Professor Norm Sheehan is a Wiradjuri man born in Mudgee NSW. He completed a PhD in Education at the School of Education at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2004, winning the N. V. Varghese Prize for Comparative Education. He has recently published two books, Stolen Generations Education and Respectful Design. Both these works address Aboriginal community cultural development and social and emotional well being education.
His expertise is based on identifying and activating existing strengths within Indigenous communities as a basis for relevant education and development initiatives. This work has attracted continued support from government and philanthropic funding agencies. In 2013 Dr Sheehan commenced as Director of Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples Southern Cross University.