About

Associate Professor Nonie Harris is Head of Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University, where she teaches undergraduate social work practice, research methods and in the honours program. Nonie’s research and publications have focussed on feminist methodologies, feminist theory, work integrated learning, teaching research and child care policy in cross national contexts.

This practice-focused research has drawn on Nonie's social work practice experience, engagement with women’s services and a commitment to research informed teaching. Her research on hospital social work practice, childcare policy, teaching research and international social work student exchange has been funded by competitive internal and external research grants - from the Don Chipp and Ian Potter Foundations, and the Office of Learning and Teaching.

Nonie values her prolonged engagement with Townsville’s women’s services, particularly as President and Vice President of the NQCWS (the Women's Centre) management committee, as invited Chair of the Sexual Assault Strategic Group (NQ) and, most recently, as a member of the management committee of the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service.

 

Teaching
  • WS4005: Social Inquiry Analysis (Level 4; TSV)
  • WS4511: Professional Development for Social Work Practice (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • WS5611: Professional Development for Social Work Practice (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • The impact of formal child care policy on women’s access to quality child care
  • Best practice in teaching social research methods
  • International social work student exchange
Experience
  • 2016 to present - Associate Professor, Social Work and Human Services (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Human Services, JCU (Townsville)
  • 2001 to 2007 - Lecturer, Social Work and Community Welfare, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1997 to 2000 - Associate Lecturer, Social Work and Community Welfare,JCU (Townsville)
  • 1996 - Senior Research Assistant, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1992 to 1994 - Project Consultant, Work and Child Care Advisory Service (Melbourne)
  • 1989 to 1992 - Director, Choices for Children (Santa Clara, California, USA)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Parent Counsellor, Community Coordinated Child Development Council (San Jose, California, USA)
Honours
Awards
  • 2015 - Primary Advisor of the Year
  • 2010 - Faculty of Arts Education and Social Sciences Research Performance Award, A and A* Publications
  • 2009 - Faculty recognition for achieving more than 6 HERDC points for publications (2007-2009)
  • 2009 - Faculty Research Ideas Contest: Winner of the Early Career Researcher Category
  • 2009 - Faculty recognition for achieving a weighting of 10 or more for publications (2007-2009)
Memberships
  • 2015 - Management committee member, North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service.
  • 2013 - International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • 2000 - Australian Association of Social Workers
  • 2005 to 2014 - President (3yrs), Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the North Queensland Combined Women's Services (the Women's Centre)
  • 2010 to 2012 - James Cook University representative, Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work (ACHSSW)
Other
  • 2015 - Recognition from the Dean of Graduate Research for being the primary advisor of two former HDR candidates who received the 2015 Dean's Award for Research Excellence
  • 2014 - College recognition for HDR completions as primary supervisor
  • 2012 - Convener, The 2nd International Women’s Conference: Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • 2014 to 2015 - Chair of the Townsville Sexual Assault Strategic Group (NQ)
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 40+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Nonie Harris from 2002 onwards.

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Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant

International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and Asia Pacific

Indicative Funding
$388,000 over 2 years
Summary
Using collaborative and inclusive processes, this project will draw on data from Australian social work education providers and their international partners, to document and analyse current international student exchange practices, highlighting key issues and constraints. Merging this data with a critical literature review, the project will synthesise the knowledge created to develop transferable best-practice models in international student exchange. Focusing on enhancing relationships with the Asia-Pacific, this project aims to document, analyse, develop and disseminate exemplary practices in international social work student exchange. The project will contribute significantly to the development of mutually beneficial international student exchange programs and will support Australian tertiary educators to integrate evidence-led, transferable, good -practice principles into core curricula.
Investigators
Debra Miles, Nonie Harris, Peter F Jones, Abraham Francis, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ines Zuchowski in collaboration with Hurriyet Babacan, Julie King, S Rajeev, Piyachat and Linda Briskman (College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University and Swinburne University of Technology)
Keywords
Social Work; International student exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work Education; Curriculum Design
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Exploring the Lived Experiences of Indigenous Australian Child Protection Workers Who Work Within a Statutory System that is/was Responsible for Historical Harm to Indigenous Communities. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • How Are Parents Prepared to Participate in FDR: Perspectives of Parents, FDRP's and Lawyers. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring Mandatory Accreditation of Early Childhood Workers in Australia: Implications for Practice, Provision of Care and the Early Childhood Sector;; (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Motherhood and Anxiety: Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Perinatal Enxiety Disorders. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Defence Force Family: Ways for Advocacy in the 21st Century (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Information and Support needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) Living with Cancer in Regional Areas (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Factors Contributing to Recidivism Among Inmates in Ghana Prisons (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
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