Organisational Unit: School of Natural and Rural Systems Management

Don Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management based at Gatton Campus and the first recipient of our inaugural Early Career Advisor Awards. Don only completed his own PhD in 2000 for which he received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding thesis in that year. His research interests include farmer decision making and managerial ability, farmer education and extension.

In the short time since his own PhD completion he has supervised 15 Australian and international students with 5 completed, 2 almost completed and 1 under examination.

Don’s students describe him as a father, brother and an excellent academic with great intellectual strength, courage and wisdom. His major strength is his compassionate and integrative approach to a culturally very diverse student group. He emphasises an open and collegiate relationship between student and supervisor. This often contrasts with students’ experience in their home country, where academic or other supervisory relations may sometimes be more authoritarian and hierarchical systems. It can take time to make students comfortable with this different approach and Don discusses the differences and similarities frequently, so that the expectations of both parties can be explored and clarified. This also helps build mutual respect within the relationship.

The evidence of this is in the outstanding career outcomes of his students, some already Senior Lecturers, the 20 publications in high ranking international journals, that have emerged from research collaborations with his students.

The University of Queensland presents Dr Don Cameron – an outstanding Early Career Advisor and worthy recipient of a University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.

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