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Biography

I am an Aboriginal woman, belonging to the Bundjalung and Worimi peoples of coastal New South Wales. I have been an active member of Aboriginal organisations, holding executive positions on the Regional Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), Local Aboriginal Land Council and  Aboriginal Corporation. I am the current President of Itji Maru AECG and delegate to the Hunter Regional AECG.

I was employed as the Aboriginal Development Officer for and Aboriginal Corporation, which provided Home and Community Care (HACC) Services for frail, aged and disabled Indigenous peoples. My employment in education/youth related area’s has included Youth Worker and Relieving Co-ordinator for Northern Lakes Youth Service, Regional Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer for the then Department of School Education and Aboriginal Resource Person.

I have received two awards for my community engagement:

• National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) NSW Aboriginal Youth of the Year.

• NSW Department of School Education, Metropolitan North Region. Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement- Aboriginal Community.

 

I have a particualr focus on Indigenisation in Teaching and Learning

• I received a UoN Teaching and Learning Fellowship in 2009 and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence-Indigenous Education in 2008.

• Team member & Indigenous Cultural Competency Co-ordinator 2010, Indigenous Cultural Competency Model Project, Universities Australia grant, $90,000

•Team Leader, Teaching and Learning Strategic Project Grant 2010, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Priorities for Indigenised Curricula at the University of Newcastle, $4700

• Team Member, Teaching and Learning Strategic Project Grant, Beginning the conversation: cultural competence, $20,000

• Team Leader, Wollotuka- Faculty Strategic Development Grant 2010, FEDUA Indigenisation train-the trainer program $10,000

• Team Member, Teaching and Learning Project Grant 2011, Establishing effective strategies and resources to facilitate teaching in the tertiary sector about minorities, $10,000

• Team Member, Teaching and Learning Project Grant 2011, Wiki Ways: Online Cultural Competency, $10,000

• Team Leader, Teaching and Learning Project Grant, 2012, Peer review of Teaching in Indigenisation of Curriculum, $10,000

• Team member, Teaching and Learning Project Grant, 2012, Teaching Diversity, $10,00

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 10/03/2009
  • Master of Social Science, University of Newcastle, 18/04/1996
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle, 08/05/1993

Research

Research keywords

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • sociology

Research expertise

  • Sociology

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160800Sociology50
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified50

Collaboration

During my career I have participated in and managed numerous grants in Teaching and Learning and Research with a total budget in excess of $350,000. In all of these grants, project management, consultation and the ability to meet tight frames have been issues, which I have successfully negotiated. Within these areas I have managed research assistants and other team members involvement as well as budget allocations and acquittals. All of these grants have had a consultative aspect.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology,
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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Butler K, '(Re)presenting indigeneity: The possibilities of Australian sociology', Journal of Sociology, 42 369-381 (2006) [C1]

The Journal of Sociology is Australia's premier sociological publication. Having an artcile in their Special Issue on Indigenous Issues was part of an important transformation in the discipline to be more inclusionary of Indigenous perspectives.

2004Butler K, Butler J, 'Aboriginal Grandmothers and the Living Memorial of Oral History', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 9 174 (2004) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

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2013Hansen C, Butler K, Exploring Urban Identities and Histories, AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra, 185 (2013) [A3]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Butler K, Hansen C, 'Introduction', Exploring Urban Identities and Histories, AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra 1-8 (2013) [B2]
2011Butler K, 'Rabbit Proof Fence', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London 22-25 (2011) [B2]

Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Walter M, Butler K, 'Teaching race to teach Indigeneity', JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 49 397-410 (2013) [C1]
2006Butler K, '(Re)presenting indigeneity: The possibilities of Australian sociology', Journal of Sociology, 42 369-381 (2006) [C1]

The Journal of Sociology is Australia's premier sociological publication. Having an artcile in their Special Issue on Indigenous Issues was part of an important transformation in the discipline to be more inclusionary of Indigenous perspectives.

2004Butler K, Butler J, 'Aboriginal Grandmothers and the Living Memorial of Oral History', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 9 174 (2004) [C1]

Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Young TN, Pearse A, Butler K, 'Indigenising Curricula: Lessons from Tourism Studies', CAUTHE 2011 National Conference Program and Proceedings. Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Tamara Young

2010Holbrook AP, Chen S, Bourke SF, Holmes KA, Butler K, ''I can tell that English is not your first language'. Examiner comments and recommendations on the theses of students with ESL', 9th Quality in Postgraduate Research : Educating Researchers for the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 2010 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide (2010) [E3]
2010Butler K, 'The doctoral journey as a means of (re)claiming Indigenous identity', AARE International Education Research Conference - 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2009Butler K, Young AF, 'Indigenisation of curricula: Intent, initiatives and implementation', Proceedings of AUQF2009: Internal & External Quality Assurance: Tensions & Synergies, Alice Springs, NT (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Anne Young

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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$157,235

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2011 (1 grants)

Indigenous Research Higher Degree candidature in Australian universities: Exploring identity at the cultural interface$150,225
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Kathleen Butler, Professor Allyson Holbrook
SchemeRole
Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development SchemeChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$150,22520112013
GNo:G1000579

2009 (1 grants)

Indigenisation of Curriculum in Sociology$7,010
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Kathleen Butler
SchemeRole
Indigenous Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,01020092009
GNo:G0189723
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132021PhD (Aboriginal Studies)Co-SupervisorOral and Pictorial Histories to Create a Historical Narrative
20132016PhD (Theology)Co-SupervisorA Theology of the Land: Terra Australis from Christian - Indigenous Perspectives
20122016PhD (Aboriginal Studies)Co-SupervisorThe Theatres of Post/Colonial Redaction: Mapping the Terrains of the Aboriginal Self
20072014PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorWhat Policies and Strategies have Private Sector Organisations Adopted to Redress Labour Market Disadvantage for Indigenous Australians? (What Works and What Doesn't)
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Dr Kathleen Butler

Work Phone(02) 4348 4081
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
The Wollotuka Institute
Academic Division
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
HO 1.12,
Humanities Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/kathleen-butler