Teaching

My teaching career began in 2004 in the Photomedia department at the Australian National University in Canberra. While undertaking my PhD, I was offered an Artist in Residence at the National Art School in Sydney in 2007, where I also taught in the Photography department. In the same year, I took on sessional teaching work at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. I was employed as a lecturer at  the University of Newcastle in 2011 where I worked until I moved to the Netherlands in 2014.

Courses & tasks

Analogue photography

Introduce students to the potential of analogue photography: camera skills, black and white film processing, selecting and editing, printing using standard and specialist fibre-base papers, and colour print production.

Experimental processes

Demonstrate experimental processes such as cyanotypes, cross-processing, van Dykes, and pinhole photography.

Conceptual thinking

Devise and develop courses reflecting current trends, themes and issues surrounding contemporary photography practice grounded in art theory.

Studio skills

Introduce students to studio photography covering lighting, advanced camera skills and project development.

Digital development

Develop skills including camera usage, colour  management, file processing and digital printing. Portfolio production and website creation.

Student supervision

Mentor undergraduate students through regular one-to-one contact. Supervise honours, masters and PhD students.

Administration

Undertake day-to-day administration including course development and assessments.

Committee participation

Creative Clusters, Teaching and Learning, and
Bachelor of Fine Arts Undergraduate Program Redevelopment committees at the University of Newcastle.

Bachelor of Visual Arts Redevelopment and Core Computing Skills, Australian National University.

Wearables as Media

In collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University, I worked on this international project with lecturers and students. Together we conducted workshops, developed a course to produce work and be inspired by each other, staged exhibitions in Newcastle and Hong Kong, and produced a catalogue. Image: Deborah Hally.

Click-culture: a blog promoting photography and student work at the University of Newcastle

As a way to bring together the photomedia cohort, I initiated Click-culture. My aim was to inspire students and showcase their work. Short posts about photographers and their work related directly to current projects undertaken within the department. Students responded favourably to Click-culture and made it a success as both a teaching tool, and as a way to keep up-to-date with what other students in other photomedia courses were doing. Image: Work in progress images by various students.