Prof Sarah Paddle



Honorary Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Off-Campus (Home)


Professor Sarah Paddle previously held the rold of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. Sarah lead the teaching and learning portfolio within the Faculty of Arts and Education, including support for the Deakin student experience. Her achievements include:
innovation in course development;
high level support for Faculty-led curriculum renewal;
strengthened regional, national and global connections in curriculum and partnerships;
recognition for student and staff achievements in teaching and learning;
leadership in the Faculty's engagement with research - led teaching.

Prior to taking on that role, Sarah taught History and Australian Studies at Deakin. Sarah trained in the fields of history and education at Monash and the University of London. She has also worked in short term appointments in China and Japan. She has played a national role in shaping how we think about teaching, and the leadership of teaching and learning, especially in the Arts and Humanities. Over the last five years, she has generated funding for the portfolio from internal and external grants totalling $2,924 million.

Other roles:
Co-Convenor of the national network of Associate Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, from 2009 2010
Lead investigator on a national applied research project on the work of Associate Deans funded by this network, and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Chair of the state-wide panel for the review of the Victorian Liberal Arts Diploma curriculum in 2012.
Funding for significant scholarly research and applied projects in teaching and learning over four years which have totalled $2,924 million.
Lead academic for five internally funded programs in 2012 supported by the Federal Governments Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPPS: Deakin University DUPPP), totalling $430,000.
Faculty level program on student retention and success funded at $120,000.

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Research interests

Sarah Paddles research interests include gender in history, Australian women's history, and writing cross-cultural histories on women in Australia, Britain and China. Her PhD was in British cultural history and reform movements of the late nineteenth century.

Recent research includes a study of Australian women and China over the last two centuries. The Australia-China Council funded joint research with Associate Professor Li Ping, from Remnin University, Beijing. Recent publications include studies of Western feminists, colonisation and international citizenship, and the Chinese slave girl campaigns of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sarah Paddle has also edited a collection of postwar journalism with Deborah Jordan, University of Queensland, titled Theres a Woman in the House. A 1950s Journey. She has taught in a range of units in the History major, and over the last decade has taught Australian Studies and Women's Studies in short courses in both China and Japan.
Current research is on Australian women missionaries who went to China from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Professional activities

Member:National Network of Associate Deans Teaching and Learning in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2013
Chair Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee
Chair Associate Heads of School (Teaching and Learning)
Member:University Teaching and Learning Committee
Member:Academic Board
Member: Faculty Board


Awards include:
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership in the Faculty (2010)
Partner in four Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) national competitive program grants 2008-2013.


Missions and Modernity; China and Australia
Biography of Ethel Reid


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To save the women of China from fear, opium and bound feet : Australian women missionaries in early twentieth-century China

S Paddle

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 67-82, Itinerario : international journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction, Cambridge, England, C1


Bringing liberty to the captives of China : Western women's missions, feminism and Chinese responses

S Paddle

(2006), pp. 1-31, 2nd Biennial ANU Missionary History Conference : Asia-Pacific missionaries : at home and abroad, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T., E1


The limits of sympathy: international feminists and the Chinese 'slave girl' campaigns of the 1920s and 1930s

S Paddle

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 1-22, Journal of colonialism and colonial history, Baltimore, Md., C1


`For the China of the future`. Western feminists, colonisation and international citizenship in China in the inter-war years

S Paddle

(2001), Vol. 16, pp. 325-341, Australian feminist studies, Abingdon, England, C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


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