Zan Rowe Takes On Advisory Role At RMIT University

20 October 2023 | 2:33 pm | Mary Varvaris

That's officially Prof. Zan Rowe to you; thank you very much.

'Take 5 with Zan Rowe'

'Take 5 with Zan Rowe' (Source: Supplied)

Australian broadcasting icon Zan Rowe is officially Prof. Zan Rowe to you; thank you very much. She has joined RMIT University in a new advisory role – Industry Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Media and Communication – that will immensely benefit students and staff alike.

“Incredibly honoured to be joining RMIT University in this advisory role. I loved my time there; it changed my life. So I guess I'm Professor Zan now,” Rowe wrote on Facebook today.

In her role, Rowe has been appointed with a range of critical responsibilities, including engagement with students and university staff, an advisor regarding curriculum development and offering invaluable industry experience and insight.

Rowe added, per a statement on the RMIT website, “RMIT kickstarted my broadcasting life and opened so many doors for the career that’s followed. It’s an honour to be taking on this role and offering the mentorship I gratefully received to the next generation of media makers.”

The RMIT Dean of Media and Communication, Professor Lisa French, said, “We are excited to welcome Zan into the academic community and look forward to the valuable contributions she will make to the University's mission of shaping the next generation of media and communication professionals.”

Rowe’s new role at RMIT follows the launch of season two of her ABC series, Take 5 With Zan Rowe, inspired by her longstanding Double J podcast series of the same name.

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The second season is stacked with talent, including Oasis legend Noel Gallagher, Scottish-Australian Cold Chisel rocker and solo artist Jimmy Barnes, rising star and Mike Shinoda collaborator G Flip, Logie-nominated actor Mark Coles Smith, Natalie Imbruglia, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“The success of Take 5’s first season confirmed what I’ve long believed: songs hold our stories, and no matter who we are, we all have a deep connection to music,” Rowe said when it was announced Take 5 would return to our television screens.

“I’m so proud and happy that Take 5 is returning to prime time with even more incredible epiphanies from the people we love, sharing the songs that made them.”