Macdonald Holmes Medal
James Macdonald Holmes was McCaughey Professor of Geography at the University of Sydney during the period 1929 to 1961. To commemorate his achievements over these years, the Geographical Society together with the Geography Teachers’ Association awards, biennially, a medal bearing his portrait and name, to a person deemed to have made a distinguished contribution in the field of geographical education in Australia.
The medal is awarded biennially. An explanation of the procedure and rules and the nomination form are available here.
The 2017 recipient of the medal is Professor Kevin Dunn, Western Sydney University.
Professor Kevin Dunn is a stalwart of geographical education in Australia. He has taught, and governed, geography at a tertiary level for 19 years, across three New South Wales institutions. Kevin has contributed to geographical bodies overseeing the education of students at all levels. He has also contributed to the development of geography curriculums in New South Wales and Australia. Kevin is an international leader in research and advocacy for racism and anti-racism. He has produced at least 65 refereed journal articles; 32 chapters in books and 6 books / edited collections. Kevin’s publications have had high impact, and he has written a variety of highly acclaimed geographical teaching resources. His work is disseminated frequently in national and international media.
Kevin was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Wollongong (majoring in Geography and Sociology) and a PhD at the University of Newcastle (Geography). He worked as a Lecturer, Department of Geography, The University of Newcastle from mid-1993 to mid-1995, before moving to what is now the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES) at UNSW, where he rose from Lecturer to Associate Professor before moving to the then University of Western Sydney. Kevin is a Professor in Human Geography and Urban Studies (2008-) at the now Western Sydney University, and since 2011 the Dean of School of Social Sciences & Psychology. Since 2015 he has been the Provost of the Penrith Campus.
Among his many contributions to geographical education, Kevin was a Writer of the Australian Curriculum: Geography (2011), a Discipline Expert on the Discipline Reference Group - Geography, Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project (2009-10) and the Academic Geography representative, Board of Studies NSW Geography Reference Group to advise on the New South Wales response to the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography, August 2010. He also co-authored a Human Geography text awarded first prize in the tertiary category for wholly Australian texts (the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, 2000). He has produced other important teaching resource publications, and has been very influential in founding a new Geography and Urban Studies unit at Western Sydney University (2008).
Professor Dunn has been a long-term member of the GSNSW, holding numerous important positions including President (2008-2011), Vice-President on two separate occasions, Secretary from 1996-2000 and he has been a Councillor since 1995.
His contribution to geographical education in Australia is both broad and deep, and in a word, is profound. It is with pleasure and gratitude that the Geography Teachers Association of NSW and the Geographical Society of NSW recognise and honour Professor Kevin Dunn by awarding him the 2017 MacDonald Holmes Medal.
Past recipients of the Macdonald Holmes Medal are:
|1977||Edgar Ford||1997||Geoffrey K Connolly|
|James B Rowe||Colin Davey|
|1979||Donald Biddle||1999||Joseph M Powell|
|1981||John Shaw||2001||Robert Fagan|
|1983||Alan Tweedie||2003||Nick Hutchinson|
|1985||Sr Gonzaga Stanley||2005||Deirdre Dragovich|
|1987||Gilbert J Butland||2007||John Connell|
|1989||Peter G Irwin||Grant Kleeman|
|Trevor Langford-Smith||2009||Susan Bliss|
|1991||Malcolm Barlow||Gordon Waitt|
|John S Emery||2011||Richie Howitt|
|1993||John H Holmes||2013||Martin Plüss|
|1995||Bruce G Thom||2015||Phillip O'Neill|