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Dr Judith Sandner

Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

Completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Communication) Degree in 2009. Thesis Title: 'Communicating Community: Cultural Production, Habitus & the Construction of a City's Identity'.

As a research higher degree contributing original knowledge to the field of communication studies, the thesis informs teaching and further undergraduate/postgraduate research in the areas of: Meaning-making & Interpretation; Audiences & Production Intent; Media Texts & Representation; Authenticity through Narrative Expression of Cultural Communities; Habitus & Cultural Production.

As a comprehensive analysis of existing media texts it offers media industry professionals valuable insight into theoretical approaches to creative practices. These may include filmmakers, authors screenwriters, poets, novelists as well as electronic mediation practitioners.

As the Faculty of Science & IT is currently moving to facilitate multi-disciplinary research groups my research is well-placed to contribute to this initiative. The thesis incorporates research knowledge particularly relevant to production design, contextual content and audience engagement. Therefore it bridges the disciplines of design, communication and multimedia applications.

Co-supervised a PhD (Communication & Media) submitted in late 2009 which investigated mobile phone technology and identity discourses.

Currently co-supervising a PhD (Communication & Media) on documentary film production and creative practitioner research.

Currently co-supervising a PhD (Communication & Media) on Australian childrens' literature and creative writing processes.

Previously supervised honours research student who investigated perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and is now employed as a communication adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Currently Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Communication Honours degree program delivering a research methods and directed readings course to communication, IT, visual communication (design) students.



Teaching Expertise

Communication & Media Theory - core (100 level) theoretical program underpinning Bachelor of Communciation Degree Program; Journalism & Public Relations Discourses & Professional Practice - compulsory 300 level theory for Journalism & Public Relations Majors; Theoretical Contexts for the Application of Design & Technology; Visual Communication Theories; Print & Digital Image & Multimedia Technologies - each a core (100 level) course for the Visual Communication Design Degree Program.



Administrative Expertise

12 years teaching experience with 9 as Course Co-ordinator - duties include; course development: teaching materials (library, readings, blackboard), lectures, assessment design & marking criteria; student consultation and marking assessment work; teaching resources for, supervision of, and consultation with tutors; implementing & managing online course content; email enquiries; insitutional requirements re: course evaluation & CTS, CAR, timetabling, student requests for special consideration & time extensions.

In 2004 I researched, designed and wrote content for a course now offered in the Master of Multimedia Degree Program through the Graduate School of Business. The Course is "CMNS6010 Multimedia Applications in Public Relations and Corporate Communication". Course Modules include: Organisational Communication; Multimedia Technologies & Mediation; Power Relationships & Discourse Analysis; Corporate Identity & Audience; Multifunctional Media Tools; Textual Analysis of Multimedia Design; Multimedia Literacy & Cultural Capital.

Examiner for 5 Communication Honours students.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication & Media Arts), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Audience Studies
  • Core Communication & Media Theories
  • Cultural Identity & Communication Theories
  • Film & Literary Representations
  • Habitus & the Practice of Cultural Production
  • Journalism & Public Relations Discourses
  • Sensory Evocation & Audience Engagement
  • Theoretical Contexts of Design & Technology
  • Visual Communication & Technology for Print
  • Web & Digital Applications

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200102Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
1/01/2012 - 31/12/2012Web academic Design Communication &University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1997 - Associate Lecturer Multimedia
Casual Academic Lecturer/Tutor for 7 years
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Design & Communication
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Sandner JA, Stobbs N, 'Cross-cultural relationship management of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian (MMP) rugby league players in the Newcastle Knights National Rugby League Club: A relational approach to recruitment, induction and support mechanisms', Football and Communities Across Codes, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford UK 53-68 (2013) [B1]

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Sandner JA, 'Collaborative cultural production: Generative processes of participation in textual creation', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2005Sandner JA, 'Perceiving People and Places through Texts: Interpretation, Communication and Representation', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, Universtiy of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
2004Sandner JA, 'Communication and Community: Textual Representations of Authentic Cultural Identities', Proceedings of Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2003, Newcastle (2004) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$36,921

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20081 grants / $2,500

Space-Interaction-Discourse, Aaloborg University Denmark, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Judith Sandner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189537
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $34,421

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$34,421

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Judith Sandner
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184866
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Television News Discourse: How did coverage of the 2013 Australian Federal Election shape narratives about asylum seekers?
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013Understanding Maori and Pacific Islander Cultures in Australia's National Rugby League
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2013Representations of Islam: A Comparative Study in Australian Newspapers
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011Dislocation and Belonging: Investigating the Cultural Identities of Intercountry Adoptees through Narratives about Self
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011The Journalist: A Secular Priest? How the News Criteria or Values of 'Secular' Journalistic Practice are Applied to Religious Issues in Contemporary Australia
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2008True Stories about Tall Tales: A Study of Creativity and Cultural Production in Contemporary Australian Children's Picture Books
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011Creative Documentary Practice: Internalising the Systems Model of Creativity Through Documentary Video and Online Practice
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2010'I Heart Mobile Phone' A Discursive Study of Identity Processes through Mobile Phone Communication
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Judith Sandner

Position

Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Emailjudith.sandner@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 7474
Fax(02) 4921 8970

Office

RoomMcG07
BuildingMc Mullin
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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