Professor Catharine Coleborne
President / Dean
Professor Catharine Coleborne is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science/Dean of Arts at the University of Newcastle.
Catharine is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. At the University of Newcastle, she has been involved in University-wide projects from workforce planning, business intelligence, leadership capacity building in the humanities and social science, and organisational change. Catharine has a strong interest in changing trends and cultural shifts in institutions, and in the higher education sector. Between 2016 and 2019, she has led teams of academic and professional staff to reinvent the BA at UON resulting in the 'New Work Ready' BA, which launched in 2018, and the new, innovative BA Online with FutureLearn from 2019.
Catharine is an active historian of health and medicine, specifically psychiatry and institutions. Interested in both medical and digital humanities, Catharine’s recent publications include Why Talk about Madness? Bringing History into the Conversation, a short intervention book (Palgrave/Springer, 2020); Insanity, Identity and Empire (Manchester UP, 2015), and recent contributions to edited book collections about geographies of mobility; disability and institutional records; and mental illness and its containment. She is the sole author of 4 books, the co-editor of 6 books, and has produced 29 book chapters and 22 refereed journal articles. She is CI2 on two ARC Discovery Projects, ‘Silent Treatment: The impact of solitary confinement on wellbeing’, with the University of Tasmania, and ‘The Development of Australian Community Psychiatry’, with the University of Sydney.
Before joining the University of Newcastle in late 2015, Catharine was based at the University of Waikato where she held roles as Professor (from 2014), Associate Dean Graduate and Postgraduate (2012-2015), and the Faculty’s Performance Based Research Fund Coordinator (2014), also playing a role on the TEC’s PBRF Sector Reference Group (2012). She has been a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund Panel for the Humanities (2019; 2012-2015). Her ambition for DASSH is that it becomes a more visible advocate for the humanities, social science and creative fields of study in the current and future higher education sector in Australia and New Zealand with industry and government partners.