Professor pair deemed top of the class
TWO Curtin University professors have been awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor, an elite honour that only 31 staff members hold.
Professor Dawn Bennett and Professor Leon Straker were the recipients of one of the highest honours the University can award its academic staff.
Curtin University ViceChancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the two recipients had made a sustained contribution to the University and to the wider community.
“Professors Bennett and Straker are very worthy recipients of this significant honour as they are making real and notable impacts in their specialised areas,” she said.
“As university we are continually striving to be leaders in research and teaching and the actions of these new John Curtin Distinguished Professors are helping Curtin achieve this vision.”
Prof Bennett is the director of the Creative Workforce Ini-
a tiative at Curtin. She has a background in music and has research interests in creative labour markets, the role of identity development in student learning, music education.
Prof Straker has a reputation for research in the area of technology, activity and health and is a nationally recognised as a leader in physiotherapy.
Professor Leon Straker.
Professor Dawn Bennett.