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Professor Peter Buckskin is a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. He is currently the Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects at the University of South Australia. Prior to taking up this position, he was Dean: Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research. In 2012, Professor Buckskin was appointed the Convenor of the State's Advisory Committee on the recognition of Aboriginal people in the South Australian Constitution Act 1934. As an educator and professional bureaucrat for more than 30 years, Professor Buckskin’s passion has been the pursuit of educational excellence for Aboriginal students. He has worked as a schoolteacher, a Ministerial Adviser, Superintendent of Schools and as a senior executive at both state and federal levels. He has been Chair of the South Australian Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee and a member of the National Aboriginal Education Committee. Professor Buckskin also served a term as a Commissioner on the Australian Commission to UNESCO and is a White Ribbon Ambassador and Council Member of the ARC’s Advisory Council.
For more than a decade Professor Buckskin worked as an officer in the Commonwealth's Senior Executive Service, and in 2001 received the Commonwealth Public Service Medal (PSM). In 2003, Professor Buckskin was awarded the Frank G. Klassen Award for Leadership and Contribution to Teacher Education from the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). In 2005, he received the Deadly Award for his outstanding contribution to Aboriginal Education and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. Professor Buckskin is currently Chair of the SA Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council as well as Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium, and an Executive Member of the World Indigenous Network of Higher Education Consortium.