National honour for Theology Dean

The Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, Dean of the Theology School of Trinity College and the University of Divinity, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

Dorothy was one of only 23 leading scholars elected as Fellows of the Academy this year. The Australian Academy of the Humanities was established by Royal Charter in 1969 to advance scholarship and public interest in the humanities in Australia. There are currently approximately 400 members.

This election came as something of a surprise to Dorothy, who on request had provided her CV, publications list and reviews to the Academy 12 months ago.

Reflecting on that part of the process, Dorothy says that after ‘providing them with my CV, publications list and reviews of my work, I forgot all about it’.

Following a rigorous nomination and election process, the Academy met in late November and confirmed the list of successful Fellows.

Says Dorothy, ‘I am humbled by this affirmation of my academic work and vocation.’

The Fellowship is a recognition of Dorothy’s status as an international scholar and thought leader in religion.

Professor Ken Hinchclif, Warden of Trinity College, comments that ‘the College is immensely proud of Dorothy’s elevation to Fellowship of this learned academy, which is achieved as a result of a lifetime of work. Her election as Fellow is a clear indication of the quality of scholarship in the Theological School.’

The appointment comes within a year of the Trinity College Theological School becoming a member College of the University of Divinity.

Says Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity, Peter Sherlock, ‘This is fantastic news for the University as Dorothy is the first Fellow elected since we became a university’.

Trinity College is also proud to announce that College alumnus Angus Trumble (TC 1983) has also been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Angus was the main speaker at the Art Patrons’ Dinner in the Dining Hall in August, and has a rather distinguished career in the US and now in Australia in senior art roles.


Profile of the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee

The Australian Academy of the Humanities

01 Dec 2015
Category: Theological School