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Kate teaches across the undergraduate program contributing to units from first year to Honours. She is committed to providing students with a multi-dimensional approach to media study, incorporating textual, industry and audience analysis. Kate aims to incorporate a variety of teaching methods, from analysis to practice, to engage students actively in media analysis and criticism. In recognition of her contribution to teaching in Journalism, Media and Communications, she was awarded a Teaching Merit Certificate in 2012.
Kate is committed to ongoing professional development and is currently in the final stages of completing a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning. She is also committed to the scholarship of teaching and learning and in 2013 was appointed as a Teaching Fellow with the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching. This will allow Kate to explore peer mentoring as a way of fostering participation in learning and teaching scholarship across the University.
Kate joined the Journalism, Media and Communications program in 2008 coming from a background in media production and communications. Kate’s particular focus is documentary; drawing on her background as a documentary producer at the ABC she completed a PhD in documentary studies in 2010 and her research has been published in journals such as Studies in Documentary Film, Media, Culture & Society and Media International Australia.
Responding to the changing contexts of media production and reception, Kate’s research is currently focused on emerging forms of documentary such as the web-doc and docu-game. In 2012 she received funding to collaborate with SBS to undertake a study of the interactive documentary audience. This project is part of a broader exploration of the potential of digital research methodologies to address questions about audience experience and engagement.
Kate remains an active member of Tasmania’s screen production community. She has been a board member of Wide Angle Tasmania, the State’s Screen Development Agency, since 2010 and has contributed to several Screen Tasmania industry seminars including Digital Content Seminar (2011) and Factual Television Seminar (2012). Kate also remains an active producer of documentary. Her most recent production is part of an international collaboration called the ‘Are you Happy Project?’ - you can find the promo at: http://vimeo.com/58404749
Kate’s current research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, particularly the web-documentary. Integrating documentary theory with technical, industry and audience focused perspectives she seeks to build a complex picture of a key media industry in transition. Kate’s work has featured in media coverage of new documentary and she is currently editing a collection on the topic for Palgrave.
Kate is involved in exploring digital research methods, particularly web-analytics, as a research method in a media context. She is a member of the University of Tasmania’s C-Domain research cluster and a member of Deakin University’s Media Enterprises Analytics Studio.
A list of Kate’s publications can be found at: https://rmdb.research.utas.edu.au/public/rmdb?indiv_detail_warp_trans+23921
Kate has supervised students working on a range of honours, Masters and PhD projects. She is particularly keen to supervise documentary projects, including creative research projects, at any level.
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences and the Acting Head of School, Humanities
20 May, 2013