Paul Sendziuk

Dr Paul Sendziuk

Associate Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Paul Sendziuk is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Monash University. He specialises in twentieth-century Australian History and comparative History, with particular interests in post-war immigration, public health and the history of disease. Paul's doctoral thesis, 'Learning to Trust: A History of Australian Responses to AIDS', was awarded the 2002 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal. A revised version of this text, published by UNSW Press and University of Washington Press, was short-listed for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 2004 Human Rights Award (non-fiction section).

Paul is currently engaged in two large-scale research projects. The first, titled 'Volunteers in Crisis: Analysing Responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia', is a collaboration between Paul and A/Prof. Shirleene Robinson and A/Prof. Robert Reynolds. The project uses empirical research and oral histories to investigate the motivations of volunteers in AIDS service organisations, and the nature and significance of their contributions. The team received an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (DP160103552) to conduct the project in 2016-18.

The second project, titled 'People, Places and Promises: Social Histories of Holden in Australia', is a history of Holden's workers and workplace culture, and the places were Holden's factories were situated. It is a collaboration between the research team (CIs Sendziuk, Jennifer Clark, Alistair Thomson, and Graeme Davison) and Holden, the National Library of Australia and the National Motor Museum. The team received an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (LP170100860) to conduct the project in 2018-21.

Paul recently wrote 'A History of South Australia', co-authored with Robert Foster and published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. It was awarded the Keain Medal by the Historical Society of South Australia for the best book on a South Australian history topic published in 2018. He also finished two research projects. The first, titled 'The Art of AIDS Prevention: Cultural Responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia, South Africa and the United States', explored the nexus between art and health promotion and the way in which artists can save lives. (The findings will be published in a book under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.) The second project, titled 'A Forgotten Odyssey: A Study of Polish-Australian Displacement, Identity and Memory through Life Stories and Material Culture', investigated the poorly understood experience of Polish displaced persons who migrated to Australia after World War Two. One of the outcomes of this project is a collection of oral histories held at the National Library of Australia.

At undergraduate level, Paul teaches 'Australia and the World', 'Colonial Australia' and 'Migrants, Refugees and the Making of Modern Australia'. At Honours level, he teaches 'Themes and Debates in South Australian History' and the 'Common Course' (a course in historical method and theory). He also supervises a number of Honours and postgraduate students.

In recognition of his teaching, Paul was awarded the Executive Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, and the University's highest teaching honour, the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009. More recently he was the recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. For his work as a supervisor, in 2017 he won the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Prize, a Beacon Commendation for Implementing Effective HDR Supervision Practices, and his second Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice.

Paul has held a variety of leadership positions, including Head of the Department of History. Between 2014-2018 Paul was a member of the Australian Historical Association's Executive Committee and served two two-year terms as the AHA's Treasurer. He is currently the Vice-President of the Australasian Board of the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, and is a Council Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the journals 'Health and History' and 'New Zealand Journal of History'.

Paul co-hosts a regular Australian History program on ABC radio in Adelaide. Recent programs have included 'The Referendum to Ban the Communist Party' and 'Who Were the Convicts?'.

Recent articles by Paul Sendziuk have appeared in 'Australian Historical Studies', 'History Australia', 'Journal of Australian Colonial History', 'Australian Studies', 'Health and History', 'Journal of Australian Studies', and the 'International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education'.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2011 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2007 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow Monash University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Keain Medal awarded by the Historical Society of South Australia Historical Society of South Australia Australia
    2017 Teaching Award Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Prize Faculty of Arts, The University of Adelaide Australia $1000
    2017 Teaching Award Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning The University of Adelaide Australia $2000
    2017 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice The University of Adelaide Australia $8000
    2012 Research Award Visiting Researcher at Brocher Foundation Brocher Foundation Switzerland $20,000
    2011 Teaching Award Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Australian Learning & Teaching Council $10,000
    2009 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide $10,000
    2007 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award The University of Adelaide $3,000
    2004 Award Short-listed, 2004 Human Rights Award (non-fiction section) Australian Human Rights Commission Australia
    2002 Award Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal, Monash University Monash University Australia
    2001 Scholarship Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to Russia, 2001-02
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2009 The University of Adelaide Australia Grad. Cert. Ed. (Higher Education)
    2002 Monash University Australia PhD
    1992 - 1995 The University of Western Australia Australia BA (Hons)

Large, nationally-competitive grants

  • Australian Research Council, Linkage Grant, ‘People, Places and Promises: Social Histories of Holden in Australia’, 2018-20, $354,866
  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant, ‘Volunteers in Crisis: Analysing Responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia’, 2016-18, $214,131
  • Australian Research Council, Linkage Grant, ‘The Art of AIDS Prevention: Cultural Responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia and the United States’, 2007-09, $122,045

Smaller competitive grants

  • History SA, South Australian History Fund Research Grant, ‘A Forgotten Odyssey: A Study of Polish-Australian Displacement, Identity and Memory through Life Stories and Material Culture’, 2013, $3,300
  • Ian Potter Foundation Conference Hosting Grant, 2010, $5000
  • Conference Hosting Grant, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, 2010, $5,000
  • Faculty Small Grant, ‘Stalin’s Poles: Oral Histories of Displacement from Poland to Australia’, The University of Adelaide, 2009, $8,000
  • Faculty Small Grant, ‘Recording the History of Cultural Responses to AIDS in South Africa: An Oral and Electronic Database’, The University of Adelaide, 2006, $6,500
  • Faculty Strategic Initiatives Grant, The University of Adelaide, 2006, $1,000
  • Conference Travel Grants, The University of Adelaide, 2005 ($1,000) and $2000 (2007)
  • Small Grant, ‘Recording the History of Cultural Responses to AIDS in Australia and the United States: An Oral and Electronic Database’, Monash University, 2003-04, $8,000

Funded fellowships

  • Scholar in Residence, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, September and October 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, La Trobe University, 2005-07 (offer declined)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, 2003-05

At undergraduate level, Paul teaches 'Australia and the World in the Twentieth Century', 'Colonial Australia' and 'Migrants, Refugees and the Making of Modern Australia'. At Honours level, he teaches 'Themes and Debates in South Australian History' and the 'Common Course' (a course in historical method and theory). He also supervises Honours and postgraduate students. Paul's excellence in the area of teaching and supervision has been recognised with the following university and national awards:

  • Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice, 2017. This is the University's highest honour for supervisors and awarded to only one person per year.
  • Faculty of Arts Excellence in HDR Supervision Award, The University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning, The University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2011
  • Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching – the University of Adelaide’s highest teaching and learning honour, 2009
  • Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Adelaide, 2007

Paul was invited to participate in the 'History Passion Project' and videos of him speaking about his approach to teaching History can be viewed here and here.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Australian Protestant Church Responses to the Threat and Reality of War, 1931 - 1945 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Alexander Charles Parsons
    2019 Principal Supervisor Documenting Suicides by Australian First and Second World War Veterans Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessie Kate Lewcock
    2019 Principal Supervisor Intimacy, Power, and Separation: The Impact of Military Service on Marital Relationships in World War II Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Gwen Carson
    2019 Co-Supervisor The pre-WWI revival of trade unionism in NSW Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Peter Crawford
    2019 Principal Supervisor The History of Space Exploration in South Australia 1945 - 1970 Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Nathan George Hogg
    2016 Co-Supervisor Ideas of Britishness and South Australian Identity During the Interwar Years Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Carmel Rosalie Pascale
    2016 Principal Supervisor In A State of War: Women's Experiences of The South Australian Home Front, 1939 -1945 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rachel Diane Harris
    2015 Principal Supervisor The Solidarity Wave: Settlement Experiences of Polish Migrants in Australian in the 1980s Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jessica Jocher
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Banking on Hearts and Minds: American Banks, Popular Confidence, and the Public Sphere During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Thomas Ashley Mackay
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor 'Those Women With Banners': A history of the Save Our Sons movement, 1965-1973. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Carolyn Maree Collins
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor 'Plenty of Opal Back Then: Opal Pulkah': A History of Aboriginal Engagement in the Northern South Australian Opal Industry c.1940-1980 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Mike Harding
    2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Formidable Rivals: Canada, Australia, and the Pursuit of British Agricultural Migrants, 1896 - 1914 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jill Allison MacKenzie
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor 'Yet we are told that Australians do not sympathise with Ireland.' A study of South Australian support for Irish Home Rule, 1883 - 1912 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Dr Fidelma Breen
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Death of a Spectacle: The Transition from Public to Private Executions in Colonial Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Steven Glenn Anderson
    2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor "We Are Entitled To Some Control": The Australian Army Medical Corps in the First World War Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Alexia Moncrieff
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Abortion, Homosexuality and the Slippery Slope: Legislating 'Moral' Behaviour in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Clare Parker
    2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Orphans of Vietnam: A History of Intercountry Adoption Policy and Practice in Australia 1968-1975 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Joshua Forkert
    2006 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Gospel Power for Civilization: The CMS Missionary Perspective on Maori Culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Sarah Dingle
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Board Member New Zealand Journal of History The University of Auckland New Zealand
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Health and History
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Vice-President, Australasian Board International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History Australia
    2013 - ongoing Treasurer, Australian Historical Association Australian Historical Association
    2009 - ongoing Council member, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83137562
  • Email: paul.sendziuk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 5
  • Room: 5 12
  • Org Unit: History

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