Wendy Bowles has been lecturing and researching in social work and human services at Charles Sturt University since 1991. Before that she worked mainly in the disability field and taught in social work at the University of New South Wales. Her PhD is in quality of life of people with spina bifida as an issue of equality. Wendy is Discipline Leader of social work and Sub Dean Workplace Learning for Faculty of Arts and Education. She convenes the Australian Association of Social Work's National Education and Knowledge Development Committee.
A scholar of social work education and professional practice, Wendy enjoys teaching and researching in those areas that focus on social justice and human rights including rural issues, ethics and disability. She has co-authored two books: one on social work ethics and one on social work research methods (now in its 3rd edition) as well as book chapters and journal articles. Supervising research students and being active within the university, professional and disability communities as well as her local community in rural NSW are priorities. Wendy lives on a farm in a small rural community about 150 kms from Wagga and experiences first hand the issues associated with rurality, distance learning and teaching.