Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakany man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. He was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, and the Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) from 2009 to 2016.
As a member of the CDU Executive, Professor Larkin worked closely with other senior managers and stakeholders, including the Commonwealth, in developing and implementing strategies and providing leadership to further progress the vision, strategic framework, goals and objectives of CDU in becoming a leader in Indigenous education.
Professor Larkin has completed a doctorate on the subject of race relations as a candidate of the Queensland University of Technology, and holds a Masters in Social Work from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland.
Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Indigenous Affairs. He has chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council or ATSIHEAC (then Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council) for three years (2009-2012), and the Northern Territory Board of Studies for two years (2010-2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of several well-respected professional affiliations which include:
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC)
- National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)
- First Peoples Education Advisory Group (FPEAG)
- Healing Foundation