Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Monica Short

Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Collaboration is fundamental to Monica Short's research and teaching. Monica has a degree in Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy). Her PhD is by publication and is titled – 'The Australian Anglican Church engaging with people living with disabilities and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in rural, regional and remote communities', link: https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/publications/the-anglican-church-of-australia-engaging-with-people-living-with Monica has worked for over 20 years in large government organisations, including professional, project management, and managerial roles.

Monica coordinates the International Network of Co-operative Inquirers link https://incinq.csu.domains/ and jointly coordinates a social work and humanities teaching and learning during, and post-COVID-19 think tank. Monica is a member of the Anglican Church of Australia Mission and Ministry Commission, and a centre scholar with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. From 2017 to 2018, she was co-chair of the ACT/NSW Combined Universities Field Education Group.

In 2020, Monica received The Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Field-University Collaboration Award; and was one of a group of recipients who received a CSU Excellence Award. In 2016 Monica received the Australian New Zealand Social Work, Welfare and Research Field Placement Recognition Award for championing innovative models for research.

Monica is based in Canberra


The heutagogical principle of collaborative learning characterises Monica's teaching. Monica is a part-time social work lecturer and social sciences researcher at Charles Sturt University. She is both teaching and research active. Her personal teaching pedagogy is, 'To enable students to think critically about their evolving context, to foster resilience and skills, to instigate change and to maintain social work values' (Short, Trembath, Duncombe & Whitaker, 2018, p. 12). Monica teaches in accordance with the CSU Strategic Focus of fostering belonging and connectedness.

She has course coordinated, convened, tutored in and/or marked the following subjects:

  • Indigenous Academic Success Program
  • HCS303 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS402 Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS200 Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Foundations of Practice
  • HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Foundations of Practice
  • SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
  • WEL418 Case Management
  • WEL523 Contemporary Theories of Case Management

Research Interests

The psycho-social-spiritual-physical resilience and well-being of individuals and communities in their environments are the focus of Monica's research. Her personal research narrative is to generate meaning that enhances and respects individuals, groups and communities within practice, education and research (Short, Barton, Cooper, Woolven, Loos & Devos, 2017, p. 104). Honouring emic (insider) and etic (outsider) knowledge, valuing relationships, collaboration, sharing power, promoting social justice and upholding egalitarian principles are central principles for her research (Short, 2018, p. 233). Monica applies an integrated lens with an epistemological base in social work, sociology and theology in her work; and she utilises methodologies such as co-operative inquiry, ethnography, literature review, and case studies. Her research contributes to the CSU research narrative of the development of individuals and thriving communities with strong social frameworks where harmony resides.

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