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Jordan, Deirdre Frances (1926 - )

AC, MBE, BA, MA, MEd, DipEd, DLitt, FACE

Born
18 September 1926
Loxton, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Academic and Educator

Summary

Sister Deirdre Jordan was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) on 26 January 1989. She became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 1 January 1969 for services to education. The daughter of Clement and Helana (née Roberts) Jordan, Sister Deirdre Jordan is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. In March 2002 she retired as Chancellor of Flinders University South Australia. Her association with Flinders University commenced in 1981 as Pro-Chancellor. A senior lecturer at Adelaide University from 1968 to 1988, Sister Jordan lectured in the field of sociology of education. She undertook study tours of Tanzania (1975), China (1976 and 1979), South America (1977 and 1980) to investigate bases for decision-making in structure of curriculum and education administration in developing countries.

Details

Events

1954 - 1968
Headmistress at St Aloysius College (South Australia)
1954 - 1968
Member of the Independent Schools Headmistresses Association
1965 -
Foundation Member of the Flinders University Council
1968 - 1988
Senior Lector at the University of Adelaide (South Australia)
1 January 1969
Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil)
1970 - 1973
Chairman of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies of Music
1973 - 1982
Deputy Chairman of the Department of Education at the University of Adelaide
1977 - 1980
Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Authority (South Australia)
1980 - 1988
Pro-Chancellor at Flinders University (South Australia)
1982 - 1984
Chairman of the Department of Education at the University of Adelaide
1987 - 1991
Board Member of the South Australian Institute of Catholic Teacher Education
1988 - 2002
Chancellor at Flinders University (South Australia)
26 January 1989
Appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
1992
Patron of the Notre Dame Institute of Education, Karachi Pakistan
1993
Member of the Board of Trustees at St Francis Xavier Seminary
1994
Chair Board of Governors at Merecedes College

Sources used to compile this entry: Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2002, 2020 pp; Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp; http://www.flinders.edu.au/news/articles/?oc03v11s01 accessed 2002-10-28.

Archival resources

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Interview with Deirdre F. Jordan [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides, OH 250/1; Jordan, Deirdre Frances (1926 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Anne Heywood

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