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Mark Hughes Dean and Head of School 07 5589 3169
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor

Mark Hughes is a social worker and has worked in health, aged care and mental health settings in both Australia and the UK. He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is currently Dean and Head of School, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Mark's research interests centre around ageing and the delivery of health and aged care services to older people. He has completed research projects on conflict and violence in care-giving relationships involving older people, dementia and care-giving, older people's transitions through health and community care systems, and educational initiatives to facilitate reflective practice with older people. In addition to work on ageing, Mark has also published more broadly on social work and social work education.

He is currently engaged in a program of research on ageing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, which has involved projects on sexual identity expression in health and aged care, lesbian and gay people's experiences and expectations in accessing services, and the care networks of older LGBTI people.


Advancing Social Work Research - ARC Discovery Grant 2017-2020
The aim of the Advancing Social Work Research project is to increase the production, utilisation, and impact of social work research in Australia in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of human services. It is designed to enhance conceptual, methodological, and empirical understandings of the distinctive nature of social work research and its contribution to human services policy and practice. Research team: Professor Clare Tilbury, Griffith University; Professor Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University; Professor Christine Bigby, La Trobe University; Professor Mike Fisher, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Reducing Health Disparities for Older LGBTI Australians - ARC Linkage Grant 2016-2019
This project brings together researchers and key organisations in the health, aged care, and LGBTI sectors to build a much-needed evidence base to optimise health and aged care services throughout Australia. It will utilise quantitative and qualitative methods to provide detailed data on the health and support-related challenges and needs of older LGBTI Australians, as well as the educational and support needs of service providers, and will develop essential resources to support policymakers and service providers in reducing the health disparities faced by older LGBTI Australians. Research team: A/Prof Anthony Lyons, La Trobe University; Dr Catherine Barrett, La Trobe University; Prof Victor Minichiello, University of New England; Prof Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University; Prof Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, University of Washington, USA. BSW(Hons)(JCU), PhD(UQ) Mark BSW(Hons)(JCU), PhD(UQ) Lismore
Leticia Anderson Lecturer 02 6620 3790
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr In her role as Lecturer in Humanities at Southern Cross University, Leticia primarily teaches in the area of Cultural Studies. Leticia has a dual research speciality in inclusive and transformational higher education and on race relations and Islamophobia in contemporary Australian society. Her current research is particularly focussed on strategies for connecting cultural competence to social justice curricula, and on evaluating representations of Islam and Muslims in press reporting during Australian election campaigns. Leticia formerly worked as an academic at the University of Sydney for ten years, most recently as a Lecturer at the National Centre for Cultural Competence. Leticia had also previously served as Degree Director for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney?s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Prior to commencing her academic career, Leticia worked in the Indigenous rights and reconciliation movement, including as Executive Officer for the NSW Reconciliation Council. BA (Hons) (Sydney), GradCertEdStud (Sydney), PhD (Sydney) Leticia BA (Hons) (Sydney), GradCertEdStud (Sydney), PhD (Sydney) Lismore
Darren Bryant Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02 66 20 3892
School of Arts and Social Sciences Mr BA(UNE), BVA(Griffith), MA(SCU) Darren BA(UNE), BVA(Griffith), MA(SCU) Lismore
Nadine Cameron Research Officer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Nadine
Leigh Carriage Senior Lecturer 02 6620 3874
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr

Leigh is an Australia composer, vocalist, educator and public speaker. Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

Since 1999 Leigh has been the coordinator of a Visiting Artists mentoring program for Women in Contemporary Music and more recently has developed an innovative website. The website shows the vibrant, creative and diverse contribution women musicians have made to Australian music and culture, including graduates and students from Southern Cross University. In a regional area especially, women students in non-traditional areas often lack support, and this website is one way of providing them with information, resources, contacts, mentors, and inspiration.

Since 2004 Leigh has coordinated the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Bernard Fanning, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lisa Gerard, Rob Hirst, Kerrianne Cox, Nerida Tyson-Chew, Sarah Storer, The Stiff Gins, Katie Noonan, Troy Cassar-Daly, Neil Murray and Mia Dyson. The overall design is that Australian Songwriters are invited to discuss their individual and or collaborative approaches to songwriting.

Other festival performances include the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival USA as well as Wangaratta Jazz and Blues, Brisbane Jazz Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival and Mullum Music Festival, Sydney's Newport and Manly Festivals. Recently Leigh performed with her quartet at the Brisbane Festival in the famous Spiegeltent, along with two of Australia's most widely recognised jazz exports, Jamie Oehlers and Paul Grabowsky.

Research interests include composing, performance, improvisation techniques, vocal pedagogy and recording. At the International Jazz Voice Conference, Helsinki Finland, Leigh presented research on 'Hybridity in the music of Youn Sun Nah: New directions in jazz vocal style'. Leigh recently recorded two albums in Sydney at Studio 301, an original album Mandarin Skyline featuring Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Sam Keevers, Steve Russell and Matt Smith. Mixed and mastered in LA by Grammy Award winning Engineer Helik Hadar. A ten track jazz album was also recorded featuring Brendan Clarke, Hamish Stuart, Steve Russell, Matt Smith. Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Bell Award in 2014.

Leigh recorded her fifth album Weave, featuring ten original compositions. Several pieces were written for large ensemble with horn and string sections: featuring violinists Lizzy Welsh and Natasha Conrau, cellist Charlotte Jacke, Violist Anna Webb, tenor saxophonist Julien Wilson, soprano saxophonist Carl Mackey, alto saxophonists Angela Davis and Tony Buchannan, baritone saxophonist Phil Noy, tenor saxophonist Carlo Barbaro, bassist Frank Di Sario, pianist Steve Russell, drummer Danny Fischer and guitarist Stephen Magnusson. Weave won Album of the Year in the North Coast Entertainment Industry Awards in 2016.

Leigh completed her research and compositions for her Ph.D., Doctorate in Philosophy (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University. BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU), PhD(Sydney) Leigh BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU), PhD(Sydney) Lismore
Grayson Cooke Deputy Dean and School Director (Research) +61 2 6620 3839
School of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Professor Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented media art and live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and he has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, NeMaf in Seoul, VIDEOFORMES in France, TIVA in Taipei, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar he has published widely in academic journals, and he is an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

>>> Visit Grayson's personal website: BA(Hons)(VUW), PhD(Concordia) Grayson BA(Hons)(VUW), PhD(Concordia) Lismore
Sandy Darab Senior Lecturer (02) 6620 3028
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr BA(Hons)(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Sandy BA(Hons)(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Lismore
Emma Doolan Lecturer (02) 6620 3146
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr BFineArts (Hons), PhD Emma BFineArts (Hons), PhD Lismore
Fiona Fell Senior Lecturer 612663897
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU), PhD(Griffith) Fiona BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU), PhD(Griffith) Lismore
Rob Garbutt Associate Professor 02 6620 3350
School of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Professor Rob Garbutt is an Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Written Communication at the School of Arts and Social Sciences. His research takes an interdisciplinary cultural studies approach to issues of place, identity and belonging. Much of this work takes place with community members, or in collaboration with other researchers. His publications have focused on "settler" identity (for example in two books The locals and Inside Australian culture), explorations of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians (in journals such as History and Anthropology and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies), and relationships in place between human and more-than-human inhabitants (in Continuum, Coolabah, M/C Journal and Transformations). In each instance, it is place, belonging and identity that are contexts for matters of concern. PhD(SCU) Rob PhD(SCU) Lismore