Sandra Croaker is an Associate Lecturer in Social Work Field Education located at the Townsville JCU campus. Her role sees her working closely with students in preparation and planning for placement, bridging the space between academic education and practice learning. Sandra also works closely with social services providers in the Townsville region to continuously explore and grow new placement learning opportunities for students. Her experience in this role combined with her aim of creating interesting and engaging learning environments that are mutually beneficial for the agency  as well as the student’s learning experience is nowadays informing her research interest.

Her early career saw Sandra involved in direct practice delivery, working with vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds. Sandra has gained her work experience overseas and in Australia across government and non-government social support agencies. These fundamental work experiences have broadened her understanding of applied social work and laid the foundations for her interest in critical social work and feminist social work theory. 

Sandra is currently teaching social work field education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and has teaching experience across a range of other JCU Social Work subjects such as WC2001 Australian Women’s Studies, WS5516 Foundations for Social Work Practice, WS5005 Social Policy Analysis, WS1005 Human Rights and Social Justice Issues and WS3214 Eco-Social Justice.


  • WS3503: Field Education 1 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • WS4504: Field Education 2 (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • WS5605: Advanced Social Work Practicum (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Field education in Social Work teaching
  • Student suitability for Social Work practice
  • economic and social participation opportunities for refugees, Women and families
  • Social Work, the environment and social justice
  • 2018 - Sessional Staff Teaching Award
  • 2016 - Australian Association of Social Workers, Management committee member

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