Heads of School

Professor Wendy Bowles

Acting Head of School, School of Social Work and Arts
Wagga Wagga
Building 26 Room 234


Wendy Bowles has been lecturing and researching in social work and human services at Charles Sturt University since 1991. Prior to commencing at CSU, Wendy worked mainly in the disability field and taught in social work at the University of New South Wales. Wendy's PhD is in quality of life of people with spina bifida as an issue of equality. Wendy also 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. Wendy 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 are Wendy's priorities.


  • Supervising doctoral students
    • Principal supervisor – 8 current students (past students – 2 – both successfully completed)
    • Associate supervisor – 3 current students (5 past students, all successfully completed)
  • Supervising masters students – have supervised 9 masters students, 8 of whom successfully completed (1 still in progress)
  • Honours students – many supervised. Most recent graduates have continued to PhD studies
  • Social work theory and practice subjects - undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Ethics
  • Field education (practicum, Workplace Learning)
  • Disability studies


  • Rural and regional welfare issues, including those experienced by diverse groups such as those with disabilities or from Aboriginal or CALD backgrounds
  • Social work field education / Workplace Learning
  • Ethics
  • Research methodology

Please select this link for a detailed listing of Wendy's research output.


  • Bowles, W.(1995). Quality of life of adults with spina bifida in NSW: an issue of equality . University of New South Wales. Citations – 3.

Books and Monographs

  • Alston, M. & Bowles, W. (2012). Research for Social Workers – an introduction to methods (3rd ed.). Sydney: Allen and Unwin, Routledge. 412 pages. Citations – 306.
  • Alston, M. & Bowles, W. (2003). Research for Social Workers – an introduction to methods (2nd ed.). Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 334 pages.
  • Alston, M. & Bowles, W. (1998). Research for Social Workers – an introduction to methods. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 310 pages.
  • Agllias, K., Bowles, W., Cassano, B., Collingridge, M., Dawood, A., Irwin, J., Maywald, S., McKinnon, J., Noble, C., O'Sullivan, J., Wexler, J., & Zubrzycki, J. (2010). A Guide to Supervision in Social Work Field Education, (Revised Edition). Strawberry Hills, Sydney: ALTC. 131 pages.
  • Bowles, W., Collingridge, M., Curry, S. and Valentine B. (2006). Ethical Practice in Social Work an applied approach. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, Open University Press. 237 pages. (2nd edition in development). Citations – 51.

Book Chapters

  • Bowles, W., & Patton, N. (2014). Expectations and responsibilities. In J. Higgs, A. Croker, D. Tasker, J. Hummell & N. Patton (Eds.), Health practice relationships (pp. 101-108). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Sefton, A., Hay, I., & Bowles, W. (2012). Academic Integrity and Honesty. In  J. Higgs, R. Ajjawi, L. McAllister, F. Trede & |S. Loftus (Eds). Communicating in the Health Sciences, 3rd edn. (pp. 34 – 45). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press..
  • Bowles, W. (2012). Caregiving in small rural and regional towns. In J. Maidment & U. Bay (Eds.), Social Work in Rural Australia Enabling practice. (pp. 106-118). Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.
  • Hugman, R., & Bowles, W. (2012) Social Work values, ethics and professional regulation. In K. Lyons, M.C. Hokenstad, M. Pawar, N. Huegler and N. Hall (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of International Social Work. (pp. 150-162).  Sage: London. Citations - 2
  • Bowles, W., & Alston, M. (2011). Commentary: Human rights and social justice in social work research. In S. Banks & K. Nøhr (Eds.) Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries. (pp. 104-107). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Bowles, W. (2010). Reflections on Rural Identity from West Wyalong NSW. In N. Blacklow, T. Whitford (Eds.), Where the Crows Fly Backward: notions of rural identity. (pp. 13-24). Queensland: Post Press.
  • Bithnell, C., Bowles, W., Christensen, N.(2010). Issues in Design and Management of Fieldwork Education. In L. McAllister, M. Paterson, J. Higgs, C. Bithnell (Eds.), Innovations in Fieldwork Education: The Allied Health Experience. (pp. 61-74). Rotterdam, Netherlands:Sense Publishers. Citations - 1
  • Bowles, W. (2009). Practice Values, Principles and Ethics. In E. Moore (Ed), Case Management in Community Practice Contemporary Issues and Developments in Australia (pp. 56-77). Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Bowles, W. (2005). Social Work and People with Disabilities in M. Alston and J. McKinnon (eds) Social Work Fields of Practice 2nd edn. (pp. 48-61). Victoria: Oxford University Press, Citations – 5.
  • Bowles, W. (2001). The Australian Disability Field: Times of change. In M. Alston and J. McKinnon (eds) Social Work Fields of Practice. (pp. 33-45). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Moorhead, B., Bell, K. & Bowles, W. (forthcoming). Exploring the development of professional identity with newly qualified social workers. Australian Social Work. Accepted January 2016.
  • Hyde, B., Bowles, W., & Pawar, M. (2014). Challenges of recovery-oriented practice in inpatient mental health settings – the potential for social work leadership. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. 24(1-2), 5-16.
  • Fletcher, C.M., Bowles, W. (2014). The Healthy Tribe: An oral health project with Aboriginal school children. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy. 2(2):11-16.
  • Trede, F., Bowles, W. & Bridges, D. (2013). Developing intercultural competence and global citizenship through international experiences: Academics' perceptions. Intercultural Education. 24(5), 442-455. DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2013.825578. Citations - 1
  • Mason, R., Bowles, W., Osburn, O., Mansel-Lees, V., & Gregory, R. (2012). Rural direct practice student placements: Lessons from Adult Learning Theory. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 14(1) 129-152.
  • Barton, H., Bell, K., & Bowles, W. (2005). Help or Hindrance? Outcomes of social work student placements. Australian Social Work, 58(3), 301-312. Citations – 17.
  • Bowles, W., & Duncombe, R. (2005). A Satellite Model for Rural and Remote Education. Rural Society, 15(3) 284-295. Citations – 4.
  • Collingridge, M., Miller, S., and Bowles, W. (2001). Privacy and Confidentiality in Social Work. Australian Social Work, 54(2) 3–13. Citations – 12.

Conference Papers (Refereed)

  • Mlcek, S., and Bowles, W. (2006). Extending the use of student units for both professional education and community solutions. In Towards Excellence in PEPE: a collaborative endeavour. Proceedings of the 2006 Bi-annual International Conference on Practical Experience in Professional Education (PEPE). Auckland: department of Education, University of Auckland.
  • Bowles, W. (2005). Transforming Private Troubles in Public Policy: Enhancing participation in Centrelink In M. Pawar (Ed), Capacity Building for Participation. CRSR/ILWS, Wagga Wagga: CSU, NSW.
  • Bowles, W. (2004). Inequality and having spina bifida – some findings for women and men in New South Wales. In E. Moore (Ed), WOW Wellbeing of Women Conference. Wagga Wagga: Community of Scholars, Gender, Women and Social Policy, CSU.

Conference Papers (Non-Refereed)

  • Bowles, W., Jones-Mutton, T., Barton, H. (2012). Community development approaches: Theory and practice. In H. Barton, M. Short, T. Jones-Mutton (Eds.),  DHS Centrelink social work conference: Engaging with the community – Real people, real lives, real stories (pp. 13-23). Wagga Wagga: Charles Sturt.
  • Bowles, W., Murrell-Orgill K., 2006. 'The Way Forward: Concluding the Conference' in AW Anscombe, K Murrell-Orgill, M. Short., Social Work: Engaging Indigenous Communities (pp.129-138). Charles Sturt University/Centrelink, Wagga Wagga,


  • Bowles, W., Collingridge, M., McKinnon, J., Agllias, K., Dawood, A. Irwin, J., Maywald, S., Noble, C., O'Sullivan, J., & Zubrzycki, J. (2011). Online Student Supervision Training: Accessible and Cooperative Learning in Social Work. Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Now Office for Learning and Teaching). Available at: http://www.olt.gov.au/resources?text=online+student+supervision
  • Musselwhite, G., Bowles, W., & Anscombe, B. (2005). Access to Mainstream HACC Services by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Albury-Wodonga. Centre for Rural Social Research, CSU and Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Media/Public Engagement

  • 2014 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014 Co-presented 4 papers with colleagues: 3 on field education and 1 on eco-social work.
  • 2013 Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium – Making Connections, Learning and Leadership in Social Work, invited panel member of session: What is happening in Field Education? Contemporary Issues and Challenges (with Mark Cleaver and Helen Cleak, Brenda Clare), RMIT, Melbourne.
  • 2013 WACE 18th World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Durban, South Africa. Presented paper on Authentic Assessment in Practice Settings.
  • 2013 Combined Universities Field Education Group (NSW) Social Work and Welfare Field Education Colloquium – invited keynote to this conference presenting results of research - Authentic assessment in practice settings – online resources for field educators supervising social work students. Keynote presented with Assoc Prof Fran Waugh (University of Sydney Faculty of Education and Social Work).
  • 2011 Invited keynote address to Front Line Matters. National Disability Services Regional Support Workers Conference, Wagga Wagga, NSW. My paper: Achieving a Work-Life Balance.
  • 2011 Invited panel member for keynote presentation: Field Placement Panel– Addressing contemporary and future issues in field placement, Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Education (AASWWE) Symposium, Footprints: Social Work and Welfare Education Making its Mark Griffith University, Qld.
  • 2011 Invited keynote address to Hunter New England Health Quality and Scientific Program: Clinical Effectiveness: Re-thinking Treatment and Technology. My paper: Enhancing Clinical effectiveness through Workplace Learning.
  • 2010 Invited keynote speaker Australian Association of Social Workers / Hunter New England Health Social Work Conference: What ethics? Social Work Conference. My keynote: Ethics the heart of Social Work Practice. 3 rd May 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Convenor, AASW National Education and Knowledge Development Committee Nov 2013 – current.
  • Convenor, National Field Education Sub-Committee AASW, 2007-2008, 2011-2013.
  • Member, AASW National Education Committee, 2009-2013.
  • Member, ASWEAS Review Reference Group (AASW), 2012
  • Member, Australian Council Heads of Schools of Social Work, 2014 – current.
  • Member, Centrelink National Professional Practice Reference Group, 2008 – 2012.
  • Contributions to 3 Centrelink Area South West social work conferences
    • Wagga 2006 – Engaging Indigenous communities
    • Bathurst 2007- ethics and supervision
    • Orange 2011 – engaging with communities
    • Centrelink 2010 – negotiated MOU CSU-Area South West Centrelink
  • Presenter - supervision workshop to ACT AASW Branch members, August 2012. Over 50 social workers attended.
  • Supervision workshops to field educators around the state in collaboration with CSU colleagues. Sites include:
    • Dubbo (2014, 2013, 2006)
    • Wagga (2013, 2007, 2006, 2005)
    • Gosford (2013)
    • Wollongong (2013, 2006)
    • Ballina (2012)
    • Grafton (2012)
    • Coffs Harbour (2008)
    • Port Macquarie (2008)
    • Bathurst (2007)
    • Young (2007)
    • Bega (2006)
    • Bateman's Bay (2006)
  • Member, Combined Universities' Field Education Group (CUFEG)
  • Chair, Access Committee, Bland Shire Council, 1999 - current
  • Member, Board of Director, IDEAS 2013 - current
  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), 1991 - current


  • 2014 - Faculty of Arts and Education award for Leadership Excellence (Individual)
  • 2010 - Faculty of Arts and Education Team Award for Leadership Excellence
  • 2009 - Faculty of Arts and Education Award for Academic Excellence
  • 1996 - CSU Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1996 - Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching Excellence Award

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