Meet the staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Matt Hill
Course coordinator Bachelor of Contemporary Music
Composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Teaches musicianship, ensembles, music technology, screen sound and industry/career development.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Angela Nunn
Teaches Community Development, Sociology, Post-structural Policy Analysis. Qualitative research on community development, social housing and power relations.
Dr Barry Hill
Music educator, composer, performer. Teaches into Contemporary Music program with expertise in jazz, classical, popular; audio engineering; ensemble direction and arranging.
Social work practitioner with 20 years’ plus experience in child protection sector, research and evaluation, direct practice and service delivery, advice, support and training.
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’.
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.
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.
Dr Emma Doolan
Teaches creative writing, literary studies, professional writing units. Oversees production of student-authored/edited creative writing anthology, Coastlines. Research: Gothic representations of place.
Dr Marian Tubbs
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.
Dr Gregory Smith
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.
Dr Jean S Renouf
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.
Jeanti St Clair
Media lecturer teaching journalism and digital storytelling. Extensive professional journalism including audio-based journalism and documentary. Leads student reporting team at Byron Writers Festival.
Dr Kathomi Gatwiri
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.
Dr Leigh Carriage
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music program. Consummate vocalist and performer. Award-winning songwriter and composer. Coordinates APRA AMCOS Songwriting Series.
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.
Dr Liz Reimer
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.
Dr Lynne McPherson
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.
Dr Sandy Darab
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.
Dr Stephen Garrett
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.
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.
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.
Social anthropologist with the Centre for Children and Young People with an interest in children’s rights and participation, particularly in a tourism context.