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I've had the privilege of a varied and interesting work life over the past 45 years. I have been a high school teacher, journalist, youth worker, live and recorded performance producer and director, media production manager and writer, academic coach for secondary and tertiary students, director of a large local and national youth organisation, board member of community development organisations, event organiser, social justice advocate for immigrant communities and diverse sexual orientation and gender identity communities. All of these contribute to my goal of creating meaningful learning experiences for students in their studies of workplace communication. I have been part of a small intiative to promote a cross-cultural understanding of critical thinking in post-graduate programmes as a way of enhancing the experience of international students and teaching staff in these programmes. Currently I am a PhD candidate in communication with the School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing. I am engaged in cooperative inquiry and collaborative writing group at Massey University producing multi-disciplinary research papers on teaching and learning and social work. I enjoy creating interactive learning activities that engage students in discovering knowledge and working out how to apply it. My students have nominated me for Lecturer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. I love teaching and researching.
Since 2017, I have been teaching strategic workplace communication in the BBS programme. After 45 years experience in community youth work and media production, I have recently moved into academia to pursue my interest in intercultural communication. For the past 20 years, I have been involved in social justice advocacy for immigrant young people and LGBTIQ* communities and I am interested in exploring the field of social advocacy communication. I am a PhD candidate studying perceptions of inclusivity in decision-making communication in organisations.
Multi-cultural classroom issues
Communicating knowledge through allegorical learning
Understanding learning and development processes
Reimagining intercultural communication competency
Personality and motivation in communication