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Celeste Lawson

PhD CQU, GradCert Tertiaryy Ed CQU, BA(Journ) USQ, GradDipProfComm(ApplComm) USQ, MProfComm USQ
Head of Program, Professional Communication
School of Education and the Arts
(07) 4923 2558
Rockhampton North
Building 32 - Room 1.11
About Me

Dr Celeste Lawson is based on the Rockhampton campus. After graduating from her Bachelor’s degree in journalism Celeste completed a cadetship at a regional newspaper. She then joined the Queensland Police Service and served as a police officer for 14 years. She completed a Master of Professional Communication in 2000 and began lecturing part time in journalism, public relations and professional communication, in addition to police work. After leaving the police, Celeste worked in senior media and communication roles for a number of government departments, including the Office of Crime Prevention in Western Australia and the Corruption and Crime Commission. Celeste became a full time academic in 2011 at Central Queensland University and completed her PhD studies in the field of community policing and communication in 2013. Celeste’s research interests include organisational communication, organisational culture and policing. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education in 2014.

 

Celeste is the course coordinator of Introduction to Public Relations,  Advanced Public Relations, Public Relations and the Media, and Organisational Communication. She also supervises students in the Communication Project, and PhD and Masters students.

General
Awards

2014

Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Central Queensland University Australia.

 

2014

Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2014

Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2013

Highest student satisfaction score, School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2013

Student Voice Commendation, on campus teaching, Media Writing, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2013

Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2013

Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Media Writing, Central Queensland University, Australia

 

2013

Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2012

Student Voice Commendation, on campus teaching, Media Writing, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2012

Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2012

Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Media Writing, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

2012

Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Central Queensland University, Australia.

 

Media Citations

2015

Living off the grid, 7News Cairns, story by Mackenzie Lyon, 30 June. (EDNA 815)

 

2015

Digital media changing news for regions, ABC Tropical North, in-depth interview with Meecham Phillpot, Breakfast show, 17 June. (EDNA 709)

 

2015

Newspapers adapting business models to internet age, Radio News, ABC Radio syndicated Queensland-wide, 7.30am news, 22 May. (EDNA 710)

 

2015

Will regional newspaper readers pay for online news?, Radio News, ABC Radio syndicated Queensland-wide, 12.00pm news, 21 May.  (EDNA 711)

 

2015

Social media and Valentines Day, Radio News, ABC Capricornia, 13 February 2015. (EDNA 713)

 

2015

Safety call for online hunt in love, Daily Mercury, Mackay, 13 February 2015, p. 7. (EDNA 714)

 

2015

You can find someone who shares your dreams but you must ensure your safety, The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 13 February 2015, p. 16. (EDNA 715)

 

2015

Online love can be truly everlasting if you play it safe, Fraser Coast Chronicle, Maryborough Hervey Bay, 13 February 2015, p. 7. (EDNA 716)

 

2015

Safety and honesty the keys to avoiding heartache, Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, 13 February 2015, p. 16. (EDNA 718)

 

2015

Time to go digital cold turkey for communication, The Morning Bulletin, 6 February, p.8. (EDNA 719)

 

2015

Social media and privacy, 4BC Radio, 3 February, 3pm, Interview with Ben Davis. (EDNA 720)

 

2015

Interview with Celeste Lawson, Communication School Head, ABC Western Queensland, 30 January. Queensland Election and political messages. (EDNA 721)

 

2015

Queensland Election 2015, APN Morning Bulletin, 27 January. Queensland Election and political messages. (EDNA 723)

 

2014

Media panel, ABC Capricornia, 28 November, interview with Ellie Bradford.

 

2014

Police Remembrance Day, 4EB Radio, 29 September, 1pm, radio news broadcast, interview with Nicole Keijzer.

 

2014

Cop out cop in cop out cop in, Northern Territory News, article by Zach Hope, 3 April, 2014, p.9.

 

2014

Social media and defamation, 4BC Radio, 4 March, 3pm, Interview with Ben Davis.

 

2014

Use of social media to promote events, 2SER Radio, 26 February, Interview with Julie Smith.

 

2014

Interview with Celeste Lawson, policing expert, CQUniversity, ABC Drive, 10 February, 5.10pm, 7mins 36 secs, available at http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2014/02/how-to-keep-the-public-interested-in-police-cold-cases.html.

 

2013

CQ Academic says Queenslanders should be worried by CMC Review, Media Release, issued 5 April, CQUniversity, available at http://uninews.cqu.edu.au/UniNews/viewRelease.do?story=10516

 

2013

Central Queensland academic has warned proposed changes, radio news broadcast, ABC Wide Bay, 5 April, 12.30pm.

 

2013

Celeste Lawson from CQUniversity, radio news broadcast, ABC Mackay, 5 April, 12.30pm.

 

2013

Celeste Lawson CQUniversity has warned proposed changes, radio news broadcast, ABC Western Queensland, 5 April, 12.30pm.

 

2013

Celeste Lawson, CQUniversity, who has conducted research, radio news broadcast, ABC Capricornia, 5 April, 12.30pm.

 

2013

Celeste Lawson, CQUniversity, says whistle blowers, radio news broadcast, ABC Capricornia, 5 April, 5.30pm.

 

 

 

Previous teaching

Central Queensland University

Course Development

Introductory level

·      Introduction to Journalism (Law and Ethics module)

·      Communication and Democracy (Political Communication module)

·      Media Writing

·      Introduction of Public Relations

Advanced level

·      Advanced Public Relations

·      Organisational Communication

·      Public Relations and the Media

Course Coordination

Introductory level (multi-campus and Distance mode)

·      Introduction to Public Relations

·      Media Writing

Advanced level (multi-campus and Distance mode)

·      Public Relations and the Media

·      Advanced Public Relations

·      Organisational Communication (Student Voice Commendation, 2014)

·      Communication Project A

·      Communication Project B

Lecturer (Internal and Distance mode)

·      Public Relations and the Media

·      Introduction to Journalism (Law and Ethics module)

·      Media Writing (Student Voice Commendation, 2012 and 2013)

·      Introduction of Public Relations (Commendation, 2012, 2013 and 2014)

·      Advanced Public Relations

·      Organisational Communication (Commendation, 2012 and 2013)

Professional Experience

2010

Editor, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2009

Senior Media/Publications Officer, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Western Australia.

 

2007

Executive Manager, Strategic Communication, Office of Crime Prevention, Western Australia Police.

 

2006

Media Advisor, Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Labour Relations, Western Australia.

 

2004

Course development, Lecturer, Central Queensland University (part-time) 2004-2006.

 

1997

Associate Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland (part-time) 1997-2000.

 

1992

Police Officer, Queensland (1992-2005).

Professional Memberships

Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (since 2005)

Industry Reports

2012

Police culture, Opinion article, Journal of the Police Association of South Australia, December.

 

2011

Editor, Management of Misconduct in the Western Australia Police, Parliamentary Report, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2011

Editor, Report on the Investigation of Alleged Public Sector Misconduct in Relation to the Purchase of Toner Cartridges in Exchange for Gifts Outside Government Procurement Policies and Arrangements, Parliamentary Report, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2011

Editor, On the Level Newsletter, Edition 9, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia, March.

 

2010

Editor, Report of Taser use in the Western Australia Police, Parliamentary Report, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2010

Editor and copywriter, Report of Taser use in the Western Australia Police, Summary edition, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2010

Editor, Report of Western Australia Health Misconduct Handling Procedures, Parliamentary Report, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2010

Editor, Report of the Investigation of Alleged Public Sector Misconduct by Employees of the Department for Planning and Infrastructure in Relation to the Inspection, Licensing and Registration of Motor Vehicles, Parliamentary Report, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia.

 

2010

Editor, On the Level Newsletter, Edition 8, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia, December.

 

2010

Editor, On the Level Newsletter, Edition 7, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia, July.

 

2008

Beat it up – Selling crime prevention in the Queensland Police Service. Unpublished paper completed at the request of the Queensland Police Service.

 

2008

Crime Prevention Informing Strategy, Western Australia Police.

 

Consultancy Work

2014

Rationale for assessment in Organisational Communication, invited presentation for course "Assessment for Learning" in the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Education, Module 4 Assessment rationale, November.

 

2014

Preparing for Confirmation of Candidature, presentation to Research Higher Degree students, Central Queensland University, Office of Research, October 30. With B Harreveld.

 

2013

Media ethics, guest lecturer, Introduction to Journalism, July 22.

 

2013

Media law, guest lecturer, Introduction to Journalism, July 15.

 

2013

From criminal to lunatic: reporting Alfred Allwood’s deception, Central Queensland University Higher Education Division Research Seminar, June 6.

 

2012

Police culture: good or bad. Invited keynote for the South Australian Police Association Conference, Adelaide, October 17.

 

2012

Police culture, Fitzgerald and crime prevention. Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education Research Seminar Series, July.

 

2011

Social Networking in the Health Professions, invited presentation for first year Health Sciences students at request of Cynthia Cowling, Director of Education of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, July 10.

 

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Specialist Studies in Education
  • Journalism and Professional Writing

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 - Communication Studies

Languages, Communication And Culture

Communication and Media Studies - Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Criminal Law and Procedure

Law And Legal Studies

Other Law and Legal Studies - Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Policing and community policing

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