Appointment of Professor Harry Heseltine, AO as the second Rector of the University College.
Harry Heseltine holds degrees from the University of Western Australia (B.A., Hons I) and Louisiana State University (M.A., Ph.D.). He has held tenured positions in the English Departments of the University of New England, the University of New South Wales, and James Cook University, as well as visiting appointments at Hofstra University (U.S.A.), Heidelberg (Germany), Exeter (U.K.) and the National University of Singapore. He was professorial head of the English Department at RMC, Duntroon (1982-85) and at the Australian Defence Force Academy (1986-1991), and Rector (CEO) of UNSW's College at ADFA (1991-1996). He has received Fulbright and Carnegie grants for study and research in the United States and in 1990 was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to education, especially in the field of Australian literature. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
While his research interests and publications lie mainly in the area of Australian literary studies, he has lectured, at the undergraduate level, in most areas of Renaissance and post-Renaissance English literature, as well as in nineteenth century American literature. His postgraduate teaching and supervision have concentrated on Australian literature.
Since his retirement in 1996 his chief publications have been The Most Glittering Prize: The Miles Franklin Literary Award 1957 - 1998, A Leader of His Craft: Theatre Reviews by H.G. Kippax, and The Voice of the Thunderer: Journalism of H.G. Kippax
He spent 50 years in literary scholarship as editor of many commentaries on Australian literature.