"BA (UQ), BA (Hons., Psych., Flinders), MA (CQU), PhD (UQ), Grad Cert University Teaching and Learning (UTAS)"
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Robert teaches in the English program and is based at the Launceston campus. He currently convenes and teaches units on Australian and Modernist literature. He also coordinates HEA376 "Research Project", and contributes to the first year English units.
From 2005 to 2007 Robert lectured in literature and Australian Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. In 2007, he taught units in academic writing and critical reading skills, and Australian studies, in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Robert has convened and taught in to units on Australian literature, Australian Pop Culture and Cultural Studies, British Modernism, introductory literary studies, postgraduate research methods, academic writing and critical reading.
Robert has supervised honours research students on theses examining the works of writers such as John le Carre, Helen Garner, Don de Lillo. He is currently supervising a project in the Culture, Environment and Heritage program on the visitor books of the Waldheim chalet, Cradle Mountain; a creative writing project on the experience and expression of grief; a creative nonfiction writing project on the convictism and sexuality; and a masters project on the travel writing of Australian author Robert Dessaix.
Robert's research interests include travel writing with a particular focus on contemporary Australian travel writing. He is also interested in literary celebrity, the literature of reconciliation, contemporary Australian fiction and literary culture, amongst other things. He is currently editing two collections of academic essays. 'Travel and Celebrity Culture' will be published as a special issue of the journal Postcolonial Studies. Celebrity Colonialism: Fame. Representation and Power in (Post)Colonial Cultures will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is also an Honorary Research Consultant to the Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland.
Robert is interested in the pedagogy of literary studies and, in particular, the application of digital technologies to the literary studies classroom. He has co-authored a paper with Dr Andrea Adam (CALT, UTas) entitled "Digital Storytelling in Australia: Academic Perspectives."
Robert has experience as a social researcher having managed a national research project on the measurement of outcomes in mental health, and has researched and published in the area of mentorship in the arts and the effective evaluation and reporting of government funded arts projects.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
6 September, 2013