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Dr. Susan Hillock

Associate Professor

Educational Background

  • PhD (Social Work Education) Memorial University
  • MEd (Adult Education) University of New Brunswick
  • BSW Saint Thomas University
  • BA (English and History) Mount Allison University

General Background

Susan has worked in clinical practice for over 25 years.  She has primarily worked with adult and children assault survivors, families coping with chronic emotional, health, and palliative care issues, people experiencing loss and grief, adolescents and families involved in the corrections' system, and caregivers. Her clinical experience has included work in probation, victim/witness programs, child protection, physical/emotional rehabilitation, hospital social work, and palliative care.  She has also provided professional training, supervision, and consultation for over 25 years in the fields of adult education, team assessment/ building, and community mental health. At BSW and MSW levels, and in field instruction and social activism, her education and practice methods stem from feminist, critical theory, structural, queer, and anti-oppressive frameworks. 

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Exploring equality and social justice
  • Promoting social change
  • Studying how privilege and experiences of oppression play out in the classroom and in the field

Scholarly Production and Conference Presentations

Academic Excellence

2010- Awarded as a Memorial University of Newfoundland “Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies” for her doctoral research work and academic excellence in the MUN doctoral social work program.

Refereed Publications

Hillock, S. (December, 2013). Understanding Oppression:The Use of Metaphor. Critical Social Work. http: // www1.uwindsor.ca/ criticalsocialwork/ 2013 Volume14No2.

Pecora, K. & Hillock, S. (2013). Rebecca’s story: Family violence interventions and strategies. Kelowna. B.C.: Multieducational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching. www.merlot.org.

Hillock, S.. Hawken, A., Lewis, A., Kaidannek, S., Robertson, K., & Yurick, T. (2013). Introduction to Feminist Counselling. Kelowna, B.C.: Multieducational Resouces for Learning and Online Teaching. www.merlot.org. 

Hillock, S. (2012). Conceptualizations and Experiences of Oppression: Gender Differences. Afflia. 27(1), 35-47.

Hillock, S. (2011). Conceptualizing oppression: Resistance narratives for social work. Doctoral thesis. St. John’s: Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Hillock , S. & Profitt, N.J. (2007). Developing a practice and andragogy of resistance: Structural praxis inside and outside of the classroom. Canadian Social Work Review. 24 (1). Ottawa: CASSW, 39-54.

Hillock, S. (2005). Minority sensitive practice. In F. Turner (ed.). Canadian Encyclopedia of Social Work. Toronto: Wilfred Laurier Press. 241-243. 

Hillock, S. (2005). Radical social work. In F. Turner (ed.). Canadian Encyclopedia of Social Work. Toronto: Wilfred Laurier Press, 316-317. 

Articles Submitted to Refereed Journals

Hillock, S. (October, 2013). Resistance narratives for social work. Anti-oppressive Social Work (under review).

Published Books

Pecora, K. & Hillock, S. (2013). Rebecca’s story: Family violence interventions and strategies. Kelowna. B.C.: Multieducational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching. www.merlot.org.

Books Pending Publication

Hillock, S. & Mule, N. (2014). Queering Social Work. Toronto: UBC Press.

Hillock. S. (2015). Anti-oppressive Social Work Family Practice. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Hillock, S. (2014). From absence to presence: Queers positioning themselves. In S.Hillock & N. Mule (eds.). Queering Social Work. Vancouver: UBC Press (under review).

Hillock, S. (2014). Queering social work.In S.Hillock & N. Mule (eds.). Queering Social Work. Vancouver: UBC Press (under review).

Book Reviewer (2012)

Marsiglia, Flavio Francisco, & Kulis, Stephen. (2009). Culturally Grounded Social Work: Diversity, Oppression, and Change. Chicago: Lyceum Books.

Mullaly, Bob. (2009). Challenging Oppression: A Critical Social Work Approach 2nd Ed. Toronto: Oxford University.

Refereed Journal Article Reviewer

Canadian Social Work Review (2011, 2006).

Journal Editor (2013)

Consulting Editor for AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

*AFFILIA is the only peer-reviewed, scholarly social work journal to address the concerns of social workers and service users from feminist perspectives. AFFILIA is ranked in the top third in all Women's Studies and top half of all Social Work journals.

Consulting Editor for  Journal of Social Science Studies.

Refereed International and National Conference Presentations

Technology Crossroads: Dinosaurs at the Helm? CASWE Conference. Kitchener Waterloo, May 2012.

The Challenge of Creating Anti-oppressive Classrooms. Ryerson University School of Social Work’s Structural Social Work Conference. Sept.29 & 30, 2006, Toronto, Ontario.

Creating Classrooms as Sites of Resistance. World Education Conference. UVic., Victoria, B.C. Nov. 20-23, 2003.

British Columbia Conference Presentations

(May 7 and 8, 2014). Using Technology And Innovation To Make Assignments Matter.10th Annual Learning Conference, Reflecting on Scholarly Approaches, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, B. C. (accepted).

Keynote Speaker. Queering the Front-line: Diversity in Practice. ARC Programs Ltd. B.C. Interior Regional Training Day, Naramata, B.C., November 8, 2013.

(April 23, 2014). Keynote Speaker. Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation Strategies. Ogopogo Rotary Club, Kelowna, B.C. 

Keynote Speaker. Diversity and Community: Challenges To Volunteer Recruitment. Ogopogo Rotary Club, Kelowna, B.C., June 26, 2013.

A Ton of Feathers in a Chilly Climate: Doctoral Reflections. Panel Presentation on Gender Equity at UBC-O: Social Justice and Leadership. UBC-O Faculty Association, Oct. 20, 2010. 

Teaching the Elderly: Gifts and Challenges. 4th Annual Interior Health Association Research Conference. Kelowna, B.C. March 27, 2009.

Keynote Speaker. Powering Over: Local Behaviors and Global Oppression. Penticton & Area Women’s Center’s Annual Conference. April 26, 2006.

Dismantling the Boundaries Between Teachers and Learners. UBC-O 2nd Annual Learning Conference. Kelowna, B.C. May, 4& 5, 2006.

Setting the Stage to Maximize Learner- Centered Outcomes. UBC-O Learning Conference, From the Inside Out. Kelowna, B.C. May, 2005.

Social Work In the Emergency: Making The Case. Okanagan University College (OUC) BSW 4th Annual Research Conference. Kelowna, B.C. March 28, 2003.

Resistance to Oppression. OUC BSW Third Annual Research Conference. February 15, 2002.

UBC- O/ OUC School of Social Work Presentations:

Diffusing Aggression. UBC-Okanagan, School of Social Work (2005- 2010).

Suicide Intervention. UBC-Okanagan, School of Social Work (2005 – 2010).

Resistance to Oppression. Social Work Orientation. UBC- Okanagan. Sept. 2006.

Social Work and Spirituality. Dr. Tim Schroeder and Rev. Albert Baldeo, UBC- Okanagan. Mar. 30, 2006.

Critical Thinking. OUC BSW Advanced Field Instructors. Kelowna, B.C. March 2003.

Power in the Social Work Classroom. OUC BSW Student Orientation. Kelowna, B.C. Sept. 2003.

OUC Field Integration Seminars- Stress Management, Relaxation, Conflict Resolution, Diffusing Aggression, Learning Contracts, and Professional Behavior. (2001- 2005).

UBC-Okanagan University-wide Presentations:

How to Write for Social Work. Workshop for UBC- O Students, March 2006 and 2007.

Suicide Intervention. Training for UBC-O First Nations Peer Support Network (2005, 2006, and 2007).

Atlas.ti Training (2003). Qualitative data analysis training for the Faculty of Health and Social Development. UBC-Okanagan.

UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work Discussion Papers

Hillock. S. (2012). Merit and PSA Criteria and Recommendations. UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work.

Hillock. S. (2010). How to Succeed in the BSW: Achieving Student Excellence. UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work.

Hillock. S. (2008). Teaching Excellence. Report for Accreditation. UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work.

Hillock. S. (2007). Curriculum Screen for Diversity Issues. Report for Accreditation.
UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work.

Hillock, S. (2006). Social Work Faculty Survey on Teaching Excellence. UBC-Okanagan School of Social Work.

Hillock. S. (2005). Structural Social Work Clinical Intervention: A Case Study. Masters’ Program Development. OUC School of Social Work.

Hillock. S. (2004). Postmodernism and Social Work Teaching .OUC School of Social Work.

Community Development, Service, and Leadership

Rotary International Ogopogo Club Kelowna Director: Membership and Diversity Committee (2013- present).

Kelowna Senior's Outreach Volunteer (2013).

Rotary International Member: Ogopogo Club Kelowna (2012- present).

Director and Board member of the Kelowna Hospice Foundation (2012-2013)

Director and Board member of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (2011-2013)

Board member of the Kelowna Women’s Resource Center (2008- 2010)

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Social Work - Susan Hillock

Susan Hillock
Associate Professor
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