ACU professor awarded prestigious fellowship

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015

At the recent Australian College of Educators Annual Conference in Brisbane ACU Professor John Ozolins was awarded a Fellowship of the College, one of its the highest awards for his contribution to education over the past 40 years.

John is Professor of Philosophy at ACU, and his citation read: "John's career contribution to education spans a remarkable 40 years of service. Over this time he has willingly shared his expertise and has been a cherished colleague to many educators across all levels of the education system.

John is Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University (ACU), Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Latvia, and Inaugural Crawford Miller Visiting Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford (2007).

With 40 years of service, John’s career commenced as a Secondary Teacher, then on to Deputy Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, followed by a move to tertiary education where he became foundation Head of School of Philosophy at ACU. Over this time John has provided valued governance at board level of St Joseph’s Primary School, St Dominic’s Primary School, Mercy Secondary Education, Mount Lilydale Mercy College and St Joseph’s Technical College.

John has held educational leadership roles at ACU ranging from Acting Foundation Dean and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning and International), Foundation Head of the Graduate School for Research in Philosophy and Theology, Member of the Academic Board (including a period as elected Deputy Chair), Member of the University Senate and Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (Chair for 12 years).

John’s international status is highlighted by roles such as Visiting Professor at Wuhan University (China), University of St Thomas (US) and Visiting Researcher at the University of Exeter (UK). John is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), a Fellow and Past President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), Secretary-General of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies, and Vice-President (Asia-Oceania) of the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP).

For many years, John has been Editor of Ethics Education: A Journal for Applied Philosophy and Ethics in the Christian Tradition and Reviews/Associate Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

All of these achievements are amplified by John’s caring character. He is a highly respected and cherished colleague to many educators around the world."