had an international reputation as the leader of Girls and Science and Technology. In 2008, Prof Parker was awarded the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s career achievement award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to higher education over a sustained period. She has had a major influence on the sector; dedicating 30 years to leadership, research, teaching and policy development in higher education. In 1998, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2006.

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