Senior Lecturer in Sociology, National Teaching Fellow 2020
My pedagogical interests focus on teaching diversity and creating powerful learning environments. My curricula approaches include 'threshold concepts', interdisciplinary approaches, arts-based learning and visual teaching methods.
Current projects include pedagogical research in Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity. I am a Senior Fellow of Advance HE.
- Winner of Advance HE Teaching Excellence Award 2020
- National Teaching Fellow 2020
- Member of Association of National Teaching Fellows
Teaching and supervision
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Criminology
- BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
- MSc Inequality and Society
- MSc Practice Development
I am Module Leader for:
- SSC M17 Risk, Austerity and Neo Liberalism
- SSC M25 Inequailties, Diversity and Intersectionality: Theory and Practice
I also teach on the following modules:
- Introduction to Social Theory (Level 4)
- Inequalities, Diversity and Society (Level 4)
- Social Problems (Level 4)
- Gender, Diversity and Human Rights: Global Perspectives (Level 5)
- Sex, Families and Construction of Personal Lives (Level 5)
- Gender, Sexuality and Identity (Level 6)
- Youth Gender and Cultural Identities (Analysis of Film and Literature) (Level 6)
Research interests for potential research students
I am an examiner of thesis in 'race' and racism in the North East and I'm interested in supervising projects in non-normative family types, children raised in same sex parental families, domestic violence, feminist praxis, gender, class, ethnic and disability inequalities and human rights.
My MA in Women's Studies (Applied) included exploration of the Criminal Justice response to women who kill violent partners. I was on the editorial team for two edited collections on the issues of domestic violence and child abuse. My first major project in the North East was a collaborative study with University of Sunderland and University of Gothenburg on Fatherhood and Masculinities which explored men and women's perceptions of fatherhood. My PhD research focused on families with the focus on lesbian couples, motherhood and parental/family identities.
Since then, I have delivered conference papers on: motherhood social impact of reproductive technologies, feminist methodologies, ethnicity culture and familial identities, 'race', ethnicity, culture, families and emotionality in research practice.
My ESRC Festivals of Social Sciences included Mum's the Word:Celebrating Motherhood Voices and my current collaboration with Thought Foundation Community Arts project is a series of events on Nature Nurture Future.
My current research project is about Pedagogies, Diversity and Difficult Moments in Teaching and Learning. This work explores the difficult issues in classroom identity dynamics when teaching diversity in a diverse world.
Quaid, Sheila (2018) Vote 100. British Sociological Association Blog.
Quaid, Sheila and Ravetz, Joe (1992) An Expert System to Advise on Sex and Marital Discrimination. Information Technology and the Human Services., 6 (3). pp. 5-11. ISSN 0959-0684
Quaid, Sheila (2018) Mothering in an Age of Austerity. In: Austerity Policies – Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-79119-7
Quaid, Sheila (2017) Reflections on Reading Spare Rib: Personal and Political. In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1
Quaid, Sheila (2013) Lesbian Mothering and Risky Choices; ‘Dangerous’ New forms of love and kinship. In: Constructing Risky Identities. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137276070
Quaid, Sheila (2001) The Criminal Justice Response to Women who Kill. In: Home Truths about Domestic Violence. Routledge, London, pp. 153-167. ISBN 9780415241564
Quaid, Sheila (2001) The criminal justice response to women who kill An interview with Helena Kennedy Sheila Quaid and Catherine Itzin. In: Home Truths About Domestic Violence. Routledge. ISBN 9780415241564
Smith, Angela and Quaid, Sheila Introduction to Re-Reading Spare Rib. In: Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7
Wilcock, Angela and Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology CASS. Working Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.
Kearney, Jeremy, Mansson, Sven-Axel, Plantin, Lars and Quaid, Sheila (2000) Fatherhood and Masculinities A comparative study of the ideals and realities of fatherhood and masculinity in Britain and Sweden. Project Report. University of Sunderland Press, Centre for research and Practice University of Sunderland.
Conference or Workshop Item
Quaid, Sheila (2021) The Future, Reproductive Autonomy, Choice and Care: Narratives on life and future from women who are not mothers. In: British Sociology Association Annual Conference 2021, 13 April 2021, Online. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2020) Care, Choice, Reproductive Autonomy and the Future: The case of M/otherhood. In: CASS Seminar Series, 28 Oct 2020, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2019) M/Otherhood: We are all invested in the Future: Narratives from Women who are not Mothers. In: Parenting: Nature Nurture Future 3, 9 November 2019, Thought Foundation Community Arts Birtley Gateshead.
Quaid, Sheila (2019) International focus on Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. In: XI AFIN International Conference: Towards Reproductive (IN)Justice?: Mobilities, Technologies, Labourings & Decisions, 2nd to 6th September 2019, University of Granada Spain.
Quaid, Sheila (2019) Interdisciplinarity and The Power of the Visual in Research Practice and in Sociological Pedagogy. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 26/4/19 #britsoc2019, 26/4/19, Glasgow Caledonian University. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2019) Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019, 23- 26th April 2019, Glascow Caledonian University.
Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018 - Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2018) Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families: Poster presentation. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila and Wilcock, Angela (2016) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Post Graduate Forum Closer to Home: Emotional Dilemmas in Research., 15 May 2016, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Identities and Kinship in Donor Conceived Lesbian Led Families. In: Making parents? Parenting culture meets reproductive technology at Roehampton conference, 11 Dec 2015, University of Roehampton. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: University of Sunderland Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 3 Jul 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Has Homophobia Decreased Since the 1980s? In: Student Union Conference for International Day Against Homophobia, 15 May 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Defining the Self: Identities, Interconnections, Kinship and Belonging in Lesbian Led Families. In: The British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015, 15-17 Apr 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: The North East Three Rivers Consortium 2015, 27 Mar 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Quaid, Sheila (2015) Mothering under Austerity. In: NRF Third Seminar Series 2015-16, 28 Jan 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Hammer, Jalna, Itzin, Catherine, Quaid, Sheila and Wigglesworth, Debra (2000) Home Truths about Domestic Violence : Feminist Influences on Policy and practice - A Reader. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415241564
Quaid, Sheila (1988) Women and men in Lancashire Polytechnic. Lancashire Polytechnic Press.
Quaid, Sheila (2008) Finding a Place: Negotiating Lesbian Parental Identities. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.
Quaid, Sheila (2016) Mums the Word. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
- Equality and diversity
- Sociology of families
- Ethnicity and 'race' in family studies
- Pedagogy for empowerment
- Feminist standpoint methodologies
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