Assoc/Prof Rob Cover
Media and Communication
- Contact details
- Media and Communication
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 4305
- +61 8 6488 1030
- PhD Monash
- Rob is a Level D associate professor and Discipline Chair of Media and Communication, having joined The University of Western Australia in 2012. Originally educated at UWA in English and History, Rob completed his PhD in media theory and queer theory at Monash University (Melbourne), and subsequently taught media studies and cultural studies at Monash and the University of Melbourne.
He has also previously taught as lecturer in media studies at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand; 2003-2005) and as senior lecturer in Media at The University of Adelaide (2008-2011).
Between 2006 and 2007, Rob added to his professional experience by providing consultation, strategic communication advice and training to a number of Queensland State Government Departments, particularly in the areas of transitioning internal and inter-agency communication to digital environments, utilising networks to build staff communities, and handling media risk in digital media contexts.
He has written for a range of news publications, magazines and online sites, in addition to publishing creative fiction; in 1998 he was a Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre (Western Australia).
- Key research
- Rob researches and publishes in media, communication and cultural studies with a particular interest in gender, identity, selfhood, digital/interactive communication and belonging. His work can best be understood as falling under three areas:
- DIGITAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS THEORY
- How we can understand media and communications environments in the contexts of interactivity; social networking; digital story; new ways of representing ourselves online; gaming (both entertainment and serious games); and changing understandings of privacy; Representations of Sports Scandals
- IDENTITY, SUBJECTIVITY, CULTURE, COMMUNICATION AND POPULATIONS
- Minority and Migrant Media Publications; Community and Suburban Media and Community Development; Refugees and Representation; Debates about Population and Policy; Refugees, Migrants and Ethics of Vulnerability, Recognition and Welcome.
- QUEER THEORY AND YOUTH STUDIES
- Queer Youth Suicide and Culture/Identity; Suicide Theory; Digital Media and Younger Persons; Young Sportsplayers and Ethical Behaviours Off-field; Masculinities Studies.
Cover, Rob (under contract). Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Gender and Relationships in a Digital Era. London & New York: Routledge (manuscript due, March 2018).
Cover, Rob (2016). Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Self Online. Los Angeles: Elsevier. http://bit.ly/DigIdentities
Cover, Rob (2015). Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics. Crawley, WA: UWA Publishing. http://bit.ly/VulnExp
Cover, Rob (2012). Queer Youth Suicide, Culture & Identity: Unliveable Lives? London: Ashgate. http://bit.ly/Ashgate-QYS
JOURNAL ARTICLES (FULLY REFEREED, PEER REVIEWED)
Cover, Rob; Rasmussen, Mary Lou; Aggleton, Peter and Marshall, Daniel (2017). ‘Progress in Question: Temporalities of Politics, Support and Belonging in Sexual- and Gender-Diverse Pedagogies.’ Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Online.
Cover, Rob (2016). ‘Suicides of the Marginalised: Cultural Approaches to Suicide, Relationality and Mobility.’ Cultural Studies Review 22(2): 90-113.
Cover, Rob (2016). ‘Digital Difference: Theorising Frameworks of Bodies, Representation and Stereotypes in Digital Games.’ Asia Pacific Media Educator 26(1): 1-13.
Cover, Rob (2015). ‘Visual Hetero-Masculinities Online: Beyond Binaries and Sexual Normativities in Camera Chat Forums.’ Men and Masculinities, Special Issue: Heterodox Hetero Masculinities, ed. Christine Beasley.
Cover, Rob (2015). 'Queer theory, neoliberal homonormativity and social utility for queer writing on youth (suicide). ' TEXT, no. 31 (Special Issue: Beyond Australia Queer, ed. Jay Daniel Thompson and Dallas John Baker). http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue31/Cover.pdf
Cover, Rob (2015). ‘Mobility, Belonging and Bodies: Understanding Attitudes of Anxiety Towards Temporary Migrants in Australia.’ Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 29(1): 32-44.
Cover, Rob (2014). ‘Sexual Ethics, Masculinity and Mutual Vulnerability: Judith Butler’s Contribution to an Ethics of Non-Violence.’ Australian Feminist Studies 29(82): 435-451.
Cover, Rob (2014). ‘Temporary Migration, Corporeality and Conditional Multiculturalism: Body Odours, Stereotyping and Shame.’ ACRAWSA e-Journal 9(2). Avail. at: http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ejournalfiles/205Cover201325.pdf
Cover, Rob (2014). ‘Separating Work and Play: Privacy, Anonymity and the Politics of Interactive Pedagogy in Deploying Facebook in Learning and Teaching.’ Digital Culture & Education 6(1): 47-59. Avail. at: http://www.digitalcultureandeducation.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/cover.pdf
Cover, Rob (2014). ‘Population and Belonging: Performativity, Identity and (National) Relationality.’ New Scholar 3(1) (Special Issue: Belonging). Avail. at: http://www.newscholar.org.au/index.php/ns/article/view/cover_14/89
Torres Pinho, Amanda & Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Comunicação intercultural: um estudo de caso sobre brasileiros utilizando o inglês como segunda língua’ [Communicating Overseas: A Case Study about Brazilians using English As A Second Language]. IniciaCom 5(2). Avail. at: http://www.portcom.intercom.org.br/revistas/index.php/iniciacom/index
Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Queer Youth Resilience—Critiquing the Discourse of Hope and Hopelessness in LGBT Suicide Representation.’ M-C: Journal of Media and Culture. 16(5) http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/702
Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Conditions of Living: Queer Youth Suicide, Homonormative Tolerance and Relative Misery.’ Journal of LGBT Youth 10(4): 328-350.
Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Undoing Attitudes: Ethical Change in the Go Back to Where You Came From Documentary.’ Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 27(3): 408-420.
Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Reading the Remix: Methods for Researching and Analysing the Interactive Textuality of Remix.’ M-C: Journal of Media and Culture 16(4). Avail. at: http://www.journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/686
Cover, Rob (2013). ‘Suspended Ethics and the Team: Theorising Sportsplayers’ Group Sexual Assault in the Context of Identity.’ Sexualities 16(3-4): 300-318.
Cover, Rob and Prosser, Rosslyn (2013). ‘Memorial Accounts: Queer Young Men, Identity and Contemporary Coming Out Narratives Online.’ Australian Feminist Studies 28(5): 81-94.
Cover, Rob (2013). 'Community Print Media: Perceiving Minority Community in Multicultural South Australia.' Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 27(1): 110-123.
Cover, Rob (2012). ‘Digital Transitions: Minority Ethnic Community Media, Local/Home Hybridity and Digitisation of the Means of Communication.’ Australian Journal of Communication 39(2): 19-33.
Cover, Rob (2012). ‘Marriage: A “Couple” of Questions.’ Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology 8(3): 153-164
Cover, Rob (2012). ‘Transforming Scandal: The “St Kilda Schoolgirl”, Digital Media Activism and Social Change.’ Media International Australia, 143: 47-56.
Cover, Rob (2012). 'Mediating Suicide: Print Journalism and the Categorisation of Queer Youth Suicide Discourses. Archives of Sexual Behavior 41(5): 1173–1183.
Cover, Rob (2012). ' Performing and Undoing Identity Online: Social Networking, Identity Theories and the Incompatibility of Online Profiles and Friendship Regimes.' Convergence 18(2): 177-193.
Cover, Rob (2011). 'Recognition and Re-Cognition: Lesbian/Gay Identity and the Discourse Of Childhood Memory.' Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology 7(3).
Cover, Rob (2011). 'Generating the Self: The Biopolitics of Security and Selfhood in Star Trek: The Next Generation.' Science Fiction Film & Television 4(2): 205-224.
Cover, Rob (2011). 'The Chasm & the Abyss: Queer Theory and the Socialities of Queer Youth Suicide.' Interalia: Journal of Queer Studies 6: 1-22.
Cover, Rob (2011). 'Biopolitics and the Baby Bonus: Australia's National Identity, Fertility and Global Overpopulation.' Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 25(3): 439-451.
Cover, Rob (2011). 'Bliss and Time: Death, Drugs and Posthumanism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Slayage: The Online Journal of Buffy Studies 8(4). Avail. at: http://slayageonline.com/Numbers/slayage32.htm
Reid, Jay & Cover, Rob (2010). 'The Art of War Reporting: Embedded Journalism as Public Discourse.' Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 10(4). Avail. at: http://reconstruction.eserver.org/104/Reid_Cover_01.shtml
Cover, Rob (2010). 'Genomic Sexuality and Self: the Cultural Conditions for the ‘Uptake’ of Gay Gene Assertions.' Dialogue and Universalism 20(5-6): 59-76.
Cover, Rob (2010). 'Politicising Queer Issues and Activism: Disciplinarity, Biopolitics and the Means by which Activist Issues Enter the Public Sphere.' Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (Special Issue: Inventions of Activism), 10(3). Avail. at: http://reconstruction.eserver.org/103/Cover_01.shtml
Cover, Rob (2010). ‘Object(ives) of Desire: Romantic Coupledom versus Promiscuity, Subjectivity and Sexual Identity.’ Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 24(2): 251-263.
Cover, Rob (2007). ‘Gaming Addiction: The role of narrative and play in the production of the addiction myth’ Game Studies: International Journal of Computer Game Research 6(1). Avail. at: www.gamestudies.org
Cover, Rob (2006). ‘Audience Inter/Active: Interactive Media, Narrative Control & Reconceiving Audience History.’ New Media & Society 8(1): 213-232.
Cover, Rob (2006) ‘Producing Norms: Same-Sex Marriage, Refiguring Kinship and the Cultural Groundswell of Queer Coupledom’ Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 6(2), Spring http:// http://reconstruction.eserver.org/062/contents.shtml
Cover, Rob (2006) Review Essay: Donald E. Hall, Subjectivity. Subject Matters: A Journal of Communications and the Self 2(2).
Cover, Rob (2005) “DVD Time: Temporality, Interactivity and the New TV Culture of Digital Video” Media International Australia, No. 117 (November): 137-148.
Cover, Rob (2005). “(Re)Cognising the Body: Performativity, Embodiment and Abject Selves in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” : AesthethikaC Journal (Special Issue on ‘Spaces of the Body’), 2(1): 68-83.
Cover, Rob (2005). ‘Not To Be Toyed With: Drugs Addiction, Bullying and Self Empowerment in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.’ Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 19(1): 85-101.
Cover, Rob (2005). ‘Political Suicide: GLBT Politics, Human Rights (to Life), and the Politicization of Queer Youth Suicide’ Journal of Intergroup Relations 31(4): 25-44.
Cover, Rob (2005). ‘Engaging Sexualities: Lesbian/Gay Print Journalism, Community Belonging, Social Space and Physical Place.’ Pacific Journalism Review 11(1): 113-132.
Cover, Rob (2005). “Queer Subjects of Suicide: Cultural Studies, Sexuality and Youth Suicide Research/Policy in New Zealand” New Zealand Sociology 20(1): 76-98.
Cover, Rob (2005). ‘Changing Channels: Scheduling, Temporality, New Technologies (And The Future Of ‘Television’ In Media Studies).’ Australian Journal of Communication Studies, 32(2): 9-24.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘Bodies, Movements and Desires: Lesbian/Gay Subjectivity and the Stereotype.’ Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 18(1): 81-98.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘From Butler To Buffy: Notes Towards a Strategy for Identity Analysis in Contemporary Television Narrative.’ Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 4(2), Spring.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘Interactivity: Reconceiving the Audience in the Struggle for Textual ‘Control’.’ Australian Journal of Communication, 31(1): 107-120
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘My Own Private Parliament: Media Ethics, Gender, Popular Culture and the Kernot/Evans Affair.’ Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 5(1), May 2004.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘Material/Queer Theory: Performativity, Subjectivity and Affinity-Based Struggles in the Culture of Late Capitalism.’ Rethinking Marxism 16(3): 295-312.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘New media Theory: Electronic Games, Democracy and Reconfiguring the Author-Audience Relationship.’ Social Semiotics 14(2): 173-191.
Cover, Rob (2004). ‘Digital Addiction: The Cultural Production of Online and Video Game Junkies.’ Media International Australia, No. 113, pp. 110-123.
Cover, Rob (2003). ‘Some Cunts: Media, Graffiti, Globalisation and the ‘Ownership’ of Signification.’ Social Semiotics 12(3): 269-290.
Cover, Rob (2003). ‘The Naked Subject: Nudity, Context and Sexualisation in Contemporary Culture.’ Body & Society 9(3): 53-72.
Cover, Rob (2002). ‘Strategic Subjects: The Binary, Transgression and the Ethics of Strategic Essentialism.’ Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, 6(April).
Cover, Rob (2002). ‘Re-Sourcing Queer Subjectivities: Sexual Identity and Lesbian/Gay Community Media.’ Media International Australia (incorporating Culture & Policy), No. 103, 2002. pp. 109-123.
Cover, Rob (2000). ‘First Contact: Queer Theory, Sexual Identity, and ‘Mainstream’ Film.’ International Journal of Gender and Sexuality, 5(1): 71-89.
Cover, Rob (2000). ‘Free(ing) Speech: Internet, Censorship, Pornography and the Child of the Millennium.’ Antithesis, 11: 89-116.
Cover, Rob (1999). ‘Perverting the Course: The Dynamics of Academic Queer Theory and Lesbian/Gay/(Queer) Politics.’ theory@buffalo: Journal of Postgraduate Writing, 5: 58-87.
Cover, Rob (1999). ‘Queer with Class: Absence of the Third World Sweatshop in Lesbian/Gay Discourse and a Rearticulation of Materialist Queer Theory.’ Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 30(2): 29-48.
CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES
Cover, Rob (forthcoming 2017). ‘Micro-Minorities: The Emergence of New Sexual Subjectivities, Categories and Labels Among Sexually-Diverse Youth Online.’ Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics, ed. Susan Talburt. Praeger, 2017 (accepted August 2016).
Cover, Rob (2017). ‘Mobility, Migration and Resilience: Multifaceted Identities and Migrant Media in South Australia.’ Minorities and Media: Producers, Industries, Audiences, ed. John Budarick and Gil-Soo Han. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-35.
Cover, Rob (2017). ‘Learning about Mobile Sexual Identities from Queer as Folk.’ The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, ed. Louisa Allen and Mary-Lou Rasmussen. London: Palgrave, pp. 455-472.
Rasmussen, Mary Lou; Cover, Rob; Marshall, Daniel; Aggleton, Peter (2016). ‘Sexuality, Gender, Citizenship and Social Justice: Education’s Queer Relations.’ Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice, ed. Andrew Peterson. London: Palgrave, pp. 73-96.
Cover, Rob (2016). ‘Resilience.’ Critical Concepts in Queer Studies and Education: An International Guide for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Nelson Rodriguez, Wayne Martino, Jennifer Ingrey and Edward Brockenbrough. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 351.360.
Cover, Rob (2016). ‘Queer Youth Suicide: Discourses of Difference, Framing Suicidality and the Regimentation of Identity.’ Critical Suicidology: Towards Creative Alternatives, ed. Jennifer White, Ian Marsh, Michael J. Kral, and Jonathan Morris. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 188-208.
Cover, Rob (2014). 'Becoming and Belonging: Performativity, Subjectivity and the Cultural Purposes of Social Networking.' Identity Technologies, ed. Anna Poletti and Julie Rak. Madison, Wn: The University of Wisconsin Press, PP. 55-69.
Cover, Rob (2012). ‘Queer Youth, Risk and the Passing/Coming Out Dichotomy.’ In Identity and Passing: Critical Essays, ed. Dennis R. Cooley & Kelby Harrison. London: Ashgate, pp. 105-137.
Cover, Rob (2010). “More Than a Watcher: Buffy Fans, Amateur Music Videos, Romantic Slash and Intermedia.” Music, Sound and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ed. Paul Attinello, Janet K. Halfyard & Vanessa Knights, Ashgate Press, pp. 131-148.
Cover, Rob (2006). “Queer with Class: Absence of the Third World Sweatshop in Lesbian/Gay Discourse and a Rearticulation of Materialist Queer Theory.” Linked Histories: Postcolonial Studies in a Globalized World, ed. Pamela McCallum & Wendy Faith. University of Calgary Press, pp. 45-61.
Cover, Rob (2005). “Sexuality and Advertising” in Sexualities in Aotearoa New Zealand, ed. Allison Kirkman & Pat Maloney. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2005.
PUBLISHED CREATIVE FICTION
“Little Journey” in Fruit, (anthology) ed. Gary Dunne, BlackWattle Press, Sydney, 1994.
“Morning” in OutRage 1995 Short Story Anthology, ed. Adam Carr, OutRage, Melbourne, 1994.
“Loincloth” in Divertika, (anthology) eds. Steve McLeod & Gerry North, Night of Your Life/City Media Services, Sydney, 1995.
“Nil by Mouth” in Campaign Australia, No. 238, January, 1996.
“Watch” in Ready or Not, ed. Mark Macleod, Random House Australia, 1996.
“Dana” in Westerly Magazine, Spring, 1996
“Twin Tub” in Tamba Literary Magazine, 13, May, 1996.
“Tower” Karrinyup Writing Collection, Karrinyup Writers’ Club, Perth, 1996.
“A Girl’s Opera” in Wild Fictions: Stories of LoveSexDeath, Cliff Street Publishing, Fremantle, 1997.
“Tower” in Wild Fictions: Stories of LoveSexDeath, Cliff Street Publishing, Fremantle, 1997.
“Onion” in Wild Fictions: Stories of LoveSexDeath, Cliff Street Publishing, Fremantle, 1997.
“Terminus” in Lovers & Others, Kerry Bashford (ed.), Darlinghurst: AFAO, 1997.
“Binary” in Amorphik, Simon Sellars (ed.), Melbourne: Sub Dee Industries,1999.
“Limit” in Australian Multicultural Book Review. Vol 6, No 3, 1999.
“Third Blow” in Querelle 1999 (Queer Collaborations Journal), 1999.
“Stereo” in Going Down Swinging, September 2000.
“Emergence” in JAAM (Wellington, NZ), #20, October, 2003.
“Blade” in Takahe (Christchurch, NZ) #50, Summer, 2003.
- Funding received
- CATEGORY ONE RESEARCH FUNDING:
ARC Discovery Project 2015 "Transitions to adulthood: support, belonging and sexual citizenship among sexual and gender diverse youth" DP150101292 (administered by UNSW, with Professor Peter Aggleton, A/Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen, Dr Daniel Marshall).
CATEGORY TWO RESEARCH FUNDING:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia-India Council): "Video and Face-to-Face Engagmenet for Cross-Cultural Learning". $10,000, with Professor Anjali Gera Roy, Indian Institute of Technology.
Australian Sports Commission $30,000 Integrity in Sports Literature Review (with Chris Beasley and Mandy Treagus)
RESEARCH FUNDING AND GRANTS (INTERNAL):
2016: The University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Award, “Digital Stereotypes: Combatting Minority Stereotypes of Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Digital Search Images Online” (with J Lydon, K Clarke, Partner organisations: National University of Singapore, University of New South Wales, University of Durham, University of Queensland, University of Salford, Deakin University, Monash University, University of Tasmania, University of Amsterdam.) $29,160.
2014: The University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Award, "Community, Popular and Digital Media in Migrant Settlement, Integration and Resilience: Mobilities and Belonging" (with F Fozdar, L Baldassar, J Elfving-Hwang. Partner organisations: University of Leeds, University of Sydney, Auckland University, Indian Institute of Technology, Monash University, Adelaide University, Wollongong Unviersity, La Trobe University, National University of Singapore.) $16,000
2014: The University of Western Australia TR Award, "Pilot—Media and Cultural Approaches to Resilience and Social Inclusion for LGBT Young Adults" $20,000
2014: The University of Western Australia Teaching Fellowship, "Streaming and Recorded: Digital and Video Resources for Internationalised Teaching and Learning in Cycle 2 Communication and Media Studies Programs" $20,000
2013: The University of Western Australia Educational Strategies Office, "OLT Seed Funding Grant" $5,000.
2012: The University of Western Australia, Diversity Initiatives Fund, "Improving Learning Equity for students from diverse backgrounds through enhanced digital access and skill" $5,000
2012: The University of Adelaide, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, Research Development Grant, "Masculinity and Sports Integrity" with Dr Mandy Treagus, $3,500
2012: The University of Adelaide, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, Book Development Grant, "Queer Memory" with Dr Rosslyn Prosser $5,000.
2010: The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Category 1 Support Grant “Queer Memory Project” $600.
2010: The University of Adelaide, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Article Fellowship “Queer Memory Project” $600.
2010: The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant “Community Media in Transition: Understanding community print publications’ needs and goals in an era of digital transition.” $3,900.
2009: The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant" Media Professions and Processes: An examination of media/communication industry skills, procedures and project management processes.” $4,500.
2009: The University of Adelaide Equity & Diversity Grant “Digital Divisions: Improving equity in learning for students from diverse backgrounds through enhanced digital access and digital skill acquisition.” With Dr Ros Prosser. $4,784.
2008: The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant “Digital Literacies: Determining the relationship between recent school-leavers’ digital media skills, higher education and professional choices and contemporary industry requirements.” $9,914.
2005: Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant “Popular Media, Electronic Gaming and Representations of Youth Suicide” NZD$3,500.
2005: Victoria University of Wellington, University Research Fund “New Media, Gender, Sexuality & Youth Suicide in New Zealand” NZD$16,000.
2003: Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant “Video Gaming and Youth Identity in New Zealand—A Pilot Study” With Associate Professor Roy Shuker. NZD$4,927.
2004: Victoria University of Wellington Senior Management Team Discretionary Research Fund “The New Zealand Electronic Games Industry: Local Production in a Global digital Future” With Associate Professor Roy Shuker NZD$5,067.
- Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (Executive Committee, WA Representative)
Association for Cultural Studies (Board Member; Oceania Representative)
- Honours and awards
- 2006: Victoria University of Wellington Early-Career Research Award
2015: UWA Teaching Awards, High Commendation in the category “For a project that enhances learning—interntionalisation and the use of digital video fro cross-cultural strategic communication”.
2010: The University of Adelaide Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Executive Dean's Prize for Teaching
2010: The University of Adelaide Excellence in Education Award
- Previous positions
- 2008 – 2011: Senior Lecturer in Media, School of Humanities, The University of Adelaide
2006 – 2007: Consultant, Principal Planning Officer (Acting), Senior Communications Officer: Queensland State Government Department of Communities, Department of Child Safety and Disability Services Queensland.
2003 – 2006: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, School of English, Film, Theatre & Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
- COMM 3001 Case Studies in Communication (Semester Two Crawley; Singapore PSB; Hong Kong)
This unit focuses on the transition from study to the world of work. It does this by critically investigating professional media and communications and developing skills that can be applied in a range of workplaces, organisations and careers. Students undertake a case study or project relevant to their own field of interest and develop critical and practical skills in project management, strategic planning, report writing and other common workplace practices, in addition to obtaining skills in career planning and self-representation.
COMM 3004 Journalism in Practice (Semester One Crawley; Singapore PSB; Hong Kong)
This unit builds on prior theoretical and practical learning and enables students to apply knowledge in the development of a broad range of professional skills in writing and communication. The unit focuses on both journalism writing and the development of other forms of professional communication, and is in three part: (1) the theory and practice of writing, journalism and ethics; (2) the processes behind news and feature writing; (3) other processes and practices of professional forms of writing and communication, including online.
COMM 4102 Honours Seminar: Media Sexual: Media, Sexuality and Censorship (Semester One)
Digital media has significantly changed the ways in which we think about sex, sexuality, censorship, bodies and identity. This course introduces students to a range of issues relating to sexuality and digital media. By examining the ways in which digital, interactive media represents, constitutes and circulates ideas of sex and sexuality, students will gain a strong, working knowledge of the ways in which digital media is changing ideas related to sex and sexuality, including minority sexual identities, youth sexuality, depictions of sexual material, pornography and censorship. The course will introduce participants to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of digital media and issues in contemporary culture. Some topics covered in the course include: the changing representation of minority sexualities within the growth of digital, online media; the impact of online pornography distribution on perceptions of bodies, advertising, legislation and censorship; issues related to youth access to online sexual material; the persistence of stereotypes related to sexuality and methods for combating them; the use of online and mobile technologies in sexual behaviour and sexual material sharing (texting/sexting).
SCOM 3320 Communication Strategies for Change (Singapore PSB)
Students examine the interface between scientific knowledge, industry, policymakers and the general community. Emphasis is placed on the basic theoretical principles of communication and extension of scientific information to non-scientist audiences. Students examine different strategies that are used to raise awareness, educate, change behaviour, communicate about risks and promote new technologies. They gain an awareness of methodologies of market research and project evaluation. Students develop their understanding and skills in communication, extension, project management, community consultation, science's role in society, ethical issues and the role of information in achieving change.
- Current external positions
- Visiting Teaching Fellow: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2015
Visiting Research Fellow, The University of Adelaide, 2012-2016.
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Migration, Mobilities and Belonging (MMoB) Initiative
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Research profile and publications