Meet the staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Academic staff

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Professor Mark Hughes

Head of School

Has worked in health, aged care, mental health in UK and Australia. Teaching expertise is organisational dimensions of social work practice. Research focus is ageing and delivery of health and aged care services.

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Associate Professor Grayson Cooke

Deputy Dean and Director (Research)

Interdisciplinary scholar, media artist. Teaches media production, music video, media theory. Presents media art and live AV performance works in Australia and internationally.

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Associate Professor Rob Garbutt

Director of Community Engagement

Specialises in teaching students making scholarly transitions to university study or shifting from undergraduate to Honours. Research interest considers ways of belonging.

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Dr Leticia Anderson

Director of Teaching and Learning Course coordinator Bachelor of Arts

Lecturer in Humanities, primarily Cultural Studies. Research interests: inclusive and transformational higher education; and race relations and Islamophobia in contemporary Australian society.

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Associate Professor Annie Mitchell

Director of Higher Degrees Research

Teaches contemporary music theory, musicianship, classical music and musicology, composition and arranging, music education, ensemble and piano. Plays piano and double bass.

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Associate Professor Adele Wessell

Chair of School Board

PhD in History. Specialises in Food Studies. Teaches US and Australian Cultural History and Food Studies. Coordinates Community Engagement Project unit. Research interest is food history.

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Dr Erika Kerruish

Course coordinator Honours programs

Teaches cultural studies and philosophy. Research examines sensory, affective and cultural aspects of interactions with digitally-driven technologies. Co-editor of Transformations journal.

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Dr Lynda Hawryluk

Course coordinator Associate Degree of Creative Writing; Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

Practising writer and qualified secondary English teacher. Lectures and teaches in writing units focused on writing and reading practices, poetry for advanced level students.

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Dr Wes Hill

Course coordinator Bachelor of Art and Design

Teaching expertise in visual art, creative industries, art history and media studies. Research interests: aesthetics, research-based practice, identity politics and digital culture.

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Dr Matt Hill

Course coordinator Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Teaches musicianship, ensembles, music technology, screen sound and industry/career development.

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Dr Mandy Hughes

Course coordinator Bachelor of Social Science

Lecturer in sociology. Research focuses on refugee experiences and equity issues in regional Australia. Has worked in community and international development.

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Dr Louise Whitaker

Course coordinator Bachelor of Social Welfare; Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Welfare. Worked in human services sector for more than 20 years.

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Andrew Jones

Associate Lecturer

Background in photography and film. Teaches Media Studies. Research interests are cinema, post-colonialism, politics of everyday life. Works primarily with first year students transiting to uni life.

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Dr Angela Nunn

Associate Lecturer

Teaches Community Development, Sociology, Post-structural Policy Analysis. Qualitative research on community development, social housing and power relations.

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Dr Barry Hill

Senior Lecturer

Music educator, composer, performer. Teaches into Contemporary Music program with expertise in jazz, classical, popular; audio engineering; ensemble direction and arranging.

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Clarissa Hitchcock

Associate Lecturer

Social work practitioner with 20 years’ plus experience in child protection sector, research and evaluation, direct practice and service delivery, advice, support and training.

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Darren Bryant

Lecturer

Lecturer in Art and Design program. Nationally and internationally recognised printmaker. Research interest: merging old and new print technologies to interrogate ideas surrounding ‘aura of original’.

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David Sanders

Associate Lecturer

One of the top drum educators whose students are some of the most in-demand drummers in Australian music industry. An exemplar of translating real industry skills into an academic environment.

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Dr Elaine Nuske

Dr Elaine Nuske

Social worker in UK and Australia for 15 years, primarily child and family work, foster care. Has developed curriculum and taught counselling, social work practice, social policy and law. Research in problem gambling.

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Dr Emma Doolan

Lecturer

Teaches creative writing, literary studies, professional writing units. Oversees production of student-authored/edited creative writing anthology, Coastlines. Research: Gothic representations of place.

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Dr Marian Tubbs

Senior Lecturer

Marian Tubbs is an artist living and working between Bundjalung, and Gubbi Gubbi Land. Her broad research interests include vision technologies, the agency of poor materials and text in art.

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Dr Gregory Smith

Senior Lecturer

PhD explored lived experiences of Forgotten Australians: those adults (including himself) who, as children, were placed in institutional care. Teaches into Social Sciences and Social Welfare. Advocate for socially disadvantaged.

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Dr Jean S Renouf

Lecturer

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Worked as international aid worker in challenging environments: Afghanistan, Congo, Haiti, Iraq, North Korea. Research: impact of climate change on national and human security.

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Jeanti St Clair

Lecturer

Media lecturer teaching journalism and digital storytelling. Extensive professional journalism including audio-based journalism and documentary. Leads student reporting team at Byron Writers Festival.

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Dr Kathomi Gatwiri

Senior Lecturer

Social worker and psychotherapist. Award-winning researcher with a focus on trauma, race and the politics of Blackness and Africanness in Australia. Teaches into the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program across a range of diverse topics.

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Dr Leigh Carriage

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music program. Consummate vocalist and performer. Award-winning songwriter and composer. Coordinates APRA AMCOS Songwriting Series.

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Dr Lisa Milner

Course coordinator Bachelor of Digital Media

Comes to academia from media production background. Research: intersections between politics and culture, including radical theatre, labour history, community organisations and management, left-wing political media, union movements, film.

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Dr Liz Reimer

Senior Lecturer

Comes to academia with 15 plus years’ social welfare practice and policy experience, incl as Senior Research Officer at both Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the NT.

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Dr Lynne McPherson

Associate Professor

Teaching interests: social work practice foundations; social policy and the law; social work organisations, leadership and management. More than 25 years’ experience as social worker and social work manager.

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Dr Sandy Darab

Senior Lecturer

Teaches sociology in Social Science program and associated courses. Research interests: housing situation for single older women, environmental problems, social impacts of 2017 Lismore flood.

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Dr Stephen Garrett

Senior Lecturer

Creates interdisciplinary artwork in video, sculpture, photography and installation. Challenges viewers with an unconventional approach for interpreting the world. An artist who works around difficult issues.

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Professor Anne Graham

Professor of Childhood Studies

Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies and Director of the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP). Has led over 60 research projects focused primarily on children's rights, wellbeing and safety.

Dr Kate Neale

Kate Neale

Research Officer

Engages with questions of social welfare, status, lived experience, participation, ethics, wellbeing and belonging for children, young people and people with cognitive disability disability in a variety of social contexts.

Dr Antonia Canosa

Antonia Canosa

Research Fellow

Social anthropologist with the Centre for Children and Young People with an interest in children’s rights and participation, particularly in a tourism context.


Contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 7 5589 3169

E: sasshos@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3136

E: leanne.brown@scu.edu.au

Deputy Dean and Director (Research)

T: +61 2 6620 3839

E: grayson.cooke@scu.edu.au

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