Anne Pattel-Gray appointed Professor of Indigenous Studies

Anne Pattel-Gray appointed Professor of Indigenous Studies

The University of Divinity has announced that Professor Anne Pattel-Gray  has been appointed Professor of Indigenous Studies and inaugural Head of the School of Indigenous Studies.

Professor Pattel-Gray said that she was “overwhelmed with joy at this appointment as this has been a lifelong dream.”

“I feel truly blessed. I look forward to the opportunity to influence social, political, and religious policy and to encourage ‘Truth Telling’ at this critical moment,” she said.

“My hope is to educate the next generation of leaders and clergy to be change agents who can transform the hearts and minds of every Australian towards a more inclusive country that recognises, respects, and treasures the oldest living culture in the world and the wisdom that we bring to this nation.”

Professor Peter Sherlock is the University’s Vice Chancellor.

“Professor Anne Pattel-Gray has an outstanding record as a theologian, agent of change and Aboriginal leader,” he said.

“The University and its Colleges are absolutely delighted to welcome her to this unique role and look forward to the further contribution she will make to achieving justice for First Nations people in the University, the churches and the nation.”

Professor Pattel-Gray most recently worked with World Vision Australia, as Head of the Australia First Nations Program.

Throughout her career, she has exercised numerous leadership and consultancy roles in First Nations organisations and not-for-profit agencies.

Professor Pattel-Gray will commence the role on Monday 15 August 2022, based in Brisbane.

Professor Pattel-Gray is also one of the keynote speakers for the upcoming  First Peoples’ Theological Conference — Walking Together: How can the Church embrace First Peoples’ Theology in a post-colonial Australia on Saturday, 22 October.  

Registrations are open now for the Conference by visiting

The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to hear the perspectives of First Peoples on issues relating to the Uniting Church, Theology, and Reconciliation.


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