Dr Renae Summers

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Science South (357)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am passionate about supporting students to develop the knowledge and skills required for social work practice, so they can contribute to social justice and work towards social change. My PhD research explored young African refugees' experiences in South Australia. I have primarily worked in refugee resettlement. I have also worked in community health, palliative care and alternative care.


2015 Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia

2011 Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of South Australia

2004 Bachelor of Social Work with first class Honours, University of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants

2021 Flinders EPSW Teaching Excellence Award

2016 UniSA EASS High Achievement in Student Evaluation Attainment Award - Undergraduate Teaching

2016 UniSA Teaching Excellence and Leadership Program

2008 - 2010 UniSA Full Spectrum Scholarship recipient

Teaching interests

Social work practice

Social work theory

Practice skills

Group work

Community development

Topic coordinator
SOAD9226 Social Work with Groups and Communities