BA (Hons I) UWA, B Lit Comm Murdoch, B Ed (Distinct) CQU, Grad Dip Inet Stds (Distinct) Curtin, MA (Distinct)UWA, M. Lett Cult. Stds CQU, M. Ed (Hons I) UNE, PhD Murdoch
Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst and Dubbo campuses in Australia and the Ontario, Canada campus in Burlington). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and head of the Popular Culture Collective.
Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. She has won six teaching awards, including the Australian National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with others in the areas of postgraduate supervision, disability and cultural studies. She was a finalist for the 2005 Australian of the Year and also for the 2005 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the Community Service category. She is also a well-known columnist on education, having written for the Times Higher Education. Tara’s personal website is www.brabazon.net and she is active on social media sites including academia.edu, twitter (@tarabrabazon) and linkedin. She also has a YouTube channel and a podcast series.
Tara is a specialist first year teacher and experienced doctoral supervisor. She commenced teaching in Universities in 1992 as a Teaching Apprentice in the History Department at the University of Western Australia. She then went on to work at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Central Queensland University and Murdoch University in Perth. In the UK, she held professorial posts at the University of Brighton and the University of Bolton. She was also the Professor of Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada.
She was the Programme Leader of the Communication and Cultural Studies degree at Murdoch University, the founder and Programme Leader of the Master of Arts Creative Media at the University of Brighton, and the Head of Photography and Creative Media at the University of Bolton, managing 11 degree programmes. Tara is an awarded doctoral supervisor and candidature manager with an outstanding record of successful completions, while also conducting examinations and institutional audits and validations of postgraduate programmes throughout the world.
Tara has fulfilled a range of administrative, management and leadership roles in higher education. A selection is featured below:
Tara is a prolific researcher and writer, having produced 16 books and 180 refereed articles and book chapters through her career. She is also an in-demand and award-winning public speaker, with over 50 keynote addresses presented throughout the world.
Tara works at the interface between the knowledge economy and social justice. Her best known research is in the areas of popular cultural studies, media literacies, sonic media, creative industries and city imaging. Her research clusters into three areas:
Her most recent books capture the spectrum of these interests. Books published in 2013 and 2014 include Digital Dieting: moving from information obesity to digital fitness (2013), City Imaging: regeneration, renewal, decay (2013), Digital Wine: How QR Codes facilitate new markets for small wine industries (with Bryn Gandy and Mick Winter, 2014), Unique urbanity: rethinking third tier cities, degeneration, regeneration and mobility (2014) and Enabling University: impairment, (dis)ability and social justice in higher education (2014).
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