- Dr Michelle Newcomb
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
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- Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
Over her 10 years as an academic Dr Newcomb has pursued research in using critical theory to inform social work education and practice, as well as striving to understand student disadvantage and its impact on learning and teaching. This experience is enhanced by practical knowledge, gathered throughout a 15 year experience of domestic and international practice in human service organisations.
Dr Newcomb began her career as a youth homelessness worker in London back in 2000, where she was a founding member of a complex needs project developed for young homeless people. Over time, she became the project coordinator for the Greater London Domestic Violence project between 2003 and 2005. After moving to Australia in 2006 with Mission Australia, where she become the Roma House Service manager she went on to become a domestic violence counsellor with DV Connect in 2008. Her considerable practical work experience propelled Dr Newcomb to significant roles culminating as Community Development Officer and Homelessness and Social Housing Coordinator with the Brisbane City Council from 2011 to 2014. Following this strong practical career, Dr Newcomb entered academia as a field visitor, tutor and lecturer sparking an interest in social work education.
Lecturer, course convenor, tutor, guest lecturer and liaison visitor for Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University (GU) and Australian Catholic University (ACU). These roles have also included:
- Convening undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses, including a capstone course.
- The development of unit, lecture, tutorial and workshop material.
- Creating new student assessments.
- Marking and assessment of a range of student activities.
2020 – QUT
Understanding Families and Relationships – SWB110
People, Community and Disability – SWB306
Child, Youth and Family Practice (Masters) – SWN024
2019 – Griffith University
Critical Reflective Practice (Logan, Gold Coast and Online campuses) – 4002 HSV
Social Work II – Critical Social Work (Logan, Gold Coast and Online campuses) – 3038 HSV
Independent students (Masters)
Social Work Dissertation
2017 – QUT
Child Protection and Family Practice – SWB304
2010-2018 – QUT
Communication and Engagement in Professional Contexts (Masters)
Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities
Casework and Case Management
Practice Research Project (Masters)
Australian Society, Systems and Policies
Working in Human Service Organisations
Understanding Families and Relationships
Research Practices for Professional Practice
Professional Practice Processes and Assessment
Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
Introduction to Youth Services
Health Society and Culture
2017 – ACU
Justice and Change in a Global World
Current Research Projects
Dr Newcomb is involved in numerous research projects. These include projects related to understanding identities in disadvantaged social work students and the use of critical theory to understand discourses of self-care in social work settings. Dr Newcomb’s varied portfolio also leads her to be involved in research projects on the role of simulation in social work education and practitioners’ conceptualizations of self care. She is also the founder of the inter-institutional feminist writing group between Griffith, QUT and ACU founded in March 2019.
Peer Review Invitations
Dr Newcomb has been a peer reviewer on several journals, including the Journal of Public Spaces, Journal of Social Pedagogy, Practice, the Australian Social Work journal, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work and the Journal of Social Inclusion.
Teaching Awards, Affiliations and Training Programs
2016: Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence
2016: Awarded Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
2015: Completion of the QUT Teaching Advantage and Sessional Career Academic
2014-2015: Completion of QUT sessional academic workshops AD1-AD4.
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.