Professor of Higher Education, Curtin University

Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative and Chair of the Curtin Academy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her research focus is the development of employability within higher education, including identity development and the nature of graduate work. Dawn retains a special interest in careers in the creative industries and continues to engage in practice-based research in music. She is also a passionate advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competencies within higher education. An Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom, Dawn serves numerous editorial boards and convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ national network. She serves on the board of directors for ISME and Music Australia, and as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician. Publications are listed at


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    Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative, Curtin University