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Associate Professor; Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

A journalist for more than 40 years, working in Australia and the UK, Sue Joseph (PhD) began working as an academic, teaching print journalism at the University of Technology Sydney in 1997. As a Senior Lecturer, she taught in journalism and creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction writing.
Now as Associate Professor, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, doctoral supervisor at the University of Sydney, Central Queensland University and the University of Technology Sydney, and holds an Adjunct position at Avondale University.
Her fourth book, Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers, was released in 2016. She is co-editor with Professor Richard Keeble of: Sex and Journalism: Critical, Global Perspectives (2019); Profile Pieces: Journalism and the ‘Human Interest’ Bias (2015) and Profiling Handbook (2015). And co-editor of two texts on memoir with Drs Bunty Avieson and Fiona Giles: Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir (2018); and Still Here: Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss (2019). She is co-editor with Dr Willa McDonald and Professor Matthew Ricketson of a new Palgrave book series, Literary journalism around the globe: traditions, theories and concerns, and Joint Editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of South Australia; Central Queensland University; UTS; University of Sydney


  • 2008 
    UTS, PhD
  • 1997 
    UTS, Masters


  • 2016
    Behind the Text: candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers, Hybrid Publishers
  • 2012
    Speaking Secrets Sex and Sexuality as Public Property, Alto Books
  • 1997
    She's My WIfe, He's Just Sex, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Invisible Walls: Poetry as a Doorway to Intercultural Understanding
    Team member
    Funding Source:
    Australia Korea Foundation
  • 2016
    Owning the Rubric
    Team member
    Funding Source:
    Office for Learning and Teaching
  • 2015
    The Ethical HDR Supervision of Literary Journalism: managing long form trauma narrative within the Australian tertiary sector
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)