Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education Professor Vanessa Lemm said Prof Sculthorpe brought to the position a world-leading knowledge of Australian Aboriginal material cultures.
A Palawa woman from Tasmania, Prof Sculthorpe is a descendent of the famous Indigenous singer Fanny Smith.
She has a reputation as an avid tracker of Australian Aboriginal material and will draw on her extensive fieldwork to share her rich, real-world insights with students.
"Professor Sculthorpe will commence an initial research-intensive term in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation before joining the school in a teaching-research professorship," Prof Lemm said.
"She will make a brilliant contribution to our teaching program. Her expertise is fundamental to engaging with Aboriginal communities and local and international institutions."