Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer

Senior Lecturer

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
s.leroydyer@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68016

Overview

I am a Saltwater woman, with family ties to the Garigal, Awabakal, darug and Wiradyuri peoples, of NSW.

I am the Director of the UQ Business School Indigenous Business Hun and the Associate PRME Director - Indigenous Engagement for UQ Business School.

I have a PhD in the degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Management). My thesis is entitled: Private-sector employment programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Comparative case studies.

I completed my Honours thesis in 2006, entitled “Is mentoring an effective Human Resource strategy to redress labour market disadvantage for Indigenous Australians: A qualitative study of mentoring outcomes for Indigenous trainees at the University of Newcastle”.

I am a staunch Unionist and Activist with left wing political views.

Research Expertise My current research areas include: Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in Education and Employment, Labour Market disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment strategies, Managing Diversity in Organisations, Employment Relations and the importance of unions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour history, Corporate Social responsibility / Corporate Governance / Student association governance, Indigenous Entrepreneurship / Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Enabling education & Indigenous HDR success.

I am a member of the UQ BS Social Impact Hub, Sustainable Infrastructure Research Hub, and the Business Educators Hub, in addition to leading the Indigenous Business Hub.

Teaching Expertise Sharlene is leading the Indigenisation of curriculum for the UQ Business School. other teaching expertise are: Industrial relations, diversity management, negotiation and advocacy. Aboriginal studies, Aboriginal labour history, Aboriginal employment, enabling courses for Aboriginal students

Administrative Expertise 12 successful grants

Collaborations Research collaborations include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement, Enabling Pedagogies, Enabling education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, Workplace mentoring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Increasing participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Business Schools.

Service / Leadership Sharlene is an active participant in university and community service roles. Sharlene is an elected member of the UQ Academic Board and sits on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Consultative Committee. At a Faculty level, Sharlene is on the Bel RAP Implementation Committee. At a school level, Sharlene is the Director of the UQBS Indigenous Business Hub, the Associate PRME Director for Indigenous Engagement, leading the Indigenisation of the curriculum within the UQ Business School. External to the university, Sharlene is the Chair of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee, the Chair of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) First Nations Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Sharlene is the secretary of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), the peak organisation for Indigenous Higehr Education. Sharlene is the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduates Association (NATSIPA) and sits on the National representative Committee and the Board of the Council of Australian Postgraduates Association (CAPA).

Awards Sharlene was the recipient of the BEL Faculty EDI Award in 2022, the UQ Business School Recognition of Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Community, Diversity and Inclusion in 2021 and a UQ Commendation Award for Excellence in Reconciliaiton in 2021 and 2022. In 2008 Sharlene was the recipient of an Australia Day Award from the Council of Women NSW - Office of Women - Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Entrenpreneurship
    I was a founding Director of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment strategies
    I have developed an evaluative framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs within organisations as part of my PHD. I use this framework to assist organisations to develop culturally capable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategies.
  • Employment Relations and the importance of unions
    I have been a union member since the age of 15. I believe unions are the backbone of our working society and are a vital part of any workplace, ensuring that workers have fair and equitable working conditions. My current research looks at the important role unions play in social and workplace rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Closing the Gap In Indigenous Disadvantage in Education and Employment
    I am passionate about Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Employment. I research and teach into this area.

Research Impacts

My research output has increased since moving to the University of Queensland, I have had the opportunity to develop more publications, some of which are currently under review.

My research is multidisciplinary, and I am building my research career around my passion of closing the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in education and employment which also gives back to my community. Therefore, the overarching concepts around my research focuses on empowerment and self-determination of Indigenous peoples, which covers race, identity, policy, politics and knowledge creation.

My H-index in Google scholar is 3 which reflects my career to date, my publications are just starting to be indexed in Scopus (index of 1) & Web of Science. The impact of my research is best seen in communities and organisations, especially government. I have been cited in the Australian Universities Accord Interim Report and The Higher Education Support Amendment (Response to the Australian Universities Accord Interim Report) Bill 2023 and I spoke at the Government's Jobs and Skills Summit. In addition, large and small organisations are using the evaluative framework that I developed in my PhD to assist them to employ and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The benefits of organisations using this framework are vital to our communities.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Blaise, Mindy, Gray, Emily, Pollitt, Jo, Acton, Renae, Barraclough, Shanee, Bodén, Linnea, Cullen, Fin, Dekker, Karien, Gröndal, Hedvig, Leroy-Dyer, Sharlene, Murray, Peta, Nordstrom, Susan, Rahm, Lina, Sjödin, Elin Sundström and Tudor, Raewyn (2024). Creatively Attending to Unfinished Business, Everyday Sexisms, Covid-19, and Higher Education. The Routledge International Handbook of Transdisciplinary Feminist Research and Methodological Praxis. (pp. 380-412) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003303558-45

  • Leroy-Dyer, Sharlene and Menzel, Kelly (2023). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inclusion in the Workplace. The Routledge Handbook of Australian Indigenous Peoples and Futures. (pp. 81-102) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003271802-8

  • Jordan, Ree and Leroy-Dyer, Sharlene (2023). The leadership virtues of Aboriginal women in Australia. Leadership and virtues: understanding and practicing good leadership. (pp. 163-180) edited by Toby P. Newstead and Ronald E. Riggio. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003212874-16

  • Leroy-Dyer, Sharlene (2022). Closing the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment disadvantage in Australia. A Field Guide to Managing Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Organisations. (pp. 33-46) edited by Subas Dhakal, Roslyn Cameron and John Burgess. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781800379008

  • Leroy-Dyer, Sharlene (2010). Employing Indigenous Australians: strategies for success. Managing diversity in Australia: theory and practice. (pp. 137-152) edited by Glenda Strachan, Erica French and John Burgess. Sydney, NSW Australia: McGrath Hill.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor