Cultural capability

Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Business (Honours)

Dr Kerry Bodle is a descendant of Karendali (Thargomindah), Kalali (Conbar Outstation) and Waka Waka (Cherbourg) First Nation Peoples.

At the age of 38, Kerry completed her Bachelor of Business degree at Griffith University and went on to complete her Honours in 2003. It was during her Honours courses that she developed a good understanding and passion for undertaking research, leading her to enrol in a doctorate degree, whilst working as a tutor for the Griffith University Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

Kerry's career has continued at Griffith University, where she has used her self-proclaimed 'accidental academic' status to establish relationships with industry and government departments which support the importance of increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in business education, research, engagement and employment.

Her myriad of professional achievements is intrinsically linked to her passion of engaging students in authentic and meaningful ways to develop their cultural competency.
One such achievement is her national recognition as the first Level B accounting academic to win a prestigious ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant.

Most recently, Dr Bodle has been appointed as the Griffith Business School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Director.

Her community-based roles in addition to Accounting, Finance, and Economics academia include: Griffith Business School Pro-Vice Chancellor’s nominated Equity Champion, Reconciliation Action Plan champion, First Peoples Employment Working Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, Certified Practising Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and Indigenous Accountants Australia (IAA).

Dr Bodle has established herself as a prominent and highly respected First People's advocate who is regularly called upon to speak on Indigenous issues within the accounting and financial services industries. Her contributions to Indigenous knowledge increasingly influence industry professionals, government policy-makers and educators around Australia.

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