Dr Dee Michell

Deidre Michell
Senior Lecturer
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

Dee Michell is a feminist theologian and social researcher whose research interests pivot around the themes of lived experience, marginalisation and transformation.

Dee was made a Ward of the South Australian State in 1960 and remained in foster care for 15 years. She worked as an administrator for a multi-national corporation before going to university in her 40s, when she combined study with primary care for her three children.

Dee's experience as a Ward of the State has fuelled her passion 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 lived experience and the broader socio-cultural environment. She 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.

Dee has also completed data collection from a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia.

Dee contintues to have a broad interest in gender, religion and spirituality, and a particular interest in the women dominated 19th century American traditions of Spiritualism, Theosophy, Christian Science and New Thought.

Dee is currently collaborating with University of Adelaide colleagues. One project involves investigating ways to increase the representation of women in Computer Science of a recent paper on the topic) . 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 is a feminist theologian and social researcher whose research interests pivot around the themes of lived experience, marginalisation and transformation.

Dee was made a Ward of the South Australian State in 1960 and remained in foster care for 15 years. She worked as an administrator for a multi-national corporation before going to university in her 40s, when she combined study with primary care for her three children.

Dee's experience as a Ward of the State has fuelled her passion 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 lived experience and the broader socio-cultural environment. She 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.

Dee has also completed data collection from a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia.

Dee contintues to have a broad interest in gender, religion and spirituality, and a particular interest in the women dominated 19th century American traditions of Spiritualism, Theosophy, Christian Science and New Thought.

Dee is currently collaborating with University of Adelaide colleagues. One project involves investigating ways to increase the representation of women in Computer Science of a recent paper on the topic) . 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 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:

  • Annual Sophia Feminist Theologies Day, Saturday, 12th August 2017. Paper title: "How to Ruin Your Reputation: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & The Woman's Bible"
  • Mary Lee Exchange Theme: Home, Saturday 15th July 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, in Conversation with 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Hisham Matar, 29th May 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, On Family, Caroline Baum & Catherine De Saint Phalle, Tuesday 7th March 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, War Correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, Wednesday 8th March 2017
  • SA Dept of Child Protection Residential Care Service Recognition Event, Adelaide Oval, Monday 20th February 2017
  • Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants 7th National Apology Anniversary, 16th November 2016
  • Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.
  • 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.

Radio Appearances

  • Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 12.00pm on 16th August 2016, referencing a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendation that Catholic priests become mandated reporters
  • Jeremey Cordieux program, FIVEaa, 12.30pm on 20th July 2016, referencing the story about Cheltenham Girls School in Sydney requiring staff to cease saying ‘girls, ladies, women’
  • June 2015 a number of radio interviews about foster care in Australia, including with 891ABC, Port Pirie ABC, Searchlight (Radio Adelaide) and National Radio News (Charles Sturt University Ballarat) 
  • Housing Matters Radio February 2014

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 Scholarship Travel Grant Award Flinders University
2003 Scholarship Overseas Field Trip Award Flinders University
2002 - 2006 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award
2000 Recognition Chancellor's Letter of Commendation Flinders University
2000 Award Golden Key Award

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)

Research Interests

Applied Sociology, Gender Studies, Social Theory

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Michell, D., Szorenyi, A., Falkner, K. & Szabo, C. (2017). Broadening participation not border protection: how universities can support women in computer science. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39, 4, 406-422.
10.1080/1360080X.2017.1330821
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., 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, 30, 2, 1-16.
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
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 Michell, D. (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
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 Mendes, P., Michell, D. & Wilson, J. (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 Michell, D. (2014). Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition. Feminist Theology, 22, 2, 203-212.
10.1177/0966735013507857
2014 Michell, D. E. (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 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, D. E. (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, D. E. (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

Year Citation
2015 D. Michell, D. Jackson & C. Tonkin (Eds.) (2015). Against the odds: Care leavers at University. Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
2015 D. Michell, J. Z. Wilson & V. Archer (Eds.) (2015). Bread & roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Springer.
10.1007/978-94-6300-127-4
2014 H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg & D. Michell (Eds.) (2014). Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
2010 D. Michell & J. Noble (Eds.) (2010). Women journeying with spirit. Port Adelaide, SA: Ginninderra Press.
2009 Michell, D. (2009). Christian science: women, healing and the church. Lanham, Maryland, USA: University Press of America, Inc.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Michell, D. E. & Fraser, H. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with working-class women trying to complete social science degrees. In 0 (Ed.), Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2 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. In P. Mendes & P. Snow (Eds.), Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care (pp. 115-133). London: Palgrave macmillan.
2015 Michell, D. E., Wilson, J. Z. & Archer, V. (2015). Introduction: A Working-Class World-View. In D. E. Michell, J. Z. Wilson & V. Archer (Eds.), Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class (pp. vii-xvi). Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
2014 Michell, D., Tonkin, C. & Eate, P. (2014). Kane & Edgar: playing with age in film. In I. Whelehan & J. Gwynne (Eds.), Ageing, popular culture and contemporary feminism: Harleys and hormones (pp. 219-232). Houndmills, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
2014 Brook, H., Fergie, D., Maeorg, M. & Michell, D. (2014). Introduction. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (pp. 1-9). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
10.1007/978-3-319-45150-3_1
2014 Michell, D. (2014). Traces of a feminist protest: Kylie Tennant's novel Tell Morning This. In P. Ashton & J. Wilson (Eds.), Silent system: forgotten Australians and the institutionalisation of women and children (pp. 193-208). Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
2014 Bletsas, A. M. & Michell, D. (2014). Classism on campus? Exploring and extending understanding of social class in the contemporary higher education debate. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (pp. 77-96). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
2014 Brook, H. & Michell, D. E. (2014). Knowing students. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (pp. 229-244). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
2012 Michell, D. (2012). Divine horizons: religion and social class in the lives of two leading Australian women, Betty Archdale and Kylie Tennant. In R. Francis, P. Grimshaw & A. Standish (Eds.), Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities (pp. 185-197). Australia: Australian Women's Archives Project.
2011 Michell, D. E. (2011). The Female Eunuch (1970): Germaine Greer. In T. K. Wayne (Ed.), Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World A Global Sourcebook and History ABC-CLIO.
2011 Michell, D. E. (2011). Woman Suffrage in Australia (1908): Vida Goldstein. In T. K. Wayne (Ed.), Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World A Global Sourcebook and History ABC-CLIO.
2010 Michell, D. E. (2010). Apology excepted: a response to the SA government's apology. In R. E. Hil & Branigan (Ed.), Surviving care: achieving justice and healing for the forgotten australians (pp. 151-172). Bond University Press.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Falkner, K., Szabo, C., Michell, D. E., 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
  • Sociological Solutions

 

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 - ongoing Member Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture
2012 - ongoing Member Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA)
2011 - ongoing Member Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
2004 - ongoing 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 - ongoing 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 - ongoing Board Member Peter Lang Series: Reflections on Signs and Language

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Honours Coordinator Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis
2014 - ongoing 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
Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies

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