Born: Established: 21 Sep 1942 Perth ;
John Anthony Hay has had a distinguished academic career in Australia. At the University of Western Australia, he was Professor of English from 1980-1987, and Departmental Chair of the Academic Board in 1985. Dean of Arts at Monash University from 1987-1989, he became the Deputy Vice Chancellor of that university from 1989-1991, and Dean of Arts at Monash from 1987-1989. He was the third Vice Chancellor at Deakin University during the 1992-1995, becoming Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland in 1996. He retired from that post at the end of 2007.
Hay has worked in English and Australian literary studies, including bibliographical research. His work in bibliography began with a study of pre-19th century books in the Library of the Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia in WA (1986). He has edited short story collections and bibliographies of Western Australian writing (1981 and 1990).
Hay is General Editor of The Bibliography of Australian Literature which is produced under the auspices of AustLit. Volumes appeared in 2001, 2004, 2007 and the final volume will be published in 2008.
In 2003, Hay was honoured by Deakin University by naming a major building after him in recognition of his leading role in transforming the derelict woolstore buildings in the city of Geelong, Victoria, into an award-winning university campus. In 2004 he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) and in 2007 was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
In 2005, the University of Western Australia awarded John Hay an Honorary Doctor of Letters and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology.