Dr Deborah Hartman

Dr Deborah Hartman

Associate Director / Lecturer

Family Action Centre (Community Welfare)

Career Summary

Biography

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

Deborah's current research and teaching is in the discipline of Family Studies. She has a strong interest in the internationalisation of the study of families and is a member of the Global Consortium for International Family Studies. Deborah has taught or coordinated courses in Families and Cultural Diversity, Strengths and Challenges of Families around the world, Child-centred practice and Family-centred practice in the Master of Family Studies. This innovative program, which commenced in 2013 is of wide interest to practitioners and policy makers.    

Deborah's research utilising the methods of field analysis is contributing to establishing the case for Family Studies as an academic discipline in Australia. Her research and theoretical analyses link gender and cultural identities, educational outcomes and  family and community programs to enhance positive outcomes for all families and family members. 

Administrative and Service Expertise
Deborah is the Associate Director of the Family Action Centre and a long-term member of the leadership team, overseeing new developments at the centre. She has held 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 was the leader of the Family Action Centre's teaching programs which include Educating Boys, Community Engagement and Volunteering and Family Studies. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Family Action Centre. 

She is currently an elected Board member of Family Relationship Services Australia, the peak national body for organisations offering Family and Relationship Services. She is Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Conference Reference Committee of that Board. In her role as Chair of the FRSA Research Advisory Committee she has led the FRSA member-funded special project to commission and co-author a significant report on Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future (Toumbourou et al, 2017).

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.  From 2001 to 2015 Dr Hartman lectured in several of the courses and was course and specialisation coordinator in the program. She supervised students doing masters minor theses. 

In 2013, Deborah took up the role of Program Convenor for the new Master of Family Studies and Graduate Certificate Family Studies for two years.  Deborah is currently on the external and internal advisory committees for the programs. 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 coordinates the integration of international approaches in the program through involvement of students and academic colleagues from the Global Consortium partners in the UON program.  She is Chair of the Global Consortium for International Family Studies Academic committee. 

She has taught and coordinated several course in the program including: Families and Cultural Diversity; Family strengths and Challenges around the world; Special Project in Family Studies. She particularly enjoys on-line teaching, using innovative approaches to developing on-line learning communities.  Her innovative and personable approaches enable students and others to connect with each other across gender, cultural, time and technological divides, harnessing their personal, professional and academic experience and strengths to enhance learning. 

Research Expertise
 Deborah has undertaken numerous practice-based action research projects in collaboration with teachers in the field of boys' education. In her doctoral study on the field of boys' education, she employed Bourdieusian field analysis methods, combined with Critical Discourse Analysis and Argument Catalogue methods to analyse the intersections between political, policy, academic and practice discourses in the field of boys' education. Her thesis illustrated the complexities of bringing about social change in the field of education.

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 of boys' education, field analysis and family studies. Her areas of research include the role of gender in education and male identities; teacher/student relationships; models of good practice and curriculum frameworks for educating boys; family studies as a field and methods in field analysis. 

She is currently applying field and discourse analysis approaches and methodologies to the field of Family Studies. She is particularly interested in the impacts of globalisation on families,  effects of migration on family forms, family functioning and relationships within the family. She is involved in international and national collaborative research into the well-being of rural families and the collective impact of services working to support families. 

After completing her own PhD, Dr Hartman is now co-supervising a PhD student in Family Studies.




Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Families and Cultural Diversity
  • Family Studies
  • Impacts of globalisation upon families
  • Prevention and early intervention approaches
  • 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
Associate Director / Lecturer University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
Associate Director / Lecturer 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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 15
Total funding $601,082

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Highlighted grants and funding

Family and Children Expert Panel$82,881

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms PENNY Crofts, Associate Professor 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 2016
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Wiki ways with Cultural Diversity$10,350

This grant was to devise and trial innovative culturally appropriate web-based materials in a core course in Cultural Diversity in Families. The project also engaged with student volunteers to research the impact of innovative, strengths-based, experiential on-line teaching and assessment tools and strategies, such as wikis and personal family journey visual documentation, prior to the commencement of the Master of Family Studies.

Funding body: Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Deborah Hartman and Penny Crofts, Family Action Centre with Kathy Butler, Wollotuka.

Scheme Teaching and Learning Project Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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 2011
GNo G1000931
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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 2009
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 2009
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 2009
GNo G0188145
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

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

20151 grants / $82,881

Family and Children Expert Panel$82,881

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms PENNY Crofts, Associate Professor 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 2016
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
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

20112 grants / $11,545

Wiki ways with Cultural Diversity$10,350

This grant was to devise and trial innovative culturally appropriate web-based materials in a core course in Cultural Diversity in Families. The project also engaged with student volunteers to research the impact of innovative, strengths-based, experiential on-line teaching and assessment tools and strategies, such as wikis and personal family journey visual documentation, prior to the commencement of the Master of Family Studies.

Funding body: Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Deborah Hartman and Penny Crofts, Family Action Centre with Kathy Butler, Wollotuka.

Scheme Teaching and Learning Project Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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 2011
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 2009
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 2009
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 2009
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

Deborah Hartman

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 N

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

Deborah Hartman

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 N

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

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Investigating playgrounds from an ecological perspective: A mixed-methods study of the beliefs and behaviours of children and adults. PhD (Family Studies), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Deborah Hartman

Position

Associate Director / Lecturer
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Community Welfare

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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