Staff Profile


Career Summary


 Rosalie is currently completing her PhD on “The history and impacts of the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation Program on the Hunter and Central Coast regions”. She is Coordinator of Part time and Intensive Social Enquiry in the Open Foundation Program at the Ourimbah campus. She has been an Enabling educator since 1996 and is a five year trained primary school teacher including experience as a teacher librarian. Rosalie is currently the Secretary of the NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union) and is particularly concerned about issues relating to casual staff. She is also a member of TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) and teaches introductory sociology to enabling students.


  • Master of Education, University of Newcastle, 12/10/2001
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 04/05/1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 19/05/1990


Research keywords

  • Enabling Education
  • History
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociology

Research expertise

• History of the Open Foundation program: Rosalie has conducted oral history interviews with a former Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, senior administrators, long term lecturers and support workers on the history of the program from its pilot in 1974 including a collection of memories about Brian Smith, the first Director.

• Impacts of the Open Foundation program: as well as oral histories with staff who were familiar with Open Foundation, Rosalie has conducted a survey of over 340 former students of the program who have provided both quantitative and qualitative responses on how this program has impacted their lives.

• Enabling education: Transition of enabling students into undergraduate courses; Sociology as an effective learning tool for enabling students; Assessing non- traditional academic essays in enabling programs; Dealing with diverse cohorts of student learners and problems in enabling programs; Mentoring enabling students

• Power relations in education

• Vitamin use among fitness leaders and Body builders

• Alternative medicine use within a randomly selected population


  • English

Fields of Research

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Double transition study 2012-3: Bennett, Anna; Southgate, Erica., Cooper, Sharon and Bunn, Rosalie, examining the experiences of enabling students as they transition into undergraduate programs. Focus groups of both enabling and School of Education staff from Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses as well as students from both campuses were undertaken to elicit information about transition needs. This data is still being processed.


Administrative expertise

1996-present Coordinator, Lecturer or Tutor of Social Enquiry

2009-present Secretary NTEU

2007 Acting Program Coordinator Foundation Studies Ourimbah Campus

2003-2007 Coordinator Mentor Scheme Open Foundation

1973-1978 Clerk Class 2/3 and Acting 4 Commonwealth Government Department of Immigration


Teaching keywords

  • Enabling Education
  • History
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociology

Teaching expertise

1998- present Coordinator Social Enquiry (Open Foundation)

1996 – present Lecturer & Tutor Social Enquiry (Open Foundation)

2003 – Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor 2nd year Nursing Sociology (Sociology)

2003-2007 Tutor; Lecturer, Coordinator Australian Society and Culture (Newstep)

1992-6 Tutor Sociology and ATAS

1994-2003 Casual Primary School teacher (Department of School Education)



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

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Chapter (1 outputs)

2007Bunn RJ, 'If in doubt, get support', Stepping Stones: A Guide for Mature-Aged Students at University, ACER Press, Camberwell, Vic. 65-73 (2007) [B2]

Journal article (1 outputs)

2015May J, Bunn RJ, '1974-1976: the seeds of longevity in a pathway to tertiary participation at University of Newcastle, NSW', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADULT LEARNING, 55 135-152 (2015)

Conference (8 outputs)

2014Bunn RJ, '¿I wanted to prove I had a brain ... and give my life a purpose¿ - Preliminary analysis of survey responses of former Open Foundation students on their lives before, during and after completing the program',, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia (2014)
2013May JR, Bunn R, '1974-1976: The seeds of flexibility in pathways to tertiary participation at University of Newcastle, NSW', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2013) [E3]


2013Bunn RJ, Bennett A, Southgate E, Cooper S, Kavanagh K, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, NZ (2013)
2012Bunn RJ, Bennett AK, Southgate EL, Cooper SA, Kavanagh KO, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
2010Bunn RJ, ''Noticing the unnoticed': Empowering enabling students through sociological theory', New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators 9th National Conference. Programme, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E1]
2009Bunn RJ, ''So what have we got this semester?' Dealing with diversity among enabling student cohorts', 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators, Toowoomba, QLD (2009) [E1]
2007Bunn RJ, '¿Out of left field¿: a dilemma in assessing non-standard essays in a mature age enabling program', National Association of Enabling Educators Australia, Newcastle (2007)
2005Bunn RJ, 'A Personal Approach to mature Age Learning: A Study of mentoring in the Open Foundation Program', National Association of Enabling Educators Australia, University of Newcastle (2005)
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Ms Rosalie Bunn

Work Phone(02) 434 84122
Fax(02) 434 84075
PositionAssociate Lecturer
Open Foundation
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258