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Associate Professor Kathleen Butler

Associate Professor

The Wollotuka Institute (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

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

Research Expertise
- Sociology 

Collaborations
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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Social Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 50
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Associate Professor, Teaching Quality and Coordination University of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia
1/02/2010 - 1/12/2011 Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Curriculum Design and Development University of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/01/2008 - 1/01/2010 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2007 Lecturer University of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia
1/08/1997 - 1/12/2006 Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education and Arts
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Butler K, Hansen C, 'Introduction', Exploring Urban Identities and Histories, AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra 1-8 (2013) [B2]
2011 Butler 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Walter M, Butler K, 'Teaching race to teach Indigeneity', JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 49 397-410 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1440783313504051
2006 Butler K, '(Re)presenting indigeneity: The possibilities of Australian sociology', Journal of Sociology, 42 369-381 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1440783306069994
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2004 Butler K, Butler J, 'Aboriginal Grandmothers and the Living Memorial of Oral History', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 9 174 (2004) [C1]

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Young 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
2010 Holbrook 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]
Co-authors Sid Bourke, Shen Chen, Allyson Holbrook, Kathryn Holmes
2010 Butler K, 'The doctoral journey as a means of (re)claiming Indigenous identity', AARE International Education Research Conference - 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2009 Butler 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

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $247,235

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20151 grants / $90,000

Sociology teaching and Indigenous issues$90,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Associate Professor Kathleen Butler
Scheme Innovation and Development Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500933
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20111 grants / $150,225

Indigenous Research Higher Degree candidature in Australian universities: Exploring identity at the cultural interface$150,225

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Kathleen Butler, Professor Allyson Holbrook
Scheme Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000579
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20091 grants / $7,010

Indigenisation of Curriculum in Sociology$7,010

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Kathleen Butler
Scheme Indigenous Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189723
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 A Theology of the Land: Terra Australis from Christian - Indigenous Perspectives
Religious Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Respecting Aboriginal Tradition While Moving into the Future: The Value of Talking and Listening in Today's Society
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 The Theatres of Post/Colonial Redaction: Mapping the Terrains of the Aboriginal Self
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007 What Policies and Strategies have Private Sector Organisations Adopted to Redress Labour Market Disadvantage for Indigenous Australians? (What Works and What Doesn't)
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Kathleen Butler

Position

Associate Professor
The Wollotuka Institute
Academic Division

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email kathleen.butler@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49 217 747
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room Birabahn Building
Building Birabahn Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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