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Tris Kerslake

Postgraduate Co-ordinator (Research) Professional Communication
Senior Lecturer, Professional Communication
School of Education and the Arts
LEAP Centre (Learning, Equity, Access and Participation)
Melbourne
120 Spencer Street - Level 3
Melbourne 3000
About Me

Hello!

Currently Melbourne-based, I have worked in the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and various other parts of Australia. I have also worked with many different groups of people, both as colleagues and students, who hail from all parts of our great global village, so the odds are good you and I already have something in common.

There is a lot of information in this profile, so it depends what you want to know.

If you are looking for a supervisor, my academic and research interests are detailed in the 'Interests' and 'Research' sections, thus if you are considering academic supervision in those areas, or in anything that might be connected to those areas, I'd be delighted to speak with you.

If you want to see the breadth of my teaching or supervisory experience, then please check out the 'General' section (the 'Teaching' section auto-populates from an internal system over which I have no control, and the information there is limited. Ah, technology).

My publications are in the 'Publications' section and I have added some pretty cover-art in the 'Research' area to accompany the write-ups, but there's that technology thing again, so no promises.

As for 'Links', well, not many yet; I'll update as inspiration appears.

And if you have anything you'd like to discuss, even if you're not a student (or planning to be a student), then please feel free to email me. Always happy to chat about writing and research and literature and SF.

Cheers,

Tris


Student Voice Educator of the Year Commendation 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Student Voice Distance Educator of the Year Commendation 2015, 2016, 2017.

VC's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015

General
Awards

Educator of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Commendation

Distance Educator of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017 Commendation

VC's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2015

Previous teaching

Teaching: June 2005 - March 2011

Mar 2011

EDED11449

Principles of University Learning

(Undergraduate)

This foundation course introduces students to the context of university learning and will help them become effective lifelong learners. Different perspectives on learning at university are examined in the context of the University as an evolving Institution. By developing an understanding of the principles and techniques of effective learning at university, students can apply this to be successful self-regulated learners who manage the learning environment and learning tasks.

 

 

EDED11451

University Learning

(Diploma)

 

This course will transition students between secondary and tertiary education and will help them become effective lifelong learners. Different perspectives on learning at university are examined in the context of the University as an evolving Institution. By developing an understanding of the principles and techniques of effective learning at university, students should be able to apply this to be successful as self-regulated learners who manage the learning environment and learning tasks.

 

 

COMM20036

Informatics, Culture & Communications

(Postgraduate)

 

This course examines relationships between information technology, communications and contemporary commercial and political culture. By combining texts taken from several disciplines with close analysis of case studies, this course bolsters high level communication skills.

 

EDED20468

Education for the Global Economy

(Postgraduate)

This course provides principles and practices for connecting school with the global knowledge economy and shifting schooling from the ideas of the manufacturing economy to prepare students for knowledge work. Notions of sustainable enterprise are introduced along with pedagogical principles for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, underpinned by a solid body of disciplinary knowledge.

 

 

EDED20469

Education Theories & Philosophies

(Postgraduate)

This is a core course for the Master of Professional Education program. It explores concepts of education, both historic and contemporary that underpin educational ideals. The course is problem-solving based and aims to encourage students to explore the antecedent philosophies, practices and pedagogies of contemporary education.

 

 

HRMT19013

Human Resource Development

(Undergraduate)

This course provides an understanding of the role of human resource development (HRD) function in an organisation, as well as providing the underlying concepts and principles upon which HRD is based.

 

 

 

 

Nov 2010

 

 

HRMT19023 HRM Competencies

(Undergraduate)

 

 

Graduates in human resource management are expected to fill a wide range of roles in organisations. Regardless of the position, some fundamental skills are required of graduates from the very start of their career. These include interviewing skills, training and facilitation skills, and basic conflict resolution and negotiation skills. This course is designed to provide students in the latter part of their degree to build upon theory from earlier courses, and to acquire skills that will be applicable in the workplace.

 

 

EDED11449

Principles of University Learning

(Undergraduate)

 

See above synopsis

 

 

EDED11451

University Learning

(Diploma)

 

See above synopsis

 

 

EDED20476

Applied Communication Arts

(Postgraduate)

 

This course focuses on the composition, scope and application of the Communication Arts with specific reference to the mass media and its impact on the creative arts including fine arts, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, television, fashion design, graphic design, web design, theatre, music, publishing, computer/video games and the production of events. An evaluation of the communication arts in creating, responding and reporting images and events is undertaken such that the Arts Administrator acquires analytical and applied skills to communicate effectively by way of mass media. The course aims to provide a solid reference base for the Arts Administrator concerning

the scope and features of the communication arts, to develop critical and creative thinking appropriate for the attainment of the Masters degree, and to apply that thinking to the resolution of complex problems concerning the role of communicating in a global context.

 

 

EDED21001

Creative Arts Administration

(Postgraduate)

This course focuses on innovation as the driver of the Creative Arts. The course analyses theories and principles of innovation and creativity in Arts Administration, evaluates opportunity and value and so critically assesses knowledge society and knowledge work in the Creative Arts. Commercial opportunities in the humanities and creative arts are evaluated and the importance of networks therein is discussed. The

course aims to provide a solid reference base for the Arts Administrator and to develop critical and creative thinking appropriate for the attainment of the Masters degree.

 

 

EDED20472

Managing Diversity in Education

(Postgraduate)

 

This course explores principles and practices for managing classroom diversity. The course examines the enabling factors of talent, tolerance and technology in the knowledge economy and explores aspects of behaviour management in a range of students to manage the transformation to achieve this end. The course asks students to consider the meaning of success, the pride and conflict of diverse groups of students, gender equality, and citizenship education in the quest for individual empowerment, action and change to enable the self-discipline of the student. The course aims to develop critical and creative thinking appropriate for the attainment of the Masters degree, and to apply that thinking to the resolution of complex problems.

 

Jun 2010

HRMT19023

HRM Competencies

(undergraduate)

 

See above synopsis

 

 

EDED20445

Arts Administration Leadership

(postgraduate)

This course evaluates the changing role of leadership in Mode-2 Society.  The course involves analysis and evaluation of post-modernity with orientation to the Creative Arts. Commencing with analysis of theories of social organisation, the course proceeds to examine styles of leadership in the context of the socially robust Creative Arts.

 

 

EDED20473

Professional Education Research

(postgraduate)

This course requires students to demonstrate research skills, analytical skills, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, creative thinking, synthesis and contextualisation. The course critically examines how to determine the research question, what constitutes a literature review, research methods, and discussing research outcomes, report writing style, correct referencing and report compilation. The student is required to select a research topic relevant to the Professional Educator and compile an original research report. Above all, the research report must demonstrate critical thinking, research analysis, and draw a conclusion relevant to the research question.

 

 

EDED20478

Advertising Design Communication

(postgraduate)

This course focuses on the role of advertising and design as communication arts with specific reference to the mass media and its impact fine arts, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, television, fashion design, graphic design, web design, theatre, music, publishing, computer/video games and the production of events. Students will undertake an evaluation of the impact of advertising brand and design in arts communication to acquire the analytical skills for effectively designing promotions for the creative arts.

 

 

EDED11449

Principles of University Learning

(undergraduate)

 

 

See above synopsis

 

 

EDED11451

University Learning

(diploma)

 

 

 

See above synopsis

Mar 2010

COMM20036

Informatics, Culture & Communications

(postgraduate)

 

See above synopsis

 

EDED20466

Arts Administration Research

(postgraduate)

This course requires students to demonstrate research skills, analytical skills, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, creative thinking, synthesis and contextualisation. The course critically examines how to determine the research question, what constitutes a literature review, research methods, and discussing research outcomes, report writing style, correct referencing and report compilation. The student is required to select a research topic relevant to the Creative Industries including film and television, design, new media, and/or performance/events and compile an original research report.

 

 

EDED21002

Creative Industries

(postgraduate)

This course focuses on the composition and scope of the Creative Industries including fine arts, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, television, fashion design, graphic design, web design, theatre, music, publishing, and the production of events. Features of the Creative Industries are analysed with reference to new knowledge production, creativity, innovation, massification, globalisation, and the global reach of the Creative Arts.

 

Nov 2009

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Media Relations in Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Creative Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Arts Administration Research (postgraduate)

 

Informatics, Culture & Communications (postgraduate)

Jun 2009

Creative Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Media Relations in Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Principles of University learning (undergraduate)

 

Creative Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Arts Research (postgraduate)

Mar 2009

Informatics, Culture & Communication (postgraduate)

 

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Media Relations in Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Arts Administration research (postgraduate)

 

Creative Arts Administration (postgraduate)

Nov 2008

Professional & Technical Communications (undergraduate)

 

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Contemporary Arts Administration Culture (postgraduate)

 

Arts Administration leadership (postgraduate)

 

Applied Communication Arts (postgraduate)

Jun 2008

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Creative Industries (postgraduate)

 

Arts Research Project (postgraduate)

 

Digital Networks and Innovation (undergraduate)

 

Advertising Design Communication (postgraduate)

Mar 2008

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Informatics, Communication & Culture (postgraduate)

 

Contemporary Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Arts Administration Leadership (postgraduate)

 

Creative Industries (postgraduate)

Nov 2007

Science Fiction and Film (undergraduate)

 

Informatics, Communication & Culture (postgraduate)

 

Principles of University Learning (undergraduate)

 

Contemporary Arts Administration Culture (postgraduate)

 

New Media in Arts Administration (postgraduate)

 

Creative Industries (postgraduate)

 

Prior to July 2005 conducted teaching/training in the following areas:

Arts Management

Technical Communications

 

Mindmapping

 

Sales Techniques

Web-based research Techniques

Public Speaking

 

 

Presentation Skills

 

Report Writing

 

Train the Trainer

 

Professional Writing

Workplace Skills

Time Management

Technical Writing Skills

Project Management

Marketing Skills

 

 

Courses supervised 2006 - 2007:  (http://handbook.cqu.edu.au/  for course synopses)

 

COMM11003

Professional & Technical Communication

 

COMM11005

Introduction to New Media Studies

 

COMM11009

Contemporary Communication Skills

 

COMM11109

Media and Cultural Industries

 

COMM12020

Communication in the Digital Age

 

COMM12022

Technology, Communication and Culture

 

COMM12023

Screen Studies

 

COMM12030

Desktop Publishing

 

COMM12116

Contemporary Photomedia

 

COMM20036

Informatics Culture & Communication

 

CULT12004

Cultural and Media Identity

 

DGTL11001

Foundations of Animation

 

DGTL12002

Innovation in interactivity and Social Networks

 

EDED11449

Principles of University Learning

 

EDED20443

Essential Skills for Arts Administration

 

EDED20445

Arts Administration Leadership

 

EDED20446

New Media in Arts Administration

 

EDED20466

Arts Administration Research

 

EDED21001

Creative Arts Administration

 

EDED21003

Critical Thinking in Arts Administration

 

EDED21004

Creative Arts Portfolio

 

EDED21005

Presentation Skills for Arts Administrators

 

JALC11001

Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture

 

LITR19047

Science Fiction and Film

 

MMST11001

Introduction to Digital Innovation

 

MMST11002

Web Design

 

MMST11003

Design Perspectives

 

MMST12004

Multimedia Design

 

MMST12017

Interactive Animation for Games

 

MMST13015

Collaborative Multimedia Project A

 

MMST13017

Business of Digital Innovation

 

MMST13018

Collaborative Multimedia Project Part B

(Course supervision June 2005 - May 2007 are available.)

 

Supervision of Postgraduate research:

Supervised 48 research projects/minor thesis by coursework (each 20,000  words approx):

 

  • Intercultural Communications: Why Are There Misunderstandings?
  • How have digital innovations affected the photographic industry?
  • Is there a connection between violence in videogames and violence in children?
  • Should Art be subject to moral judgment?
  • Is the Chinese government loosening its hold of Chinese media?
  • Music piracy: Is it wrong?
  • Our online existence: Is virtual winning?
  • How are societies coping with gaming addiction?
  • Is the old inevitably superseded by the new? Ballet versus Hip-hop
  • Should advertising directed at children be more closely regulated?
  • New Words: Blogs, Vodcasts and Twitter – what happens next?
  • Do animated films comment on contentious social issues?
  • How is SPAM affecting the genuine advertising industry?
  • Why are BMW and Mercedes Benz such popular brands of car in Thailand?
  • Where Will Mobile Phone Technology Take Us?
  • An Ethnography of Asian Students Working in Melbourne’s Sex Industry
  • An Analysis of Why Buddhists Become Ambulance Drivers in Bangkok
  • An Ethnography of Post-Surgical Trans-Sexuals in Bangken
  • Why Do University Students Drink Alcohol?
  • What makes you buy online? Australian Teenagers and The New Spending Habit
  • Why Do The Chinese Eat Snakes? An Ethnography
  • An Exploration of University Students Sexual Morality in Melbourne, 2005.
  • What is behind the Obesity of Melbourne children?
  • Why Do University Students Want to Study Overseas?
  • What are the Benefits of Chinese – American Collaborative Film Projects?
  • Where is Japanese Animé Going? 21st Century Developments in New Technologies
  • Why Fashion is a Primary Creative Industry in Thailand
  • Why Does Tourism Endanger National Culture?
  • How Increasing Number of International Students Will Change Melbourne Transport
  • Cultural Exports: Australia and the Pacific Rim Nations
  • An Ethnography of the Gambling Habits of University Students in Melbourne
  • Event Management: The Tradition of Asian Festivals
  • What are the advantages of living a Western lifestyle?
  • You are what you eat: What are the health effects of dieting in females aged 18-30?
  • Why is Green Tea Gaining Popularity in Melbourne?
  • How overseas Study Could Affect Tourism in Thailand
  • Which way is technology going? An analysis of MIC-Students’ Technology Preferences.
  • Why is the Spa Industry So Popular?
  • An Ethnography of the Aspirations of IT Students in Three Melbourne Universities

Currently supervising one PhD and one Masters candidate.

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

at the level of:

  • Principal Supervisor
Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Languages, Communication And Culture

Communication and Media Studies - Media Studies
SF film studies

Languages, Communication And Culture

Literary Studies - Literary Theory
Postcolonial theory; Critical reading theory

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
I am fascinated by Literary and comparative Science fiction, Imperial politics and Postcolonial theory.In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also assess postgraduate theses, both major and minor, and provide reviews of all manner of technical and creative writing works.I was the first woman in Australia to gain a PhD that discussed the theoretical and cultural politics of empire in SF, and am continuing my research in this area, investigating various tropes and perceptions of the genre throughout its history.

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Poetry, Theatre studies

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