Issue 19
Monday, 24 October 2016
Charles Darwin University
Professor Peter Kell has been honoured by his peers
Professor Peter Kell has been honoured by his peers

Peers recognise life-long educator

By Leanne Miles

An academic who has worked in the Education sector for more than four decades has been recognised for his major contributions to teacher education and work in advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

The Australian Council of Deans of Education has recognised Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Peter Kell for Outstanding Service to Education.

Professor Kell began his career in the remote Indigenous community of Oenpelli (now Gunbalanya) in 1975 as a primary school teacher and has since advocated for remote teachers to highlight the unique issues they faced and the need for appropriate resources and support.

His work has been integral to improving teacher education and training in the Northern Territory as a member of the NT Teacher Registration Board and the NT Board of Studies. He was the NT Board member of the Australian Council of Deans from 2011 to 2015.

At CDU Professor Kell has helped build the capacity and profile of the Centre for School Leadership, a collaboration between CDU and the Department of Education to provide professional development for current and aspiring education leaders.

His current research interests include global student mobility, the internationalisation of education and training in the Asia Pacific, and literacy and language in East Asia.

Professor Kell was awarded a Northern Territory Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship in 2014 and undertook the award at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2015.