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University of Newcastle improving student experience???

A number of decisions and actions by the University of Newcastle (UON) leadership over the 12 months or so, have left me disillusioned and angry. I’m sick of their rhetoric that they are making changes to improve the experience of students, I cannot support some of their decisions, and I am angry when they have shown little empathy and compassion. Continue reading

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Updating “About Me”

  I am a passionate about helping create a just, inclusive, and nonviolent world where individuals and families are cherished and supported, and communities are vibrant and resilient. In the society I want to help create, we will live sustainably … Continue reading

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A reading list on family and community engagement

Here is a reading list for an online elective I offer to students at the University of Newcastle about family and community engagement. Continue reading

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My current projects (April 2019)

I’m employed as a lecturer at the Family Action Centre (FAC), University of Newcastle (Australia) which is a great place for somebody with my interests as the FAC incorporates teaching, research, and the delivery of family and community programs. There is always something interesting going on. Here are some of the projects I’m currently involved in. Continue reading

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Current projects (March 2018)

This year is shaping up to be an interesting year. The following are some of the major projects I’m involved in. Best practice and trends in family counselling and mediation services in NSW:  A collaborative case study of Uniting I’m … Continue reading

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Hints for new course coordinators at Uni

It’s my first day back at Uni today and I’m speaking to some new course coordinators. There some notes about what I cover at https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/course-coordination/ It’s fairly specific to the University of Newcastle, but it might be helpful to others as … 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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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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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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