Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Ruth Bacchus

Lecturer in English
Building 1400, Office 2.23


Ruth has a first-class Honours degree and PhD from CSU. While studying, Ruth worked as a research assistant and as a tutor in the Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme, at both secondary school and university levels. She teaches across a range of disciplines and subject areas including Children’s Literature, Creative Writing, and Politics and Cultural Studies subjects.


Ruth teaches Literature, Children’s Literature, Creative Writing, and Politics and Cultural Studies subjects.


Ruth's research interests include literature, especially colonial and post-colonial writing, feminist thought and, more recently, theory and practice of learning and teaching.


  • Bacchus, R. (2018). ‘Go forth and wrestle with the legal system’: some perceptions and experiences of lesbian parents in rural Australia. 23 Mar 2018, Australian Journal of Social Issues. 53, 1, p. 18-33 15105902
  • Hill, B.Bacchus, R.Phillip, J. , Harris, J.Biles, J.Rose, K.Hull, E. (2016) ‘Stories on the journey to Indigenous Australian cultural competency: An evaluation of the pedagogical efficacy of the digital resource, Cassie's Story: Dyan Ngal’ INTED2016 Proceedings: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Spain: IATED, p. 6918-6927
  • In 2016, Ruth presented 'Stephen Michael King's LEAF' at the ACLAR conference convened by Mark Macleod in Wagga, which was published as part of the conference proceedings.
  • In the same year she presented a paper co-authored with Emma Colvin, Leonora Ritter and Elizabeth Knight to do with student responses to rubrics at the annual HERDSA conference in Fremantle. The paper was accepted for publication as a refereed article:
  • Colvin, E.Bacchus, R.  Knight, E. & Ritter, A.  (2016) ‘Exploring the way students use rubrics in the context of criterion referenced assessment’ Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education. Hammondville, NSW, Australia: Vol. 39, p. 42-52
  • Hill, B. and Bacchus, R. (2015) As you may already know: selected letters of Kate Llewellyn, 1997-2004. Wakefield Press
  • Ruth contributed to the In the Beginning Project, a cross-university OLT-supported research project published on the website: ‘Intersecting threshold learning outcomes and first year pedagogy principles: Challenges and opportunities’, the CSU lead of which was Associate Professor Joy Wallace. The website contains a framework for first year curriculum design, and was made available in July 2015: www.firstyearlearningthresholds.edu.au.
  • Bacchus, R. ‘Sati and Performativity’ (2014) Australian Feminist Studies,28:76, 155-176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2013.789577
  • Ruth has participated several times in Cultural Immersion experiences at Menindee, in far western NSW, and has contributed to resulting publications, such as Journeys West to Menindee. She has participated in Cultural Competence Training, and in workshops to do with Combating Racism in the Classroom, and contributed to resources developed as a result: Journeys West to Menindee CSU 2012
  • Bacchus, R. 'Mother Teresa of Calcutta: The Romance of the Altruistic Woman and the Reproduction of Underprivilege'. University of New England, Armidale, October Conference Proceedings Educating Rita 1999.
  • With Professor Bob Meyenn and Associate Professor Judith Parker, 'Who does what to whom? Adolescent Fiction, Agency and Identity'. Presented by Professor Bob Meyenn at the Australian Association Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Adelaide, November 1998.
  • With Professor Bob Meyenn and Associate Professor Judith Parker, 'Recipes for Avoiding Limpness: an exploration of women in senior management positions in Australian Universities'. Presented by Professor Bob Meyenn and Associate Professor Judith Parker at The American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, U.S.A April 1996.

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