Ronald C McCallum AO is the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney. He took up this position in January 1993, which was the first full professorship in industrial law at any Australian university. Ron is the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia or New Zealand. Ron teaches labour law and litigation at the University of Sydney at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught labour law at the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Ontario Canada, and at Duke University, North Carolina United States of America.
Professor McCallum commenced as Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney and is the first totally blind person to be appointed to the Deanship of a Law School in Australia or New Zealand.
Ron is also the inaugural president of the Australian Labour Law Association. In September 2006, Professor McCallum was appointed as the Asian regional Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law.
In September 2003, Ron was elected as the Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Co-Operative Ltd which operates radio 2RPH, which reads out over the air newspapers and magazines for blind and for other print handicapped listeners. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of Vision Australia Pty Ltd, and in November 2006 he was appointed as one of the two Deputy-Chairs of this Board. Vision Australia assists blind people in Australia, but especially in the States of New South Wales and Victoria.
In early 2002, the Australian Government awarded Professor McCallum a Centenary Medal for his role as a labour law scholar and for his role as a disabled citizen in our nation. In the 2006 Queen’s Birthday honours list (12 June 2006), Professor McCallum received the designation of Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice.