Category Archives: Being an academic

Creating a collection of literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

For the last six months or so, I’ve been working (slowly) with a small team (mainly Anne Wallace-DiGarbo Katherine Smith, Judy Like and me) to create a collection of research and literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). It … Continue reading

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Half a million views

I woke this morning to a nice blogging milestone—half a million views! Since starting the blog in early 2011 there has been a slow but steady climb in views. I know there are limitations to the number of views as … Continue reading

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Transparency report (May-August 2017)

At the start of the year, I decided to provide transparency reports for my blog. While I don’t make any money from the blog, I like the idea of sharing information that might be of interest to other bloggers. Total … Continue reading

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An open letter to students about the postal survey on same-sex marriage

Here is a copy of an open letter I sent to my students studying a course on community engagement. Even though I have concerns about the postal vote, as we are having it, I hope there is a very high … Continue reading

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Updated information for new lecturers.

This morning I spoke to some new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about how I try to maintain a balance between supporting students and not letting teaching take up all my time as an academic. In preparation, I updated … Continue reading

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Smoking and community engagement

All campuses of the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia, are now smoke free. I love working in a smoke free environment and don’t miss the days when smoking was much more common. When I was much younger, I had to … Continue reading

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Strengths-based measurement

As practitioners and researchers we need to think carefully about the types of measures we use with the people we support. The measures we use can cause pain and distress for participants, undermine trust and engagement, and produce unreliable data. … Continue reading

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Transparency report (January-April 2017)

At the start of the year, I decided to start preparing transparency reports. While I don’t make any money from the blog, I like the idea of sharing information about the blog that might be of interest to other bloggers. … Continue reading

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Searching for my authoritative voice

Sometimes I fear I’m going to be discovered as a fraud. Who am I to be writing a blog on community engagement? On what basis do I support other organisations to improve their work? Am I really preparing students for … Continue reading

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Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

[Updated 18 July 2017] I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about the role of a course coordinator and thought I’d share some thoughts here. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer … Continue reading

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