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Dr Deborah Hartman

Lecturer

Family Action Centre (Gender Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Deborah Hartman has been an educator/researcher in the field of family studies, education, gender and cultural identities, social and educational outcomes of children, at the Family Action Centre since 1999. She has a husband and  two sons, a professional background in primary and Indigenous education, an academic interest in language and sociology and an interest in diverse cultures. She combines her personal, professional  and academic interests in  trans-disiciplinary research and teaching in family studies and boys' education. 

Dr Hartman's work has had a significant impact on the field of educating boys. She has widely published, been an invited keynote speaker at many conferences, developed a Master's level specialisation on educating boys and sat on a government advisory committee on the topic. Her PhD thesis, 'Educating boys; What's your problem?' which is a Bourdieusian field analysis of Australian boys' education from 1996 to 2006, was described as a brave, rigorous and forensic contribution to the field. She currently supervises masters and doctoral students exploring aspects of boys' education.

Deborah's current research and teaching  focus is in the discipline of Family Studies. She is the coordinator of the specialisation in International Family Studies in the Master of Family Studies.  This innovative program, which commenced in 2013 has several specialisations of wide interest to practitioners and policy makers.   Deborah teaches and coordinates courses in Families and Cultural Diversity, Strengths and Challenges of Families around the world, Child-centred practice and Family-centred practice.  Her research work in field analysis is contributing to establishing the case for Family Studies as an academic discipline in Australia and towards linking gender and cultural identities, educational outcomes and  family and community programs to enhance positive outcomes for all families and family members. She particularly enjoys on-line teaching, using innovative approaches to developing on-line learning communities which enable students and others to connect with each other across gender, cultural, time and technological divides and harnessing their personal, professional and academic experience and strengths to enhance learning.

Research Expertise
Dr Deborah Hartman has has undertaken numerous practice-based action research projects in collaboration with teachers in the field of boys' education. Her doctoral study on the field of Australian boys' education from 1996 to 2006 entitled 'Educating boys: What's your problem' has been described by leading international academics in the field as 'unflinchingly rigorous' and a 'brave and forensic contribution to the field.' She employed Bourdieusian field analysis methods, combined with Critical Discourse Analysis and Argument Catalogue methods in this thesis. She has been an invited keynote speaker at many conferences in the field and was invited to sit on a government advisory committee on the topic. She was chief investigator for a federal government funded research project on boys' and families literacy strengths and she has written, edited and published a number of well respected books, book chapters, articles and practitioner journals in the field. Her areas of research in this field include the role of gender in education and male identities; teacher/student relationships; models of good practice and curriculum frameworks for educating boys. She supervises doctoral students interested in exploring aspects of these areas, including the relationship between art pedagogy and identity work for teachers and boys. Currently, Deborah combines her research interests in family studies with gender in education, through Bourdieusian field analysis and critical discourse analysis as well as practitioner action research in both education and family work. Her current research and teaching focus is Families and Cultural Diversity and Child-centred Practice. She is particularly interested in the impacts of globalisation on families,  effects of migration on family forms, family functioning and relationships within the family.

Teaching Expertise
In 2001 and 2002, Deborah developed a Graduate Certificate and a specialisation within the Master of Educational Studies with a focus on Educating Boys. Expert practitioners in the field outside the university were brought in to consult on the project. From 2001 to 2006 Ms Hartman lectured in several of the courses and was course and specialisation coordinator in the program. She supervises students doing masters by research and advises several others who are enrolled in the masters by coursework and intend to continue with a research higher degree. In 2013, Deborah took up the role of Program Convenor for the new Master of Family Studies and Graduate Certificate Family Studies. These trans-disciplinary programs are unique to Australia, combining the study of practice models of Family Work with the study of theoretical and policy approaches to families across the life course. The programs were developed by the Family Action Centre and the Global Consortium for International Family Studies. Deborah is currently coordinator of the specialisation in International Family Studies.  Deborah has considerable expertise in on-line teaching, using innovative approaches to developing on-line learning communities which enabling students and others to connect with each other across gender, cultural, time and technological divides and harnessing their personal, professional and academic experience and strengths to enhance learning.

Administrative Expertise
Since 2001, Deborah has had a management role in educational and publishing programs about men and boys. In 2006 and 2007, she  was Research Development and Dissemination Manager at the Family Action Centre where she oversaw research grants, government research consultancies, research partnerships with large community organisations and government departments and agencies as well as the publishing arm of the Family Action Centre. She supervised the research functions of three team leaders, four researchers/research assistants, three publication/dissemination officers and eighteen research projects. For many years, she has been the leader of the Family Action Centre's teaching programs which include Educating Boys, Community Engagement and Volunteering and Family Studies. She is currently Assistant Director of the Family Action Centre. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Family Action Centre. She is currently an elected Board member of Family Relationship Services Australia, the peak national body for organisations offering Relationship Services. She is Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Conference Committee of that Board.

Collaborations
Deborah is a member of the Global Consortium for International Family Studies and is Chair of the Family Relationship Services Australia Research Committee. Her research collaborations are in field and discourse analysis methods contributing to trans-disciplinary understandings of social fields. She is also concerned with evidence and theoretically informed practice, including in the areas of Gender and Education and International Family Studies. She is currently involved in an international research collaborations around the use of Bourdieusian field analysis methods in a range of academic disciplinary contexts.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Darwin Community College
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Master of Education, Deakin University

Keywords

  • Families and Cultural Diversity
  • Family Studies
  • Impacts of globalisation upon families
  • educating boys

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111707 Family Care 10
160301 Family and Household Studies 50
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Manager University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
Manager University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  Program Convenor, Master of Family Studies University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/12/2004 Member Department of Education, Science and Training Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Programme Advisory Committee
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2004 Manager, Boys in Schools Program University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Co-Manager, Men and Boys Program University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2000 - 1/12/2000 Assistant Manager, Men and Boys Program University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/07/1999 - 1/12/1999 Project Officer, Men and Boys Program University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/06/1999 Co-ordinator, Homestart Program University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/1986 - 1/12/1989 Regional Co-ordinator and Lecturer Batchelor College, Northern Territory
Remote Area Teacher Education Program, Barkly Region
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2002 - 31/12/2007 Convenor of Editorial Committee The Boys in Schools Bulletin
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1991 - 1/12/1998 Co-ordinator, Intelyape-lyape Curriculum Development Project IAD and Yipirinya School, Alice Springs, N.T.
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2006 Inaugural Australian Rock and Water Conference
Organisation: Family Action Centre Description: Inaugural Australian Rock and Water Conference, Newcastle, October 2006, convened by Family Action Centre
2005 3rd Working with Boys, Building Fine Men Conference
Organisation: Family Action Centre Description: 3rd Working with Boys, Building Fine Men Conference, Melbourne, April 2005. Convened by Family Action Centre.
2004 Australasian Secondary Principals Conference, Melbourne, May, 2004
Organisation: Australasian Secondary Principals Conference
2004 New Zealand Boys' Education Conference, Auckland, July, 2004
Organisation: New Zealand Boys' Education Conference
2002 Gender in Education...At the Crossroads? Aug 2002
Organisation: Joint Conference of Australian College of Education (NT), Australian Council of Educational Leaders (NT) and Northern Territory Institute for Educational Research
2002 Valuing Boys, Valuing Girls: Celebrating Difference and Enhancing Potential Conference
Organisation: Centre For Excellence in Teaching, Freemantle, W.A.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Hartman DK, Educating Boys: The Good News: Insights from a Selection of Papers Presented at the 4th Biennial Working With Boys, Building Fine Men Conference, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 298 (2006) [A3]
1999 Hartman DK, I Can Hardly Wait Till Monday: Women Teachers Talk About What Works for Them and for Boys, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 125 (1999) [A2]
1994 Hartman D, Aboriginal Languages in Education, IAD Press, Alice Springs, Australia, 0 (1994) [A3]

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Tracey P, Hartman DK, 'Year 7 boys on the highway to success', Educating Boys: The Good News: Insights from a Selection of Papers Presented at the 4th Biennial Working with Boys, Building Fine Men Conference, Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 118-125 (2006) [B2]

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Hartman DK, 'Crossing divides: An argument catalogue of submissions to the 2000 Australian Government inquiry into the education of boys', Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 5 81-98 (2011) [C1]
2011 Hartman DK, 'Gender policy in Australian schools: A missed opportunity?', Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 5 3-19 (2011) [C1]
2008 Hartman DK, 'Leading the way', EQ Australia, 20-22 (2008) [C3]
2008 Hartman DK, 'Towards new approaches to reviewing literature in gender education', The International Journal of Learning, 15 109-118 (2008) [C1]
2006 Hartman DK, 'And now for the good news : educating boys is no longer a problem', Boys in Schools Bulletin, 9 34-42 (2006) [C2]
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Hartman DK, 'Common, distinct and differing perspectives on the education of boys: An analysis of contributions to the 2000 Federal Government Inquiry into the Education of Boys', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Clay VR, Hartman DK, 'Boys & Families: Literacy Strengths Resources', Boys in Schools Program, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, 54 (2004) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 15
Total funding $708,759

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20152 grants / $200,908

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts, Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms Kate Akhurst-Dennis, Doctor Chris May, Ms Karen Menzies, Doctor Jennifer St George, Ms Lynette Stoker, Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts, Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms Kate Akhurst-Dennis, Doctor Chris May, Ms Karen Menzies, Doctor Jennifer St George, Ms Lynette Stoker, Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20141 grants / $1,048

Families in a rapidly changing world, Melbourne Australia, 30 July-1 Aug 2014.$1,048

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400743
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $1,500

3rd International Symposium on Urban Society: Urban Child, youth and Family studies, China 23-29 May 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300753
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,195

Annual Australian Association of Research Education Conference, Hobart, 27/11/2011 - 1/12/2011$1,195

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100915
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $15,500

Gosford High School, Building on our Strengths, Motivation and Engagement in Year 9 and 10$15,500

Funding body: Gosford High School

Funding body Gosford High School
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Doctor Victoria Clay, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Ms Margaret Martin
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000931
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20083 grants / $33,025

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$24,725

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188328
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$6,600

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188219
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

The 15th International Conference on Learning, University of Illinois, Chicago, 3/6/2008 - 6/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188926
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20073 grants / $219,923

Investigation of aspects of project operations in Taree Communities for Children project$77,924

Funding body: Mission Australia

Funding body Mission Australia
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187360
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Investigation of a project partnerships in Mt Druitt community for childrens programs$73,000

Funding body: Mission Australia

Funding body Mission Australia
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188148
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Investigation of project partnerships in Miller communities for children programs$68,999

Funding body: Mission Australia

Funding body Mission Australia
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188145
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20061 grants / $90,000

School based Action Research Projects$90,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training and Victorian Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training and Victorian Department of Education and Training
Project Team
Scheme school or cluster based research projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20051 grants / $105,660

School based Action Research Projects$105,660

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training and Victorian Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training and Victorian Department of Education and Training
Project Team
Scheme school or cluster based research projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20031 grants / $40,000

Developing boys' literacy through community literacy$40,000

Funding body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Funding body Department of Education, Science and Training
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Doctor Julie McLeod
Scheme Innovative Projects Initiative
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182524
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Art can be a Reflective means for Disengaged Boys and Boys with Health Issues
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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News

International Conference in India

International Conference in India

January 13, 2015

Penny Crofts and Deb Hartman of the Family Action Centre (FAC) have been invited to be speakers at International Conference - Changing World - Changing Families: Diversity and Synergy in Mumbai, January 2015.

Dr Deborah Hartman

Position

Lecturer
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Gender Studies

Contact Details

Email deborah.hartman@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6749
Fax (02) 4921 8686

Office

Room ST1-3
Building The Station ST1
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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