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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

Code Description Percentage
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies 100

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, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2005 Sandner JA, 'Perceiving People and Places through Texts: Interpretation, Communication and Representation', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, Universtiy of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
2004 Sandner 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 grants 2
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 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

Completed2
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.7

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?
Communication & Media Studies, 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
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Representations of Islam: A Comparative Study in Australian Newspapers
Communication & Media Studies, 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
Communication & Media Studies, 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
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2008 PhD True 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 PhD Creative Documentary Practice: Internalising the Systems Model of Creativity Through Documentary Video and Online Practice
Communication & Media Studies, 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
Communication & Media Studies, 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), Sunshine Coast, QLD (2013) [E3]

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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