Professor Mary Ann Bin-Sallik is Dean of the College of Indigenous Education and Research, at the University of South Australia and is a Justice of Peace. She has both her masters degree and doctorate in education from Harvard University. Mary Ann was born in Broome, Western Australia, and was the first Indigenous graduate from general nursing at the Darwin Hospital. She spent 17 years in the nursing profession before moving into higher education. She has served on a number of national committees and councils. An active researcher, she received an ARC grant to look at the Asian influences on the construction of contemporary Aboriginal identity in Broome and Darwin. Her book, Aboriginal Women by Degrees, was published by UQP in 2000 and records the journeys of 13 Indigenous women on their road to achievement.