Dr Judith Sandner

Dr Judith Sandner

Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Judith Sandner has been teaching and researching at the University of Newcastle for 19 years. Prior to her academic career Judith worked for a short time in Public Affairs for the Hunter Area Health Service where she initiated sponsorship networks, conducted interviews and surveys, and wrote for in-house publications. Judith also worked as an editor on Understanding Journalism (Sheridan-Burns 2002) – a tertiary education text (2nd edition published in 2013 https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/understanding-journalism/book236949#reviews), and on Lights! Camera! Action! (Bell 2006) – a personal guide for working in the Entertainment Industry by Newcastle author, musical artist and international model, Francine Bell http://francinebell.com/

Throughout her academic career Judith has Lectured, Guest–Lectured and Tutored in diverse fields of communication, media, and design including both practice-based and critical theoretical courses of study: Professional Writing; Web Design; Digital Animation, 3D & Graphic Design Technologies; Design Theory; Audience Studies; Communication Theory, and Discourse Theory. Apart from her undergraduate teaching she has researched, designed and delivered postgraduate courses for the Master of Digital Media Degree Program including: Multimedia Applications for Public Relations & Corporate Communication, and eCulture & Audiences.

In 2013 Judith was awarded the Faculty of Science & IT's Staff of the Year Award for her coordination and work efforts in the CMNS3500 Communication Professional Placement Course. She coordinated CMNS3500 from 2012-2015 and has many communication and creative industry and alumni connections. Feel free to ask her about CMNS3500 course matters and other WIL Work Integrated Learning opportunities.

Throughout 2010-2014 Judith was the Bachelor of Communication Honours Program Convenor and delivered research methodology training to all Design, Natural History Illustration, Information Technology and Communication Honours & Research Higher Degree students in the School of DCIT.

She has successfully supervised Honours and PhD students who have conducted original research on wide-ranging topics such as: Corporate Identity Construction; Community Radio Production; Comedy Scriptwriting; Social Media Activities; Asylum Seeker Discourses & Media Representation; Mobile Phone Use & Identity Formation; Creativity & Documentary Filmmaking; Australian Childrens’ Literature; Sports Management & Intercultural Communication; Journalism Practice & Representations of Religious Spectacle.

Dr Sandner's PhD (Communication & Media) was awarded in 2010. Titled Communicating Community: Cultural Production, Habitus & the Construction of a City’s Identity, this original research was in the area of localized film and literary productions and was nominated for a Research Excellence Award by International Examiner Professor Elliott Gaines https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliot-gaines-ph-d-04a19714.

Judith's theoretical research and supervision work has been presented at local, national and international conferences and published in conference proceedings and academic journals.

Research Expertise
PhD 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, this postgraduate research project informs teaching and further undergraduate/postgraduate research in the areas of: Meaning-making & Interpretation; Audiences & Production Intent; Media Texts & Representation; Authentic Narrative Expression & Vernacular Community Collaborations; Habitus & Cultural Productions. As a comprehensive analysis of theatrical and film texts 'inspired' by factual events it offers media industry professionals valuable insight into theoretical approaches to creative practices. These may include filmmakers, authors screenwriters, poets, novelists and digital media practitioners. The thesis incorporates research knowledge particularly relevant to production design, vernacular stories, and audience engagement with localized histories.

Teaching Expertise

'Teaching is essentially a rhetorical activity, seeking to persuade students to change the way they experience the world through an understanding of the insights of others. It has to create the environment that enables students to embrace the twin poles of experiential and formal knowledge'

(Laurillard 2013)

My teaching philosophy bears the traces of my encounters as a mature-aged undergraduate student which have given me insight and empathetic regard for students new to the tertiary scene.

Administrative Expertise

Professional Memberships

2013 – CAMR Communication and Media Research Group (UoN)

2010 – ANZCA Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

2016 – ECREA European Communication Research and Education Association

2016 – IPrA International Pragmatics Association


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

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Discourse and Cultural Identities
  • Discourse and Professional Practice
  • Mental Health Communication Research
  • Research Methodologies
  • Vernacular Creativity
  • WIL – Work Integrated Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200101 Communication Studies 40
200104 Media Studies 40
200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Sandner 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Sandner 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 (2010) [E1]
2005 Sandner JA, 'Perceiving People and Places through Texts: Interpretation, Communication and Representation', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004 (2005) [E2]
2004 Sandner JA, 'Communication and Community: Textual Representations of Authentic Cultural Identities', Proceedings of Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2003 (2004) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $36,921

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20081 grants / $2,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Judith Sandner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189537
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $34,421

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$34,421

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Judith Sandner
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184866
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Television News Discourse: How did coverage of the 2013 Australian Federal Election shape narratives about asylum seekers?
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Understanding Maori and Pacific Islander Cultures in Australia's National Rugby League
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Representations of Islam: A Comparative Study in Australian Newspapers
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Dislocation and Belonging: Investigating the Cultural Identities of Intercountry Adoptees through Narratives about Self
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD The Journalist: A Secular Priest? How the News Criteria or Values of 'Secular' Journalistic Practice are Applied to Religious Issues in Contemporary Australia
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD True Stories about Tall Tales: A Study of Creativity and Cultural Production in Contemporary Australian Children's Picture Books
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Creative Documentary Practice: Internalising the Systems Model of Creativity Through Documentary Video and Online Practice
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD 'I Heart Mobile Phone' A Discursive Study of Identity Processes through Mobile Phone Communication
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Try before you buy?: The changing nature of internships in media and communication industries 2013 -

What constitutes an ideal internship for student learning in a communication program? There is a building body of evidence to suggest that work integrated learning (WIL) both enhances and enthuses student learning. Students and employers involved in WIL opportunities coordinated through the communication program at UoN often reflect upon the experience in a manner largely demonstrative of mutual benefit. However, the issue of unpaid internships and the exploitation of student enthusiasm in communication industries has received global critique over the last several years and Fair Work Australia’s 2013 report Experience or Exploitation found media industries to be prone to fostering exploitative internships, particularly in journalism and public relations.

This project is examining those tensions in the context of an increased desire by the Government and universities to encourage WIL. The March 2015 announcement of a WIL national strategy focusing on student learning, improving employment opportunities and integrating employers’ needs has outlined some key challenges. This project is timely because it meets two key areas underpinning the national strategy: “partnerships to proactively support Industry University engagement in WIL” and “maximising impact – assessing what works and working together to get the most value”.

This project will facilitate an approach to WIL that places emphasis on the triangulated inter-relationship of design, implementation and evaluation of well-executed WIL. It will enhance relationships with stakeholders in the Hunter region and develop an online resource that enables higher education programs in communication to customise WIL.

Publications

Scott P, Fulton JM, 'Try before you buy?: The changing nature of internships in journalism', Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference (refereed abstract) (2013) [E3]

Scott P, Fulton JM, 'About the free in freelance: Communication industries and work integrated learning at two Australian universities', Refereed Proceedings of the WACE 19th World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (2015) [E1]

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Mr Paul Brian Scott University of Newcastle
Doctor Judith Anne Sandner University of Newcastle

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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

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

Office

Room McG07
Building Mc Mullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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