Priscilla Dunk-West

Associate Professor

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Associate Professor Priscilla Dunk-West is an experienced and creative leader in higher education and has a passion for values-based, transformative leadership. She is committed to social justice principles, critical thinking and analysis and is experienced in transforming and leading innovative pedagogical design in university settings.

Her sole authored, seminal book ‘How to be a Social Worker: A Critical Guide for Students’ develops a new theoretical and pedagogical approach designed to equip students to consolidate and grow their professional self. This bestselling book is used in core topics internationally, has been translated into Swedish, and is now in its second edition. Associate Professor Dunk-West has a track record of successfully leading curriculum re-design and managing pedagogical and structural changes in university settings.

Priscilla is head of social work at Charles Darwin University and researches in the areas of intimacy, sexuality, relationships, parenting and is regularly called upon as an expert in these areas in print, radio, podcast and television media. She has undertaken and led international research and continues to publish, conduct empirical studies, and translate the findings to lay audiences. She is passionate about real world sector research and translational processes and recently won an Australian award for media engagement.


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