Teaching

I have been teaching in higher education since 2007, primarily in the areas of sociology, community development, education, youth work and health practice. I have taught at the University of South Australia, Flinders University and Tabor College Adelaide. For the latter, I developed new subjects for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work).

Across these contexts I have supported the professional learning of pre-service youth workers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, teachers, nurses, midwives, paramedics, and other health care practitioners.

I am adaptable and able to teach in both online and onsite classes, and committed to improving my teaching practice.

My teaching experiences

Flinders University

  • Topic Coordinator, Topic Lecturer & Tutor – ‘Social Planning Theory’ (Year 1 undergraduate topic), College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, 2018
  • Co-Topic Coordinator, Lecturer & Tutor – ‘Teaching Indigenous Australian Students’ (Year 2 undergraduate topic), College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, 2018
  • Guest lecturer – ‘Sociology of Everyday Life’ (Year 1 undergraduate topic), College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 2018
  • Tutor – ‘Sociology of Everyday Life’ (Year 1 undergraduate topic), College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Tutor – ‘Teaching Indigenous Australian Students’ (Year 2 undergraduate topic), Office of Indigenous Strategy & Engagement, 2017, 2018
  • Tutor – ‘Critical Social Analysis of Health’ (Year 2 undergraduate topic), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 2017
  • ITAS Tutor – ‘Social Policy Practice’ (Year 2 undergraduate topic), Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, 2017

University of South Australia

  • Tutor – ‘First People’s Health’ (Year 1 undergraduate course), School of Nursing and Midwifery, 2017, 2018
  • Lecturer, Course Coordinator and Tutor – ‘Working with Community’ (Year 2 undergraduate course), School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, 2016

Tabor College Adelaide

  • Guest Lecturer – ‘Exploring Contemporary Spirituality’ (undergraduate subject), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015
  • Subject Developer, Coordinator and Lecturer – ‘Theories of Youth’ (undergraduate subject), Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014
  • Subject Developer, Coordinator and Lecturer – ‘Youth Participation and Community Development’ (undergraduate subject), Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010-2014
  • Subject Developer, Coordinator and Co-lecturer, ‘Introduction to Sociology’ (Year 1 undergraduate subject), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012-2014
  • Co-lecturer – ‘Youth and Spirituality’ (undergraduate subject), Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2013
  • Unit designer and Co-facilitator – ‘Engaging in the Christian Life’ (core unit in Cert IV in Christian Life & Ministry), 2011-2012
  • Subject Developer, Coordinator and Lecturer – ‘Youth and Community Development’ (undergraduate subject), Bachelor of Arts (Youth Work), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009
  • Tutor, ‘Issues in Youth Work’ (undergraduate subject), Bachelor of Arts (Youth Work), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2007

 Student feedback about my teaching

The relaxed feel of the classroom made this class the best class I’ve even had. Josh was fully engaged with the class at all times and made this class my personal favourite. His motivation to develop a close class-teacher relationship was incredible and it made us want to learn, and want to attend class and do well. His feedback was also very helpful and he was always checking that the class understood what was expected of us. Thank you Josh! Fantastic work!” (Student, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, 2017)

Thanks for such an engaging semester, I don’t think I would have made it through the topic if it wasn’t for you. The feedback on the essay was great – I really do appreciate it! I changed the scope of my essay once you gave that speech in our last tutorial about doing the essay for oneself rather than anyone else! It really helped” (Education student, Flinders University, 2017)

“Joshua was an excellent teacher. He has a clear respect for the course and those undertaking it. He is highly supportive and understanding to student needs. Joshua is extremely encouraging and offers constructive and helpful feedback. Joshua was fantastic at presenting and teaching a [sic] underdeveloped course.” (Student, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UniSA, 2017)

“Joshua has a brilliant pedagogy to community curriculum and a very wise coordinator. Josh is passionate about community, his lectures were exceptional … it was really the most directed-at-students course that I’ve had so far.” (Student, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, UniSA, 2016)

“Thanks for everything you’ve taught me, it has certainly enriched my life and my studies. Your deep and critical thinking and the way you have taught me how to do that through the many different subjects I’ve had with you will certainly impact me in my future life and career!” (Student, Tabor Adelaide, 2014)

I’ve really appreciated the classes that you’ve done, and, more importantly, I think you teach really valuable critical thinking skills to students. I know that most of us will look back and appreciate what we’ve learnt as a result of having to critically analyse what you’ve brought, as I’ve discovered that critical analysis of social context and theory is one of the most valuable skills I have to use in real life practice.” (Student, Tabor Adelaide, 2014)

I travelled to Nepal with a group that seeks to make connections with communities in underdeveloped countries, and we got to see first-hand the community development work over there. It was incredible! Before I went, I understood the principles of community development – mostly from what Josh taught us last year, but now I know that it actually works. Amazing! It was this light bulb moment.” (Student, Tabor, 2014)

“Very approachable and flexible, Josh’s teaching style is so inclusive and conversational which makes learning a real joy” (Student, Tabor Adelaide, 2012)

“Best subject and lecturer ever!” (Student, Tabor, 2012)

“The passion he demonstrated towards the third world – he had a fantastic ability to broaden students’ thinking” (Student, Tabor, 2009)

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