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Research Professor, Curtin University

Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University in Australia. Her research focus is enacting and enabling employability within higher education learning and teaching and she won an OLT citation for this work in 2015. Research interests include identity development, academic work, and graduate work retaining a special interest on careers in the creative industries. A violist and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dawn serves numerous editorial boards and she convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ network. She is on the board of directors for the International Society for Music Education and peak body Music Australia, serves as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician, and co-chairs the Curtin Academy.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Curtin University