Dee Michell has training in the Humanities (Theology) and the Social Sciences (Women's Studies) and experience as a social researcher and interdisciplinary scholar. She is a passionate advocate for university education, both as a pathway to creating a more just and inclusive social world, and as a source of self-understanding for those wanting to make connections between their life experience and the social-cultural environment in which they live.
Dee's research reflects her passion for higher education and socially transformative projects which focus on the ‘wicked problems’ of (in)equity and (intolerance of) diversity. In the past she has explored the experience of women in marginalised religious groups, and has conducted research into the experience on campus of university students and academics from under-represented groups, particularly those from working class and low socio-economic status backgrounds and including students who experienced state care as children and young people. She has also completed data collection from a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia.
More recently Dee has been collaborating with University of Adelaide colleagues. One project involves investigating ways to increase the representation of women in Computer Science. A second project builds on Dee's research into the history of foster care to explore ways of caring more inclusively for children on the margins of Australian society (eg Aboriginal and refugee children, those in state care, with disabilities, and from poor families).
Dee's current research interests include the under representation of women in Computer Science, and the experience of being cared for as told by children and young people on the margins of Australian society. She is also continuing to report on findings from the history of foster care project.
Dee has peer reviewed articles for the following scholarly journals: Australian Social Work, Colloquy (Monash University, Australia), Developing Practice (Aust), Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (USA), Higher Education, Horizon Publications, International Journal of English and Literature, Journal of Gender Studies (UK), Life Writing (Aust), Special Edition of Depression Research & Treatment, 2012, 'Religious and Spiritual Factors in Depression' (USA), Studies in Higher Education (UK).
Invitations to speak:
- Adelaide Festival Writers Week, "Dedication Brenda Niall", Monday 29th February 2016.
- Launch of Prayers for a Secular World at Dymocks Bookshop, 21st October 2015
- Adelaide Festival Writers Week, In Conversation with James Boyce, author of Born Bad:Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, 4 March 2015.
- Chair, 5th Annual SA Women's and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture, 6 May 2014 - Lecture delivered by Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University on the topic "Feminism and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse"
- Academic Women's Promotion Forum, University of Adelaide, 25 March 2014
- Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, Faith Based Session with Diarmaid MacCulloch & Francis Spufford, 6 March 2014
- Keynote Address for IAP Forum, University of Adelaide, February 2012
- "In Bed with Tracey Emin" Public Forum - Invitation to speak and participate in a panel discussion at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 16 October 2011.
- Invitation to attend National Domestic Violence Conference for Mount Gambier - Weds 13 to Fri 15 July 2011- and conduct a workshop with Tony Tonkin (BSW) based on our 2010 article "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.
- Creativity Forum, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre on May 7, 2011.
- Workshop facilitation at the 2008 Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) Conference, Flinders University, 8th July 2008.
|2013||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2011||Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2008 - 2010||Tutor||University of South Australia|
|2005 - 2010||Educator||Relationships Australia|
|2003 - 2010||Associate Lecturer||Flinders University|
|2003||Travel Grant Award||Flinders University|
|2003||Overseas Field Trip Award||Flinders University|
|2002 - 2006||Australian Postgraduate Award|
|2000||Golden Key Award|
|2000||Chancellor's Letter of Commendation||Flinders University|
|2002||Flinders University||Australia||Bachelor of Theology (Hons)|
|2000||Flinders University||Australia||Bachelor of Theology|
|1998||University of Adelaide||Australia||Bachelor of Arts (Major in Women's Studies)|
|2016||Michell,D, Beddoe,L, Fraser,H, Jarldorn,M, 2016, Solidarity and support: feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, - 10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804|
|2016||Michell,D, 2016, Dear Miss Spence: An Open Letter to Catherine Helen Spence (1825–1910), Life Writing, 13, 4, 481-492 10.1080/14484528.2015.1124358|
|2016||Fraser,H, Michell,D, Beddoe,E, Jarldorn,M, 2016, Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors, Higher Education Research and Development, 35, 4, 684-697 10.1080/07294360.2015.1137885|
|2015||Michell,DE, 2015, Foster care, stigma, and the sturdy, unkillable children of the very poor, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 29, 4, 663-676 10.1080/10304312.2015.1025361|
|2015||Jarldorn,M, Beddoe,E, Fraser,H, Michell,D, 2015, Planting a seed: encouraging service users towards educational goals, Social Work Education, 34, 8, 1-15 10.1080/02615479.2015.1098607|
|2015||Fraser,H, Michell,D, 2015, Feminist memory work in action: method and practicalities, Qualitative Social Work, 14, 3, 321-337 10.1177/1473325014539374|
|2014||Mendes,P, Michell,DE, Wilson,JZ, 2014, Young people transitioning from out-of-home care and access to higher education: a critical review of the literature, Children Australia, 39, 4, 243-252 10.1017/cha.2014.25|
|2014||Papadelos,P, Michell,D, Eate,P, 2014, 'Bending and morphing': the department of women's studies at the University of Adelaide continues past its twenty year anniversary, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 31, -|
|2014||Michell,DE, 2014, Cautionary Tales. Review of The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption, History Australia, 11, 2, 271-273|
|2014||Michell,DE, 2014, Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition, Feminist Theology, 22, 2, 203-212 10.1177/0966735013507857|
|2013||Oakley,S, Michell,D, 2013, Partnering students in practical research, ergo, 3, 2, 23-30|
|2012||Brook,H, Michell,D, 2012, Learners, learning, learned: Class, higher education, and autobiographical essays from working-class academics, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34, 6, 587-599 10.1080/1360080X.2012.716021|
|2012||Michell,D, 2012, A suddenly desirable demographic?: care leavers in higher education, Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 2012, 33, 44-58|
|2011||Michell,DE, 2011, An Interrupted Pathway, Australian Universities' Review, 53, 1, 89-93|
|2010||Tonkin,T, Michell,D, 2010, The reverse role play - an innovative way of confronting men, Australian Journal of Social Work, 63, 4, 460-465 10.1080/0312407X.2010.509441|
|2010||Brook,H, Michell,D, 2010, Working-Class Intellectuals: (Oxy) moronic Professors and Educational Equality (A Response to Ken Oldfield, A&S, 41, 1016-1038), Administration & Society, 42, 3, 368-372 10.1177/0095399710371641|
|2008||Michell,DE, 2008, Unbroken Spirit: How a Young Muslim Refused to be Enslaved by Her Culture by Ferzanna Rily, Feminist Theology, 17, 1, 128-131-128-131|
|2006||Michell,D, 2006, God is changeable and therefore not perfect, Women - Church, 38, Autumn, 21-22|
|2015||2015, Bread & roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class, Springer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 10.1007/978-94-6300-127-4|
|2015||Michell,D, Tonkin,C, Jackson,D, 2015, Against the odds: Care leavers at University, Peoples Voice Publishing, Elizabeth, South Australia|
|2014||2014, Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, 1-258|
|2010||2010, Women journeying with spirit, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, SA, 1-228|
|2009||Michell,D, 2009, Christian science: women, healing and the church, University Press of America, Inc, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 1-229|
|2017||Michell,DE, Fraser,H, 2017, Using Feminist Memory Work with working-class women trying to complete social science degrees, Sage|
|2016||Michell,D, Scalzi,C, 2016, I Want to Be Someone, I Want to Make a Difference: Young Care Leavers Preparing for the Future in South Australia, Palgrave macmillan, London, pp. 115-133|
|2015||Michell,DE, Wilson,JZ, Archer,V, 2015, Introduction: A Working-Class World-View, Sense Publishers, Netherlands, pp. vii-xvi|
|2014||Michell,D, Tonkin,C, Eate,P, 2014, Kane & Edgar: playing with age in film, Palgrave MacMillan, Houndmills, Hampshire, UK, pp. 219-232|
|2014||Bletsas,AM, Michell,D, 2014, Classism on campus? Exploring and extending understanding of social class in the contemporary higher education debate, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 77-96|
|2014||Brook,H, Fergie,DJ, Maeorg,M, Michell,D, 2014, Introduction, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 1-9|
|2014||Brook,H, Michell,DE, 2014, Knowing students, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 229-244|
|2014||Michell,D, 2014, Traces of a feminist protest: Kylie Tennant's novel Tell Morning This, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 193-208|
|2012||Michell,D, 2012, Divine horizons: religion and social class in the lives of two leading Australian women, Betty Archdale and Kylie Tennant, Australian Women's Archives Project, Australia, pp. 185-197|
|2011||Michell,DE, 2011, Woman Suffrage in Australia (1908): Vida Goldstein, ABC-CLIO|
|2011||Michell,DE, 2011, The Female Eunuch (1970): Germaine Greer, ABC-CLIO|
|2010||Michell,DE, 2010, Apology excepted: a response to the SA government's apology, Bond University Press, pp. 151-172|
|2015||Falkner,K, Szabo,C, Michell,DE, Szorenyi,A, Thyer,S, 2015, Gender gap in academia: perceptions of female computer science academics, 2015 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Vilnius, Lithuania 10.1145/2729094.2742595|
2015 - 2016 Industry Funding - Google Australia
- Research Team: K. Falker, C. Szabo, A. Szorenyi & D. Michell,
- Project: Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity, Google Australia
2015 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund
- Research Team: Dr Katie Barclay (Humanities), Dr Dee Michell (Social Sciences) & Dr Clemence Due (Psychology)
- Project: Dis/Located Children: Children in/and Care
2013-2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant
- Chief Investigators: Dr Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide
- Project: A Long history of foster care in Australia: hidden stories of growing up in foster care in the nineteenth and twenthieth centuries
2013 Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant
- Chief Investigators: Dr Dee Michell, Universityof Adelaide; Mr Rob Martin, CREATE Foundation
- Project: Care Leavers in Higher Education: Aspirations, Pathways and Outcomes
2013 Flinders University Faculty Research Grant
- Chief Investigators: Dr Heather Fraser, Flinders University; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide, Ms Michele Jarldon, Flinders University; Dr Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland
- Project: What helps and hinders women from low socio-economic backgrounds complete social science degrees?
2012 Fay Gale Research Centre Fellowship
- Project: On The Edge: Kylie Tennant's Representation of Adolescent Girls in State Care
Dee is an enthusiastic teacher. Her aim is to excite students about their studies through well-constructed courses which connect theory and contemporary research, to enable them to befriend each other as well as to have many ‘light bulb’ moments through working together in small groups, and to prepare them to make a tangible and positive difference in the world as employed, engaged and socially just citizens.
- Consumption, Work & the Self
- Public Scandals & Moral Panics
- Social Research: Working skills for social scientists
- Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice
Dee supervises students doing Arts Internships, as well as Honours students and PhD candididates in the Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis. She has supervised a borad range of projects relating to gender and work; the Australian welfare system; the state child protection system; and social class & social stigma.
|2014||Member||Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture|
|2012||Member||Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA)|
|2011||Member||Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)|
|2004||Member||Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)|
|2015 - 2015||Member||Fay Gale Centre Research Program Committee, 2016 Conference|
|2015 - 2015||Member||PASS Reference Group||University of Adelaide|
|2015 - 2015||Member||Learning & Teaching Committee||School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide|
|2014||Member||Rachael Romero's 'Enslaved' Adelaide Exhibition Launch Committee|
|2014 - 2015||Member||Bachelor of Health Sciences Management Committee||University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2011||Member||Reference Group, Social Work Education Project: Curriculum Mapping for Content on Forgotten Australians||Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA)|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Country|
|2016||Board Member||Peter Lang Series: Reflections on Signs and Language|
|2015||Honours Coordinator||Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis|
|2014||Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Social Sciences||University of Adelaide||Australia|