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.
- 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
|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||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|
|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)|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2016||Michell, D. (2016). Dear Miss Spence: An Open Letter to Catherine Helen Spence (1825–1910). Life Writing, 13, 4, 481-492.
|2015||Fraser, H. & Michell, D. (2015). Feminist memory work in action: method and practicalities. Qualitative Social Work, 14, 3, 321-337.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2014||Michell, D. (2014). Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition. Feminist Theology, 22, 2, 203-212.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
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
- 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.
|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)|
|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)|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Country|
|2016 - ongoing||Board Member||Peter Lang Series: Reflections on Signs and Language|
|2015 - ongoing||Honours Coordinator||Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis|
|2014 - ongoing||Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Social Sciences||University of Adelaide||Australia|