Fellowship recognises research excellence

24 November 2011

Professorial Research Fellow Professor Peter Freebody has been elected a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in recognition of for his outstanding contributions to literacy and English education.

ASSA is an independent, non-government organisation that promotes research and development across all the social sciences. Election as a fellow is an honour accorded to academics who are leaders in their fields.

Professor Freebody has become one of only 22 academics listed nationally as fellows in the field of education, and the only education researcher to to elected as a fellow in this year's list of 26 initiates.

Professor Freebody has served on numerous Australian state and national advisory groups in the area of literacy education and curriculum design. He was evaluator of the Australian national online curriculum initiative conducted by the Australian Curriculum Corporation, and lead consultant in the development of the Australian English Curriculum.

He is a member of the NSW State Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy and is the Commonwealth Government's nominee on the National Literacy and Numeracy Expert Group.

Three other University of Sydney researchers were admitted to ASSA: Professor Anthony Aspromourgos (Economics), Professor Geoffrey Garrett (United State Studies Centre), and Professor Elspeth Probyn (Gender and Cultural Studies).