Derby woman to head Notre Dame Aboriginal Studies

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 14-11-2005

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus has announced that Derby born Lynette Rodriguez will take over as Coordinator of Aboriginal Studies in 2006.

Executive Director of the Broome Campus, Professor Jennifer Nicol said with Lynette’s strong academic background and extensive experience in Aboriginal issues she was a most welcome addition to the Notre Dame staff.

“Lynette is a family member of the Kunmunya Aboriginal Community and it was in the Kimberley town of Derby that she began her teaching career 27 years ago.”

“Lynette’s experience in education has seen her go from an Aboriginal Teaching Assistant at Holy Rosary School in Derby in 1978 to Acting Principal of Clontarf Aboriginal College, Perth,” said Professor Nicol.

“Her tertiary teaching experience is as tutor, sessional lecturer and lecturer, having worked in various capacities previously at Edith Cowan, Murdoch and Curtin universities. Lynette is currently the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Education Conversion Course for AIEO’s at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University,” added Professor Nicol.

Lynette will replace John Bucknell who will retire from the University after five years. John joined the Broome Campus in 2000 as a Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies and was appointed to the Coordinator’s position in 2003.

A brief run down of Lynette’s qualifications to date include the following, in 1982 Lynette gained an Advanced Education Entry Certificate from the West Australian College of Advanced Education (WACAE); following this in 1986 a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from WACAE; in 1995 a Bachelor of Education from Murdoch University, and in 1996 a Master of Education from Murdoch University.

Lynette is currently undertaking PhD studies through the University of Western Australia.

For further information please contact Executive Director Broome Campus, Professor Jennifer Nicol, 08 9433 5846