Professor Joanne Scott

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Professor Joanne Scott


Teaching areas

  • Australian History
  • Oral History

Research areas

  • Australian social history
  • oral history


One of the longest-serving members of the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor Joanne Scott entered the University in 1997 as an associate lecturer. She was the inaugural Head of the School of Social Sciences (2006–2010), and chaired USC's Learning and Teaching Committee (2007–2012). She commenced her current role as Executive Dean of the (then) Faculty of Arts and Business in January 2012. From February 2016 the USC School of Law joined the faculty which then became the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law. In January 2017 Joanne also became USC's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). She chairs the Vice-Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Committee.

Professor Scott has published in the fields of Australian and Queensland history, labour history, gender and race relations, oral history, popular culture and higher education. She is co-author of 'From Postbox to Powerhouse', 'Showtime: A History of the Brisbane Exhibition', 'The Engine Room of Government', and 'A Class of Its Own'.

'From Postbox to Powerhouse' was awarded the Australian Society of Archivists' 2011 Mander Jones Award. In 2009, 'Showtime' and the associated Museum of Brisbane exhibition, 'Ten Days in August', were awarded gold in the National Trust of Queensland’s Governor’s Heritage Award category. Also, in 2009, Professor Scott was a Fellow at the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra where she undertook research on the history of agricultural shows.

Professor Scott is a former Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo. She was a member of the Australian Historical Association's Executive (2006–2010) and served on the Queensland working party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography (2000–2010).

Professional memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Secretary, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Australian Society of Archivists' Mander Jones Award, 2011
  • National Film and Sound Archives Fellowship, 2010
  • Gold award for Governor’s Heritage Award category, 2009, National Trust of Queensland
  • Member of the Learning and Teaching Management Committee which received the Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Service, 2009

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Australian and Queensland social history, especially histories of work, leisure and organisations
  • Histories of festivals
  • Oral history projects
  • Histories of education in Australia

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year
Bold Experiment:  An historical evaluation of the Australian Assistance Plan Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders University),  Erik Eklund (University College, Dublin) and Joanne Scott ARC Discovery grant 2015


A History of the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Joanne Scott ARC Linkage grant 2009


A History of the Brisbane Exhibition Joanne Scott Australian Academy of the Humanities grant 2007
A History of the Brisbane Exhibition Joanne Scott and Ross Laurie (UQ) University of the Sunshine Coast Internal Research grant 2005



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