TG Tucker Medal awarded to Professor Colin Nettlebeck

It is a great pleasure that the School of Languages and Linguistics extends its warmest congratulations to Professor Colin Nettelbeck, who is the distinguished recipient of the first ever TG Tucker Medal. This is a most prestigious award which acknowledges Colin’s many outstanding contributions to the University. The Tucker Medal is named after the first Dean of Arts at the University and is awarded for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the Faculty in the areas of research, teaching and learning, engagement and leadership.

Professor Nettlebeck is one of Australia's pre-eminent cultural historians, whose scholarship on French culture, cinema and literature is acclaimed internationally. He was appointed as AR Chisholm Professor of French at Melbourne University in 1994, and was Head of the Department of French and Italian Studies (1994-2000) and Head of the School of Languages from 2000 to 2004. Colin was a member of the Academic Board from 1994 to 2004 and served on numerous Faculty and University Committees.

Professor Nettlebeck continues to passionately advocate the study of French language, the understanding and enjoyment of French culture and the importance of close French-Australian relations. He has also made a major contribution through his leadership of the French Trust. His work has been recognised with a range of honours, including; Officier des Palmes Academiques in 1984; Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1999; and Vice–President of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 1998. In 2003, Colin was awarded the Commonwealth Centenary Medal.

Professor Colin Nettelbeck will be presented with his award at one of our graduation ceremonies next month.