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Health & Wellbeing, Deakin Faculty of Arts & Education

By March 23, 2022Uncategorised
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Join a world-class Deakin team: interdisciplinary Health & Wellbeing Research Program, Faculty of Arts & Education

About the Faculty

With more than a dozen researchers from a breadth of disciplines including art and performance, anthropology, education, history, Indigenous Knowledges, philosophy and sociology, the Faculty has established strengths in interdisciplinary fields across both human and societal health and wellbeing and planetary and non-human health and wellbeing.

About the opportunity

The faculty aims to align existing cross-Faculty education and research strengths with common thematic foci by growing its Health & Wellbeing Research capabilities with new appointments across a range of areas within the faculty.

The following opportunities are available (levels are indicative and other ranks will be considered):

  1. Professor in History;
  2. Professor in Indigenous Research;* (Identified position)
  3. Associate Professor in Indigenous Health (Community and Context);* (Identified position)
  4. Associate Professor in Communication;
  5. Associate Professor in Film, TV, and Performing Arts;
  6. Associate Professor in Education Leadership;
  7. Senior Lecturer in Criminology; and
  8. Lecturer in Politics.

The right candidates will bring experience and insight into interdisciplinary research and teaching and have aims to shape and impact lived experiences and the health and wellbeing of people, places, and planet. In addition, candidates should have ideas and passion to strengthen and grow collaborations with industry, government, and community; including partnership opportunities.

The opportunity to join this unique academic cluster hire will appeal to interdisciplinary thinkers who will work together to define and build the University’s new investment in the health and wellbeing theme, together with collaborators across the Faculty, across Deakin, and externally. More information, including profiles of current researchers aligned with the theme at Deakin are linked below, and more information about the University is on the Deakin website.

Identified positions

The positions marked with an asterisk (*) is an identified position. In line with special measure provisions in Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010) the University will only accept applications to identified positions from people who identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Term and relocation

These positions will sit within the respective schools and institutes of the Faculty of Arts & Education and will be based at Deakin campuses in Victoria accordingly, including Naarm/Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and regional Warrnambool.

The successful candidates will be offered a continuing position on a full-time basis

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To learn more, and to apply

To obtain full details and for a confidential discussion, prospective candidates should contact the search firm assisting Deakin, Dr Rosalind De Sailly and Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas via email to DeakinHWB@desailly.com.au

Full applications are to include:

  1. a cover letter outlining what you bring to the team in the Health and Wellbeing research strength;
  2. a full academic CV;
  3. a statement systematically and individually addressing the selection criteria (see the dot points listed under “Qualifications and experience” in the relevant position description);
  4. contact details of 3-5 nominated referees; and
  5. indicate your earliest start date.

A tip on creating the criteria statement is to make each criterion a heading, and prepare a succinct summary of claim under each, referring to the CV for full detail as relevant.

Applications must be submitted to the email address above, and will be considered from May until all positions are filled.

Deakin values diversity and aims to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

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More about research at Deakin

FACULTY OF ARTS AND EDUCATION THEMATIC FOCUS: Health and wellbeing of people, places and planet

The Faculty of Arts and Education’s thematic focus on the health and wellbeing of people, places and planet, will strengthen and align existing cross-Faculty education and research programs with common thematic foci. Through the lens of the humanities, social sciences and creative arts, the Faculty will contribute to and inform academic discourse and public policy with respect to:

  • human and societal health and wellbeing, including the social determinants of health and wellbeing, and
  • planetary and non-human health and wellbeing, including climate change

The new appointments will collaborate to further explore and define the new thematic focus, working with people at Deakin and regional partners.

Cross-faculty strengths have been established in interdisciplinary fields including:

Human and societal health and wellbeing

  • Health and wellbeing of K-12 principals, teachers, staff and students
  • Trauma-informed education
  • Health and wellbeing as functions of equitable, just and resilient societies and social systems
  • The role of creativity and art in improving individual and social health and wellbeing
  • Cultural intelligence, truth-telling and healing
  • Bodies, biopolitics and biopower
  • Cultural connection and health and wellness of First Nations peoples
  • Digital technologies and health and well being outcomes

Key collaborators in the Faculty of Arts and Education:

  • Richard Frankland —  health and wellbeing, art and creativity
  • Amanuel Elias — ADI, racism, multiculturalism, health care
  • Christopher Mayes — bioethics, health and food
  • Maurizio Meloni — biopolitics, political biology, philosophy of science
  • Joe Latham — LGBTQI+ health, disability, bodies, telehealth
  • Tanya King — mental health, health and wellbeing, fisheries
  • Yin Paradies — health and social impacts of racism, Indigenous knowledges
  • Carolyn Holbrook — history
  • Ben Arnold — educator health and wellbeing
  • Tebeje Molla — trauma informed education practices
  • Eben Kirksey — environmental anthropology, multispecies ethnography, science and justice
  • Emma Kowal — anthropology of biomedical research, genomics, bioethics and public health, Indigeneity & colonialism
  • Earvin Cabalquinto – Elderly CALD migrant use of digital technologies for health and well being

Planetary and non-human health and wellbeing

  • Connections to place, place-making and the impacts of climate change
  • Communications approaches to addressing climate change
  • Connections to place, place-making and addressing climate change
  • Human:non-human relations and impacts on health and wellbeing

Key collaborators in the Faculty of Arts and Education:

  • Gillian Tan — human: non-human: environment relations – typically through the lens of religious beliefs
  • Max Kelly — food security and sustainability
  • Yamini Narayanan — animals and urban planning in India, speciesism and racism
  • Emily Potter — climate change, literature, biopolitics of water consumption, postcolonial texts and environments
  • Eve Mayes — youth climate activism
  • Peter Ferguson — environmentalism, politics, sustainability
  • Melinda Hinkson — people:place relationships and regional revitalisation
  • Tim Neale — environmental hazards, disasters and climate change
  • Will Smith — human:forest relations, climate and place, wildlife
  • Gabi Moccatta — communication around climate change and environmental justice

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The Alfred Deakin Institute Alfred Deakin Institute

Deakin Faculty of Arts and Education is home to The Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI). ADI is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute. Its members conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research on the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion & globalisation, with the aim to understand and investigate the implications of these forces in our lives and communities.

Fit with Deakin Research with Impact

Research at Deakin University is fuelled by collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. The University’s research is multidisciplinary and collaborative. The Health and Wellbeing research program in the Faculty of Arts and Education sits within the university-wide research strength: Improving Health and Wellbeing. These researchers understand that achieving health equity calls for a whole-of-society response. That’s why the research program is conducted with governments, actively informing and evaluating policy and practice and with communities, implementing evidence-based interventions to create transformational improvements in health and wellbeing.
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For other opportunities see our postings here.

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