Dr Dee Michell

Deidre Michell
Senior Lecturer
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

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).

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Dr Dee Michell

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.

 

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
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

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2008 Flinders University Australia PhD
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)

Keywords

Applied Sociology, Gender Studies, Social Theory

Journals

Date Citation
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, 1-16 10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804
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
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
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 Fraser,H, Michell,D, 2015, Feminist memory work in action: method and practicalities, Qualitative Social Work, 14, 3, 321-337 10.1177/1473325014539374
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
2014 Michell,DE, 2014, Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition, Feminist Theology, 22, 2, 203-212 10.1177/0966735013507857
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
2013 Oakley,S, Michell,D, 2013, Partnering students in practical research, ergo, 3, 2, 23-30
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
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
2011 Michell,DE, 2011, An Interrupted Pathway, Australian Universities' Review, 53, 1, 89-93
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
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
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

Books

Date Citation
2015 2015, Bread & roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class, Springer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 10.1007/978-94-6300-127-4
2015 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

Book Chapters

Date Citation
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 Brook,H, Michell,DE, 2014, Knowing students, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 229-244
2014 Michell,D, Tonkin,C, Eate,P, 2014, Kane & Edgar: playing with age in film, Palgrave MacMillan, Houndmills, Hampshire, UK, pp. 219-232
2014 Brook,H, Fergie,DJ, Maeorg,M, Michell,D, 2014, Introduction, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 1-9
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 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

Conference Papers

Date Citation
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.

Current Courses

  • 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.

 

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
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)

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
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)

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 Board Member Peter Lang Series: Reflections on Signs and Language

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2015 Honours Coordinator Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis
2014 Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Social Sciences University of Adelaide Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83133675
Fax
8313 8375
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
1 39
Org Unit
Gender Studies and Social Analysis

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