Ms Jen Kaighin

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Lecturer, Faculty of Health

Master of Arts (Justice Studies) (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology)

Background Jenny has been lecturing at QUT since 2001, She teaches in a range of units from introductory subjects, including Orientation to Social Work and Human Services and the two youth work elective units.  Jenny's teaching reflects her interest in critical pedagogies and transformative teaching and learning. Jenny's research interests include queer theory and practice in SWHS;  Critical youth work theory and practice ; and Basic income and young people.  Prior to joining QUT Jenny was a youth work practitioner for 17 years in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. Jenny maintains her connection to the youth sector through her membership of management committees and networks and doing team and group professional supervision for youth work practitioners. Awards Teaching Awards
  • 2017: Nomination for QUT Teacher of the Year
  • 2008: Vice Chancellors Performance Award
  • 2006: DVC(A) Teaching Award
  • 2006, 2007: Carseldine Staff Achievement Awards.
Research Interests
  • Queer theory and practice in SWHS
  • Critical youth work theory and practice
  • Basic income and young people
  • Young people and social exclusion/marginalisation
  • Young people and  homelessness
  • LGBTQI+ issues
  • Scholarship of teaching

Additional information

Community Engagement
  • Member of QUT Ally Network
  • Member Open Doors Youth Service
  • Inner Urban Youth Interagency member