- Indigenous Studies
- Social Sciences
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway
- community information services
- Indigenous engagement and libraries
- social capital and libraries
- Indigenous governance
- Indigenous engagement and retention
Mary-Rose commenced her degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in 1996—the first year of operation. As a full-time single mum and needing to work part time it took six years of half-time study to complete a BA, receiving a Dean’s Commendation and the Chancellors Medal. A first class honours degree was awarded in 2006 (again part time). Most of the research undertaken since then has been contracted out by local government and hence has been tabled with local government committees rather than academic publications.
At USC Mary-Rose has taught across both the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law and the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering as a sessional lecturer and tutor since 2002 teaching Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) level, first year compulsory courses, and advanced level courses. Most recently Mary-Rose is appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Communication involved in the delivery of a very large COR unit — Communication and Thought.
- Chancellor's Medal, USC (2003)