Lecturer
Director of Postgraduate Programs

Location
Room 315, Level 3
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Contact Details
Email: a.hebbani@uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 8288
Fax: +61 7 3346 8299
 


Background

Aparna’s key research focus areas are: (a) refugee and asylum seeker settlement in Australia, (b) media representation of Muslims, asylum seekers, and refugees, and (c) intercultural and gender issues in the university environment. Her ability to conduct high quality research and secure collaborations are seen through her grant record, conference presentations, and high quality publications. She succeeded in leading a team which secured an ARC Linkage grant ($124,000) investigating refugee employment and intergenerational communication. Her research feeds into teaching courses which focus on conducting good research.

Aparna also serves on the Premier’s Queensland India Council, a State Government initiative designed to further the Queensland-India relationship to provide advice to the Treasurer and Minister for Trade on issues about trade, investment, education, science, tourism and culture.

Aparna has studied and lived in India and the U.S. Aparna was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where she taught undergraduate courses in Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Business Communication, and Organizational Communication. Upon moving to Australia, Aparna taught Organizational Behaviour at The University of Newcastle Graduate School of Business (including Hong Kong, Malaysia, and online).
 

Qualifications
  • PhD in Communication (University of Memphis)
  • M.A. in Communication (Western Kentucky University)
  • B.F.A in Applied Art (Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai)
     
Research Interests
  • intercultural communication
  • intergenerational communication
  • media representation of minorities in Australia
  • Australia-India business communication 
  • gender in higher education, and
  • impact of social media

Interested in studying for your PhD or MPhil?

Dr Hebbani is currently taking expressions of interest from potential RHD candidates. Contact her here to register your interest.


Methodological Expertise
  • researching marginalised communities
  • researching multicultural communities
  • ethnography
  • interviews
  • focus groups
  • participant observation


Research Higher Degree Supervision

 

Laya Matindoost: Thesis title, “Settlement experiences of first and second generation Iranian migrants (skilled and humanitarian) in Australia.” Primary supervisor: Dr. Aparna Hebbani. Associate supervisor: Dr. Levi Obijiofor.

 

Successful DBA supervision (at Newcastle Graduate School of Business)

2007     Perceived fairness of performance appraisal system, the role of social exchange, and the satisfaction with performance appraisal system: A case in China.

2006    What do subordinates consider important in evaluating their supervisors in upward appraisal in social service organizations in Hong Kong? 

2005    Careerist orientation of young engineers in Hong Kong. 

 

Selected Publications:
Hebbani, A., & Hendrix, K. (2014). Capturing the experiences of international teaching assistants in the U.S. American classroom.  New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2014(138), 61-72, doi: 10.1002/tl.20097. 
 
Hebbani, A. (2014). Impact of religious difference and unemployment/underemployment on Somali former refugee settlement in Australia.  Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 8(1). Available from Journal of Muslim Mental Health.
 
Hebbani, A. & van Vuuren, K. (Forthcoming 2014).  Exploring media platforms to serve the needs of the South Sudanese former refugee community in South-east Queensland.  Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Francois, A., Hebbani, A. & Rintel, S. (2013). Can University employees be trusted to self-regulate Facebook use at work? Media International Australia.

Hebbani, A., Obijiofor, L. & Bristed, H. (2013).  Navigating intercultural difference: Understanding the perspective of Sudanese former refugee women in Australia. In J. Marlowe, A. Harris & T. Lyons, South Sudanese diaspora in Australia and New Zealand. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hebbani, A. & Wills, C. (2012). How Muslim women in Australia navigate through media (mis)representations of hijab/burqa. Australian Journal of Communication, 39 (1), 89-102.

Hebbani, A. & Colic-Peisker, V. (2012). Communicating one’s way to employment: A case study of African settlers in Brisbane, Australia. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32 (1), 529-547.

Hebbani, A., Obijiofor, L. & Bristed, H. (2012). He said, she said: Gendered accounts of acculturation issues faced by Sudanese former refugees in Australia. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 28. Retrieved from http://www.immi.se/intercultural/

McDonald, L. M. & Hebbani, A. (2011). Back to the future: Is strategic management (re)emerging as public relations’ dominant paradigm? PRism 8(1): http://www.prismjournal.org/vol8_1.html

Hebbani, A., Obijiofor, L. & Bristed, H. (2010).  Intercultural communication challenges confronting female Sudanese former refugees in AustraliaAustralasian Review of African Studies, 31 (1), 37-61.

Hebbani, A., Obijiofor, L. & Bristed, H. (2009).  Generational differences faced by Sudanese refugee women settling in AustraliaIntercultural Communication Studies, 18 (1), 66-82.

Hebbani, A. G. (2009).  Putting my best foot forward (pp. 293-299) in Keyton, J. & Shockley-Zalabak, P. (3rd ed.) Case Studies in Organizational Communication, New York: Oxford Press.

Hebbani, A. & Frey, L. (2007).  The Intercultural Hiring Interview: Applying Uncertainty Reduction Theory to the Study of Nonverbal Communicative Behavior between Indian Applicants and U.S. Interviewers.  Intercultural Communication Studies, 16 (3), 36-52.

Hebbani, A. G. (2007).  You can’t “de-race” and “de-womanize” me: Experiences when you go globalNew Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2007 (101), 45-53.

Hendrix, K. G. & Hebbani, A. (2007).  The “Other” TA: An exploratory investigation of Graduate Teaching Assistants of Color (GTACS).  International and Intercultural Communication Annual, 30, 51-82.

Webb, L., Walker, K., Bollis, T. & Hebbani, A. (2003).  Perceived Parental Communication, Gender, and Young Adults' Self-Esteem: Male, Female, and Universal Path Models.  Published in Readings In Gender Communication edited by Backlund, P. & Williams, M., Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Hendrix, K. G. & Bulusu, A. (2002).  Instructional strategy-Teaching assistant workshop: Race, ethnicity, and nationality in the classroom.  In J. Trent (ed.). National Communication Association/American Association of Higher Education Diversity Monograph: Promoting the success of students of color in communication.  Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education
 
 

Selected Presentations

Hebbani, A. (2010, October).  Sudanese former refugees in Australia: Applying uncertainty reduction theory and similarity attraction hypothesis to explain some of the impact of cultural difference on their employment. Paper presented at the European Communication Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Van Vuuren, K., & Hebbani, A. (2010).  Investigating the role of Australian media in making Sudanese refugees feel “at home:” A case of advocating online media support to enable refugee settlement.  In Hayes, A. and Mason, R., (eds), Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Arts, Public Memory Research Centre, Toowoomba, Australia.  Available at: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/9189/

Hebbani, A., & McNamara, J. (2010).  Examining the impact of 'visible differences' on multiple marginalization of Somali and Sudanese former refugees in Australia. In K. McCallum (Ed.), Media, Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, Canberra, July 7-9. ISBN 987-1-74088-319-1 Available at: http://www.proceedings.anzca10.org

Hebbani, A. G. (2008).  Managing cross-cultural business: Presenting a rationale for studying Australia-India business communication. In E. Tilley (Ed.) Power & Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Wellington, July 9-11. ISSN 1179-0199. Available at: http://www.anzca.net/documents/anzca-08-1/refereed-proceedings-12/104-managing-cross-cultural-encounters-presenting-a-rationale-for-studying-australian-indian-business-c-1.html (will open as a PDF)

Athanasiou, S., Hebbani, A., Sawtell, A., Kefford, E., & Stacey, S. (2008).  An exploratory study of sexual imagery in Australian magazine advertising.  In E. Tilley (Ed.) Power & Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Wellington, July 9-11. ISSN 1179-0199. Available at: http://anzca08.massey.ac.nz/massey/depart/cob/conferences/anzca-2008/anzca08-papers.cfm

Bulusu, A. (2001, March).  The intercultural hiring interview: Applying uncertainty reduction theory to the study of nonverbal communicative behaviors between Indian applicants and U.S. interviewers.  Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association Convention (SSCA), Lexington, KY. 

Bulusu, A. (2000, March).  Uncertainty reduction theory in intercultural situations: A review of Gudykunst's work on URT.  Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association Convention (SSCA), New Orleans, LA.

Hendrix, K., Bulusu, A., & Johnson, O. (1999, November).  The “Other” TA: You know, graduate teaching assistants of color (GTACS).  Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Bulusu, A. (1998, July). Micro-environmental space and its effect on job satisfaction and communication. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Convention (ICA), Jerusalem, Israe

 

Research Grants

2012    Refugees employment aspirations and inter-generational communication about future occupational pathways - $124,000 (First CI on ARC Linkage Grant with Khawaja, Dr Nigar G; Colic-Peisker, Dr Val ; Obijiofor, Dr Levi M; Gallois, Em/Prof Cynthia)

2011    Examining refugee employment trajectories and the role of intergenerational communication in enabling settlement - $11,138 (UQ CIEF Grant)

2010    Refugees and Employment: Analysis of the experiences of multiple refugee residents in the employment sector - $3,500 (UQ FirstLink Grant)

2010    Empowering the Sudanese community: A project to improve community relations through a media platform - $7,000 (Sudanese Community Association of Queensland)

2009    Employment communication problems within the Sudanese refugee community – $10,000 (UQ New Staff Research Grant)

2008    Female perceptions and experiences of a career in Science and Engineering - $10,000 grant (UQ Teaching & Learning Grant)



Research Awards

2001: Bostrom Award (Top student paper) at the Southern States Communication Association Convention (SSCA), Lexington, KY.  For The intercultural hiring interview: Applying uncertainty reduction theory to the study of nonverbal communicative behaviors between Indian applicants and U.S. interviewers. 

2000: Top paper panelist: Communication Theory Division at the Southern States Communication Association Convention (SSCA), New Orleans, LA.  For Uncertainty reduction theory in intercultural situations: A review of Gudykunst's work on URT.

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