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Walsh, Dr Barbara

Senior Lecturer; Associate Dean, International and Work Integrated Learning

Faculty of Arts & Design
Bldg, Floor & Room: 20B10
Telephone: (02) 6201 2648
Facsimile: (02) 6201 2630


Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean

Barbara is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and the Associate Dean for International and Work Integrated Learning. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Secretary of the NSW/ACT Committee for the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and a member of the Education Advisory Group for the Mindframe National Media Initiative.

Prior to becoming an academic Barbara had a 25-year career in public relations and corporate communications. This included working as an Account Director for PR Consultancies in Sydney and London, managing her own consultancy in Sydney and managing Corporate Communications Branches in senior-level Director and General Manager roles in the APS in Canberra. Before joining UC in 2009 she was an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University teaching into its postgraduate Masters of Organisational Communication.

Areas of Teaching

  • Work Integrated Learning, professional practice and social responsibility
  • Communication industry and community projects
  • Corporate and strategic communication

Research Interests

  • Work integrated learning
  • Work integrated learning and social responsibility
  • Public sector communication
  • Critical public relations


  • FHEA (Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • PhD (Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, UC)
  • MA (Org Comm), Charles Sturt University

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Walsh, B (2018). Work integrated learning, professional identity development and social responsibility. J. Higgs et al. (Eds.), Education for Employability: Learning for Future Possibilities. Sense-Brill Publishers (In press).

Journal Articles

  • Walsh, B; Hope, C; Skehan, J (2014). Social responsibility, public relations and pedagogy: Student perceptions using mental illness as a case study. Ethical Space, August 2014 [*A*].
  • Wilson, A; Akerlind, G: Walsh, B; Stevens, B; Turner, B (2013). Making ‘professionalism’ meaningful to students in higher education, Studies in Higher Education, October. [*A*].
  • Simmons, P and Walsh, B (2012). Public relations and organisational justice: More fairness or just more cooperation? 1(2), 1---17, Journal of Public Relations Inquiry, Sage.
  • Simmons, P and Walsh, B (2010). Disliking public relations: Democratic ideals and the habits of ethical communicators. Ethical space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 7(4), 13--19 [*A*].

Book Reviews

  • Walsh, B (2012).Book Review, Journal of Communication Management: The Practice of Government Public Relations, Lee, Neeley and Stewart (Eds).

Conference Papers

  • Walsh, B, Hope, C and Lowthe, S (2012). Public Relations and Social Responsibility: PR student perceptions of their role in the public discourse on complex social issues such as mental illness and suicide. Research Colloquium at the PRIA World Forum, Melbourne, 18 November 2012.
  • Walsh, B (2012). Structure and Agency, Power and Democracy: public sector communications leadership in the Australian Government. International Conference on Communication and Media 2012, Penang, 1-3 November 2012.
  • Akerlind, Wilson, and Walsh, B (2012). Learning and teaching of generic skills and graduate attributes: 'professionalism' as a case example. Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Wales, UK, 12-14 December 2012.
  • Simmons, P and Walsh, B (2011). Being Fair: Exploring the integration of justice and public relations. Refereed paper presented to Congrés Internacional de Relacions Pú bliques, Barcelona, June.
  • Simmons, P and Walsh, B (2010). Disliking Public Relations: democratic ideals and the habits of ethical communicators. Refereed paper presented to the annual conference, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, Canberra, July.


  • May 2012: UC Faculty of Arts and Design Microlinkage Grant (with Cathy Hope and the Hunter Institute for Mental Health): Public Relations and Social Responsibility: PR student perceptions of their role in the public discourse on complex social issues such as mental illness and suicide.
  • September 2011: UC Teaching and Learning Centre Blended Learning Hothouse Grant; designated a University of Canberra "Innovative Teaching and Learning Leader"


  • March 2011: Dean's Excellence Award (Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra)
  • 2013: Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award: University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Consultation Times for International Students

3.00-4.30pm Fridays

Room 9B41T: + 61 2 6201 2648