Susan Mlcek

PhD, Associate Professor/Associate Head, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 39 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20032020

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Associate Professor Susan Mleck's interests reflect her teaching and learning qualifications and experience, including Andragogy – the science of helping adults to learn. Furthermore, at the heart of her academic practice – in both learning and teaching, and research – lie two influences: the significance of her Indigeneity, and her engagement with Andragogy. From an auto-ethnographical stance, the influence of being Māori-Indigenous with its spiritual and tribal connections, and her ongoing quest to address the 'science of helping adults to learn' [Eduard Lindeman 1927, in Brookfield 1987], is woven through personal pedagogy that privileges inclusive practice which is also about working within a social justice framework of equity, access, participation and rights of people. These ideas serve to highlight the juxtaposition of those strands that Susan upholds at all levels of research, learning and teaching: cultural competence, community development, critical reflection in adult teaching and learning, and curriculum development and delivery.

Research Interests

  • Auto-ethnography
  • Community eco-development
  • Indigenous philosophy, knowledges, theories and  research methods
  • Critical whiteness studies

Professional Information

Memberships of Advisory Boards and Panels:

  • Member of the CSU Indigenous Board of Studies

Strategic Research Areas:

  • Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University

2010

Doctor of Philosophy (Community Development and Management), University of Western Sydney

2008

Master of Commerce, University of Western Sydney

1999

Master of Arts, University of Western Sydney

1997

Bachelor of Adult Education, University of Western Sydney

1995

External positions

Director Foundational Studies

Apr 2006Jan 2008

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Research Output

Communication management and beyond

Mlcek, S., Norris, G. & Chida, I., Jan 2020, 3rd ed. Melbourne: Pearson Australia. 305 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

Gender Dynamics in Social Work Practice and Education: A Critical Literature Review

Jones, M., Mlcek, S. H. E., Healy, J. P. & Bridges, D., 2019, In : Australian Social Work. 72, 1, p. 62-74 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Addressing Gender in Social Work Curriculum Development

    Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D., 04 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

    Combating whiteness behaviours through culturally responsive practice

    Mlcek, S., Aug 2018, Social work: Innovations and insights. Manohar, P., Bowles, W. & Bell, K. (eds.). North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing, p. 61-78 18 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Developing global perspectives and respectful knowledge through international mobility programs

    Mlcek, S. & Bell, K., 26 Jun 2018, The globalisation of higher education: Developing internationalised education research and practice. Hall, T., Gray, T., Downey, G. & Singh, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 279-290 12 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)