Dr. Delores V. Mullings

Dr. Delores Mullings

Associate Professor

Chair in Teaching and Learning

School of Social Work
St. John's College
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Tel: 709-864-3419
Email: dmullings@mun.ca

Dr. Delores V. Mullings is an associate professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the School of Social Work's Chair in Teaching and Learning. Her research, teaching and practice are grounded in a critical race perspective. She has over 20 years of practice experience working with assaulted women and children, homeless people and immigrants. Her research interests and experience from a policy analysis perspective focus on the racist discourse and practice at the Canadian Human Right Tribunal (CHRT), the employment discrimination of racialized people in Canadian society, the labour market segmentation of domestic workers, health and social needs of older Caribbean people and the experiences of foster parents working for the state. She has taught courses in social work foundation, social policy analysis, social justice and aging. She is currently pursuing research aimed at influencing structural changes at the CHRT, settlement and integration experiences of new immigrants in St John's and end of life concerns for older people in rural Newfoundland.

Selected Courses Taught:

  • Social Justice and Vulnerable Population - 47-621
  • Social Change and Social Movements - 4J04
  • Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice - SLWK6001
  • Intervention with Families - SLWK6500
  • Disability Policy - SLWK4380
  • Social Work and Aging - SLWK3320.03
  • Social Policy Analysis, SK641
  • Social Welfare Policies and Programs, SWP022
  • Advanced Social Work Theory, SWP50A
  • Advanced Social Work Practice, SWP51A
  • Foundation of Social Work, SWP013

Research Interests:

  • Immigrant women, impact of immigration on health
  • Employment Equity and racialized women and men in Canada
  • Motivating factors that leads to institutionalization of older Caribbean Canadians
  • Health and Social Needs of Jamaican Canadian Elders
  • The reproduction of racism through discourse and practice in the Canadian Human Right Tribunal adjudication process
  • Labour market discrimination
  • Social policy analysis
  • Critical review of anti-oppressive social work
  • Labour market segmentation and working for the state in a caring role - foster parenting and the issues of wage labour

Selected Publications:

  • Mullings, D. V. (2016). Caring for older Black LGBTQ people: A new challenge for the social work profession. In Susan Hillock and Nick Mulé (eds.), Queering social work education (pp. 205-226). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
  •  Mullings, D. V., Morgan, A & **Kere Quelleng, H. (2016). Canada the great white north where anti-black racism thrives: Kicking down the doors and exposing the realities. Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, 53(1), 20-41.
  • Mullings, D.V. & Anderson, W.J. (2015). Vulnerable, but Resilient: Sharing the Stories of Newcomers in Labrador [video].
  • Mullings, D. V. (2015). Bridging the learning gap: Cross-cultural learning and teaching through distance. World Journal of Education, 5(2), 1-9.
  • Mullings, D. V. (2014). The racial institutionalization of whiteness in contemporary Canadian public policy. In Veronica Watson, Deirdre Howard-Wagner and Lisa Spanierman (eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations (115-140). New York, NY: Lexington Books. ISBN978-0739192962 (25 pages)
  • Mullings, D. V. (2013). Community service learning: A teaching tool to help students acknowledge their own racism. Race Equality and Teaching, 32(1), 15-21.
  • Mullings, D.V. & Gien, L. (2013). Culturally competent (appropriate) health and long-term care services for older immigrants in small urban center of Newfoundland. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention 2(9), 81-89.
  • Mullings, D. V. & Mullings-Lewis, R. (2013). How Black mothers “successfully” raise children in the “hostile” Canadian climate. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 4(2), 105-119.
  • Matsuoka, A., Guruge, S., Koehn, s., Beaulieu, M., & Ploeg, J. with Lithwick, M., Manuel, L., Mullings, D., Roger, K., Spencer, C., tyyska, V., Walsh, C., & Gomes, F. (2013). Prevention of abuse of older women in the post-migration context in Canada. The Canadian Review of Social Policy.
  • Mullings, D. V. (2012). Racism in Canadian social policy. In Anne Westhues (ed.), Canadian Social Policy 5th (95-113). Kitchener: On. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-155458-409-3 (18 pages).
  • Mullings, D. V. (May 2012). The racial institutionalization of whiteness in contemporary Canadian public policy. In Nicky Falkof & Oliver Cashman-Brown (eds.), Critical Issues /series 'Ethos' – On Whiteness, volume 190 (355-343). Oxford: UK, Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN 978-1-84888-105-1 (8 pages).
  • Mullings, D. V. (2011). Culturally competent long-term care services for immigrant seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador: What does the future hold and what is the vision for care? Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador with Seniors Bridging Cultures. St John’s: Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mullings, D.V. (2010). Temporary mothering: Grieving the loss of foster children when they leave. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, 1(2), 165-176
  • Mullings, D. (2007). Mothering White children: An African Canadian woman’s experience. The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM). 9(7).
  • Mullings, D.V. (2006). Policy needs of older Caribbean Canadian women: A long term care discussion. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, 5, 143-158.
  • Mullings, D.V. (2004). Situating Older Caribbean Canadian Women in Feminist Research: A Reflection. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. 22 (2), 134-139.
  • Globerman, J., White, J., Mullings, D., & MacKenzie-Davies, J. (2004). Thriving in program management environments: The case of social work in hospitals. Social Work In Health Care, 38 (1), 1-18.

Selected Abstracts and/or Papers Read:

  • Nova Scotia Association of Black Social Workers Conference, Darmouth Nova Scotia, (September 23-27, 2009). Title: The Canadian Human Right Tribunal adjudication process: Twenty ways to justify using the term “Black Bitch.”
  • Canadian Political Science Association, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 81 Conference, Ottawa Ontario, (May 27-29, 2009). Title: Shaping A Just Society: Recreating Racism Using Canadian Human Rights policies.
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work National Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 2008 (May 22-25) Title: ‘Dis’rupting the proposed neutrality in language: Exorcizing the ghost of diversity (Co-Author)
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work National Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 2008 (May 22-25). Title: Teaching anti-oppression: social location and subject position in the classroom (Co-Author)
  • The 7th Annual Critical Race Studies Conference Of Researchers And Academics Of Colour For Equality (R.A.C.E.), Toronto, Ontario, (May 3-4, 2007). Title: Those that are Othered— Claiming and Maintaining Space in the Academy
  • Association of Research on Mothering (ARM), Toronto, Ontario. The Mother Lode: A complete celebration of Motherhood (Oct 26-29, 2006). Title: Mothering White children: An African Canadian woman’s perspective
  • The 7th biennial. Caribbean and International Social Work Educators Conference, Kingston, Jamaica (August 5-8, 2005) Title: Policy needs of Caribbean Canadian elders.
  • The 7th biennial. Caribbean and International Social Work Educators Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, (August 5-8, 2005) Title: Circumstances that influence the institutionalization of older Caribbean Canadians
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work - Re-imagining Social Work: Seeing both Forest and Trees, London, Ontario, (May 29-June 2, 2005) Title: Incorporating “Best Practice” with older Jamaica Canadians
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work - Re-imagining Social Work: Seeing both Forest and Trees, London, Ontario, (May 29-June 2, 2005) Title: Incorporating Older Caribbean Canadian women in feminist research: Where do they stand?
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work: Confluence, Winnipeg, (May 29-June 1, 2004). Title: The Confluence of Jamaican Canadian Cultures
  • Ryerson School of Social Work, Toronto, Ontario - Transforming Social Work Creating Space for Anti-Oppression & Social Justice Practices: A Participatory Conference (May 26 and 27, 2004) Title: Naming Practice Issues in Anti-Oppression & Social Justice [group facilitation]
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario – Voices From the Front: Challenges of Bridging Theory into Practice (Sept. 20, 2004).

Invited Presentations:

  • 2009 - Key Note Address 1st Annual Anti-Oppression Education Student forum, School of Social Work, McMaster University.
  • 2008 - Anti-Oppression training – Racialized and culturally diverse foster children and foster parents’ Children Aids Society of Halton, Oakville Ontario.
  • 2007 - Keynote address December 6 Memorial, Ryerson University.
  • 2005 – Keynote address Jamaican Elders and Spirituality, Mount Zion Apostolic Ministries, Toronto Ontario.
  • 2004 – Keynote address, The challenges of African Canadians Students in the Educational Environment, Light and Life Ministries, Toronto Ontario.


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