Ms Lynette Riley

Senior Lecturer

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 6995

Biographical details

Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Sydney, Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Lynette has more than 30 years working experience as a teacher and in Aboriginal education and administration within primary schools, high schools, TAFE, state office and universities.

Lynette was one of the founding members of the NSW DET Aboriginal Education Unit which created the first Aboriginal Education Policy in 1982, much of which was based on research she undertook undertaken in 1980, while completing studies at the Armidale college of Advanced Education. She was extensively involved in establishing the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), and coordinated the first ever AECG conference in the early 1980s.

She was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal presence in universities, establishing one of the first support programs within Australia – the Oorala Centre at UNE (1986-1992) and programs with TAFE as an Aboriginal Development Manager for the Western Institute of TAFE (1994-1999), before going on to be one of the few female/Aboriginal Campus Managers for the Dubbo TAFE Campus (2000-2003), and then being appointed State Manager for NSW DET Aboriginal Education (2003-2006).

As an Aboriginal person Lynette has been required not to just theorise about what was occurring to and for Aboriginal children, and their communities; or the interwoven interactions with non-Aboriginal people, communities and organisations; but rather to be actively involved in researching new solutions and effecting sustainable change for Aboriginal programs. This has meant a focus on interweaving understandings and knowledge of cultural education and cultural competence for all people in working with one another whether at the individual or organisational level.

Lynette has a long history working for Reconciliation at the local level, as Chair of the Dubbo Reconciliation Group; and State level as State Chair for NSW Reconciliation. Her belief is that Reconciliation is an imperative if we are to create understanding and move forward in this Nation.

Research interests

Lynette's interests are in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, education, racism and wellbeing.

Teaching and supervision

Lynette is a senior lecturer and helped create and presented the Kinship Module - an online course, built upon from a face to face workshop. Lynette co-ordinates year 3 units within the Indigenous Studies Major, Race, Racism & Indigenous Australia. She also lectures in a number of other courses across the University.

Current projects

Lynette recently completed and received her PhD through the ACU, which looked at "Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students".

Awards and honours

2015 - Vice-Chancellors' Award for Support of the Student Experience, the University of Sydney

2014 - Winner of Three Minute Thesis Competition, Australian Catholic University ACU)

2014 - Winner of Three Minute Thesis Competition, People Choice Award, ACU

2010 - TAFE NSW Gili Awards - 20th Anniversary Recognition of Leadership in Education and Training, NSW Department of Education & Training

Lynette also has a passion for creating Aboriginal art and is currently exhibiting a collection she collaborated on with her sister Diane Riley McNaboe, reflecting Wiradjuri culture.

The exhibition, Dhaga Ngiyahni Ngan.Girra (Where we all meet) has been on display at the Maclaey Museum

Selected grants

2015

  • An interdisciplinary model and resources for culturally competent service learning in Aboriginal community controlled organisations; Russell-Mundine G, Harvey A, Sherwood J, Riley L, Maakrun J; Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)/OLT Grants.

2011

  • Indigenous online cultural teaching and sharing; Mooney J, Riley L, Howard-Wagner D, Sim M, Wain T, Kutay C; Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government/Innovation & Development.

2008

  • Conditions of Success to Enhance Aboriginal Students Educational Outcomes; Riley L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Indigenous (IN).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). Embedding Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Curriculum at University Level through Aboriginal Community Engagement. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 251-276). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Riley, L., Genner, M. (2011). Bemel-Gardoo: Embedding Aboriginal cultural content in the science and technology syllabus. In Nola Purdie, Gina Milgate, Hannah Rachel Bell (Eds.), Two way Teaching and Learning: Toward culturally reflective and relevant education, (pp. 119-153). Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press.
  • Moore, S., Riley, L. (2010). Aboriginal mother yarns. In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 175-193). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Riley, L. (2007). Untapping resources for indigenous students. In Sally Knipe (Eds.), Middle Years Schooling: Reframing adolescence, (pp. 59-94). Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia: Pearson Education.

Journals

  • Riley, L. (2016). Reclaiming tradition and re-affirming cultural identity through creating Kangaroo Skin Cloaks and Possum Skin Cloaks. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 1(1), 5-22.
  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2015). Kinship Online: Engaging 'Cultural Praxis' in a Teaching and Learning Framework for Cultural Competence. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1), 70-84. [More Information]
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Teaching Through Story Mapping. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(3), 73-84.
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Experiencing Indigenous Knowledge Online as a Community Narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(1), 47-59. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). The Kinship On-Line Project and Aboriginal Community Engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013 (AARE 2013), Deakin ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kutay, C., Riley, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Decolonising Sociology Curriculum: using an online immersive learning environment to deliver cross-cultural training. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Kutay, C., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Aboriginal Culture Online: sustaining traditions of knowledge sharing. ascilite 2012: Future Challenges|Sustainable Futures, Tugun, Australia: Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Refereed Conference Collection.
  • Kutay, C., Howard-Wagner, D., Riley, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Culture as Social Constructivism. The 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2012, Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]
  • Mooney, J., Riley, L., Kutay, C. (2011). Indigenous On-Line Cultural Teaching & Sharing. Indigenous Knowledges in Latin America and Australia: Locating Epistemologies, Difference and Dissent, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Riley, L. (2010). The impact of the Education Revolution on Aboriginal education - Mapping of the literature & research against government policy directions. AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Visual Art

  • Riley, L. (2014). untitled. In: Bungaree: The First Australian. Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Riley, L. (2013). Wisdom in Our Country. In: NSW Parliament Indigenous Art Awards. NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Australia.
  • Riley, L. (2012). incised kangaroo-skin cloaks. In: Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra (Where We All Meet). Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, Australia.

Working Paper Internal

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2014). Kinship Module Teaching and Learning Framework.

2016

  • Riley, L. (2016). Reclaiming tradition and re-affirming cultural identity through creating Kangaroo Skin Cloaks and Possum Skin Cloaks. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 1(1), 5-22.

2015

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2015). Kinship Online: Engaging 'Cultural Praxis' in a Teaching and Learning Framework for Cultural Competence. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1), 70-84. [More Information]

2014

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2014). Kinship Module Teaching and Learning Framework.
  • Riley, L. (2014). untitled. In: Bungaree: The First Australian. Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2013

  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). Embedding Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Curriculum at University Level through Aboriginal Community Engagement. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 251-276). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Teaching Through Story Mapping. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(3), 73-84.
  • Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). The Kinship On-Line Project and Aboriginal Community Engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013 (AARE 2013), Deakin ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Riley, L. (2013). Wisdom in Our Country. In: NSW Parliament Indigenous Art Awards. NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Australia.

2012

  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kutay, C., Riley, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Decolonising Sociology Curriculum: using an online immersive learning environment to deliver cross-cultural training. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Experiencing Indigenous Knowledge Online as a Community Narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(1), 47-59. [More Information]
  • Riley, L. (2012). incised kangaroo-skin cloaks. In: Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra (Where We All Meet). Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, Australia.
  • Kutay, C., Riley, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Aboriginal Culture Online: sustaining traditions of knowledge sharing. ascilite 2012: Future Challenges|Sustainable Futures, Tugun, Australia: Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Refereed Conference Collection.
  • Kutay, C., Howard-Wagner, D., Riley, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Culture as Social Constructivism. The 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2012, Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]

2011

  • Riley, L., Genner, M. (2011). Bemel-Gardoo: Embedding Aboriginal cultural content in the science and technology syllabus. In Nola Purdie, Gina Milgate, Hannah Rachel Bell (Eds.), Two way Teaching and Learning: Toward culturally reflective and relevant education, (pp. 119-153). Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press.
  • Mooney, J., Riley, L., Kutay, C. (2011). Indigenous On-Line Cultural Teaching & Sharing. Indigenous Knowledges in Latin America and Australia: Locating Epistemologies, Difference and Dissent, Not applicable: Not applicable.

2010

  • Moore, S., Riley, L. (2010). Aboriginal mother yarns. In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 175-193). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Riley, L. (2010). The impact of the Education Revolution on Aboriginal education - Mapping of the literature & research against government policy directions. AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2007

  • Riley, L. (2007). Untapping resources for indigenous students. In Sally Knipe (Eds.), Middle Years Schooling: Reframing adolescence, (pp. 59-94). Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia: Pearson Education.

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