Media Release

20/03/2014
JCU Honours aplenty
Stories from opposite ends of the career spectrum highlight the joy and celebrations that will accompany JCU Graduation ceremonies.

JCU Honours aplenty

Stories from opposite ends of the career spectrum highlight the joy and celebrations that will accompany JCU Graduation ceremonies.

Emeritus Professor Allan Luke has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate to recognise his “…distinguished career involving exceptional achievement and academic eminence…”. Emeritus Professor Luke’s ground breaking research is internationally acclaimed.

In describing Emeritus Professor Luke’s contributions, Professor Nola Alloway, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences at JCU said: “Allan’s work has significantly influenced world thinking on Education, particularly in Indigenous education, literacy and curriculum design.”

Emeritus Professor Luke commenced his Australian academic career at James Cook University on 13th August 1984, taking up an appointment as a lecturer in the School of Education.

He quickly progressed up the academic ladder, and went on to become one of Queensland’s most influential educational advisers working for successive governments.

Emeritus Professor Luke’s research career is outstanding, having authored or edited 14 books and more than 140 articles and book chapters, along with countless research reports and handbooks/encyclopedias both in Australia and internationally.

Emeritus Professor Allan Luke embodies a commitment to teaching and education that JCU seeks to instil in all its graduates.

Amongst other outstanding candidates and just beginning on their careers, Sandra Astill and Tahnee Innes will both graduate in Cairns on 26 March and have both received the University Medal for their achievements in gaining a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

Keeping with the Far North Queensland theme, Innisfail local, Rebecca Driscoll-Lo Monaco, graduated on 19 March in Townsville and was awarded a JCU Academic Medal in recognition of her achievement in completing a Bachelor of Education with Honours with a GPA of 7, the first student to ever do so in Education.

Her outstanding academic achievement is made even more noteworthy by Rebecca’s commitment to supporting and developing other students studying Education.

This prompted Dr Lai Kuan Lim of JCU Education to write: “Over and above her academic excellence, Rebecca also contributed generously and actively to the School of Education community.”

Further information on the achievements of JCU Education and its graduate can be obtained by calling Scott Ashton on 4781 4874.

Issued Thursday 20th of March 2014