Dr Jessa Rogers

Dr Jessa Rogers is a nationally recognised leader in Indigenous Education. Her PhD from the Australian National University is one of few studies ever conducted with Aboriginal Australian boarding school students. A previous school principal and registered teacher, Jessa’s teaching experience spans primary, secondary and university teaching, the past decade of her career primarily focused on undergraduate and postgraduate settings.

Jessa is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language at ANU, and First Nations Senior Research Fellow at QUT (in the Digital Media Research Centre, Australia’s leading organisation for communication research). Her research focuses on amplifying the voices of Indigenous peoples and communities using Indigenous research methods and methodologies, drawing on arts-based approaches. 

Jessa is a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University), a Churchill Fellow, and was awarded a National NAIDOC Award for her contributions to Indigenous girls’ boarding education. She is the co-author and co-editor of best-selling education texts including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction to the Teaching Profession (Cambridge University Press), and Teaching: Making a Difference (Wiley). She provides critical advice at federal and state/territory levels, and in the media, on Indigenous education policy and specifically, Indigenous boarding. She was a founding member of the AITSL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and works frequently with organisations in the area of Indigenous strategy and advice, as Managing Director of Baayi Consulting.

Jessa is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Centre for Policy Development Board, the Pearson First Nations Advisory Board, and the Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal Editorial Board, among other boards and committees. Jessa is passionate about community relationships, Indigenous empowerment, and education systems that provide opportunities for Australian students to engage respectfully and meaningfully with the world’s oldest living cultures.