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John Curtin Distinguished Professor and John Curtin Distinguished Visiting Professor

The title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor is the highest honour Curtin University awards its academic staff. It recognises the sustained contributions our researchers have made to the University and to the wider community. The title was introduced in 2005 and has since been awarded to 36 exceptional staff members, including six new and two reappointed Professors in 2016.


2016 John Curtin Distinguished Professors (L to R) San Ping Jiang, Pete Kinny, Colin Beckett (Chancellor),
Deborah Terry (Vice-Chancellor), Nikos Ntoumanis, Suvendrini Perera, Andrew Putnis. Absent-Adrian Baddeley.

John Curtin Distinguished Professors demonstrate exceptional teaching and/or research skills, or scholarly, creative and artistic achievements. They have a significant record of public service and are nationally and often also internationally renowned. The title is held for five years, or until retirement or resignation from Curtin, and it may be awarded for consecutive periods.

John Curtin Distinguished Professors play a vital role in enhancing the University’s reputation as well as maintaining valuable relationships with external stakeholders and industry contacts. Their continued impact across a range of disciplines demonstrates Curtin’s commitment to transform lives and communities through education and research.

2018 Nominations for the titles of John Curtin Distinguished Professor and John Curtin Distinguished Visiting Professor open 31 August and close at 5:00 pm, Thursday, 4 October 2018

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John Curtin Distinguished Professor

Nominees for the award of the title John Curtin Distinguished Professor are;

  1. a member of staff of the University who holds the title of Professor; and
  2. has the demonstrated capacity to provide a significant and sustained contribution to the University, as evidenced by:
    1. distinguished national or international academic reputation; and
    2. exceptional teaching and/or research skills; or exceptional scholarly, creative and artistic achievements; and
    3. distinguished record of service to professional and/or public life.
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John Curtin Distinguished Visiting Professor

Nominees are a Visiting Professor of the University; and have the demonstrated capacity to provide a significant and sustained contribution to the University, as evidenced by:

  1. distinguished national or international academic reputation; and
  2. exceptional teaching and/or research skills; or exceptional scholarly, creative and artistic achievements; and
  3. distinguished record of service to professional and/or public life.

2013 John Curtin Distinguished Professors picture 2014 John Curtin Distinguished Professors.
L to R: Martin Hagger, Tony Lucey, Kliti Grice,
Deborah Terry (Vice-Chancellor), Colin Beckett (Chancellor), Yong Hong Wu