Associate Professor Sandra Phillips teaches Indigenous Australian Studies and Publishing Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. Sandra is also Associate Dean (Indigenous Education) in her School. Entering full-time academia after a career in editing and publishing with Magabala Books, UQP, and Aboriginal Studies Press, Sandra investigated the authoring, editing, and reading of Indigenous literature for her PhD. Sandra is Chief Investigator on Community Publishing in Regional Australia and on Reading climate: Indigenous literatures, school English, and Sustainability, both research projects are co-funded by the ARC Linkage Program. Sandra has held leadership roles across arts and culture including deputy chair of the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, past member of the Library Board of Queensland, past twice-elected chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), and past trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust. Sandra is Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng and has three adult sons and two granddaughters.
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