10 November 2008: Leading historian, social and political commentator, writer and broadcaster, Professor Ross Fitzgerald has joined Australian Catholic University (ACU National) as a part-time Professorial Fellow within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Fitzgerald’s many best-selling books, both fiction and non-fiction, span subjects as diverse as ageing, the history of Queensland, Catholicism, communism and Labor in Australia, Australian Rules football, alcohol and addictions. He is also involved in a number of film projects.
Professor Fitzgerald is a high-profile researcher who serves and has served on a range of government bodies concerned with heritage, drugs and alcohol, parole, and values education.
“We are delighted to welcome Professor Fitzgerald to our University,” Australian Catholic University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said. “The research expertise of Professor Fitzgerald is highly valued and we look forward to his many collaborative contributions to our research capability and record, particularly in the fields of ethics, corrective services, disabilities, social work and public policy.”
Professor Fitzgerald has praised ACU National’s commitment to improving the health and well being of all Australians, including researching and supporting values education. “As human beings, we have the capacity to choose,” Professor Fitzgerald said. “I think values education is tremendously important, to allow students and staff to think outside the square and to move beyond purely pragmatic and bureaucratic goals. Often, what matters most in life is how a person treats other persons, no matter their ethnic or religious or professional or class background.”
Born in Melbourne on Christmas Day 1944, Professor Ross Fitzgerald completed an honours degree in history at Monash University, a Master’s in political science in the United States, and a PhD in political theory at UNSW. An Emeritus Professor of Griffith University, he will be based at ACU National’s North Sydney Campus (MacKillop).
Australian Catholic University (ACU National) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.