Dr Jessa Rogers

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First Nations Senior Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy (Australian National University), Master of Education (Guidance & Counselling) (University of Southern Qld), BCI (Drama) (With Distinction) (Queensland University of Technology), BEd (Secondary) (First Class Honours) (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Jessa Rogers is a Wiradjuri researcher and Indigenous educator with over a decade of teaching experience in schools and tertiary education. Jessa’s research focuses on Indigenous research methods and methodologies, and Indigenous peoples’ experiences of education. She was the founding principal of Australia’s first boarding school for Indigenous young mothers and babies in Far North Queensland. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University), a Churchill Fellow, and was awarded a National NAIDOC Award for her contributions to Indigenous girls’ education. Jessa’s research draws attention to the voices of Indigenous students, with a specific focus on Indigenous boarding school experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and mainland USA.

Jessa is the Managing Director of Baayi Consulting, and sits on the Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal Editorial Advisory Board and the AIATSIS Publishing Advisory Committee. She serves on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the AITSL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and the AHPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group. Jessa is a member of the ACCAN Indigenous Advisory Group, and serves on the Centre for Policy Development Board, among other boards and committees.

Jessa has extensive experience in pre-service teacher education. She has contributed nationally to Indigenous education programs including the 3Rs Framework, MATSITI and Narragunnawali (Reconciliation Australia). She is the co-author and co-editor of best-selling education texts including “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction to the Teaching Profession” (3rd Ed) (Cambridge University Press), and “Teaching: Making a Difference” (4th Ed) (Wiley). Jessa’s work in schools as a teacher spans primary through high school, and her many years of community engagement in Indigenous communities across Australia has led to her voice being nationally respected in Indigenous education. Jessa writes for IndigenousX, NITV, SBS, The Guardian, and The Conversation, and frequently contributes to media stories on Indigenous education.

Jessa is the proud mother of three sons. Her whanau (family) connections through marriage are to Ngati Kauwhata, and Ngati Raukawa in Aotearoa. Jessa speaks te reo Maori, and is passionate about supporting Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori education), and Kaupapa Maori research methodologies and approaches. Jessa currently serves on the board of Hato Paora College, a Maori boarding school in New Zealand.

Jessa's publications can be found here.

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Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
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Fulbright Scholarship (Harvard University)
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Membership of a Statutory Committee
Reference year
2018
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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, National Board Member
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2021
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Member, Federal Expert Reference Group on English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC)
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Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2021
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Editorial board member, Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Peter Lang)
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Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
2021
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Membership of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2021
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2021 Connected Learning Summit (CLS2021) Keynote Speaker
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Fellowships
Reference year
2018
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Churchill Fellow (2018)
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Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2020
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group, AHPRA
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2019
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Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (AGATSIE) Member
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2017
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Member, ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women (MACW)
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