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Dr Susan Kerrigan

Senior Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Susan Kerrigan is a Screen Production Scholar who specialises in creative screen practice through practice-led research. Susan is a current recipient of an ARC Linkage Grant entitled 'Creativity and Cultural Production: An Applied Ethnographic Study of New Entrepreneurial Systems in the Creative Industries'. She is a member of the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) group and is a member of the Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT). During 2012/2013 Susan was President of the Australian Screen Production, Education and Research Association (ASPERA) and in 2014 Susan convened the annual ASPERA Conference 'Screen Explosion'. Susan has examined PhDs and Masters (by reserach) for Screen Production, Screen writing and Television practices.

As a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Communication, she led the external review for the Bachelor of Communication Program in 2013. Susan’s teaching and research is informed by her past professional practice, as a TV Producer/Director for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she worked on the iconic children’s program ‘Play School’. Susan has taught, over the last decade, multiple Screen Production courses in the Media Production Major for the Bachelor of Communication program.  These include: Screenwriting Documentary and Drama, Media Production Television (multi-camera), Music Video, Screen Drama, Video and the final year course Media Production Project (20 units).

In 2010, Susan completed her PhD, on 'Creative Documentary Practice', she has presented this research at international conferences and has published internationally in the field of Creative Screen Practice. The creative work PhD investigated the Producer/Writer/Director's creative process for cross platform low budget documentary productions of two works titled 'Using Fort Scratchley' and 'Fort Scratchley a Living History' (www.fortscratchley.org). Susan has successfully supervised University Medalist's who received First Class Honours doing 'Creative Media Projects' where students can make a media project of their choice.

Susan's research is closely aligned with her past employment at ABC Television Sydney (1987-2003), where she worked across a variety of productions using multi-camera and single camera approaches. Susan produced and directed 20 episodes of Play School and 18 months of Mixy Breakfast Hostings. Other highlights include 40 hours of continuity credits on Australian Drama TV productions (including Wildside, GP, Big Sky) and 150 hours as a DA/PA on studio -based, live and pre-packaged television programming.

Research Expertise
Susan researches 'creative labour' and 'creative screen labour', by applying creativity theories to film making practice. Creativity is an idea, process or product that is recognised, by individuals or groups as being unique, novel or innovative (Csikszentmihalyi, 1999). The new knowledge created by this research helps to better explain the cultural and creative processes that practitioner's tacitly engage in during the making of screen/media works. This research is significant as it generates new knowledge and understandings which bridges the theory/practice nexus by aligning creative process theories (Bastick, 1982; Csikszentmihalyi, 1996; Wallas, 1976) and cultural industries approaches (Hesmondhalgh, 2007) to film, television and media production personnel. This creative practice research can be conducted through a self-reflective methodological approach or using more traditional qualitative methods to investigate media practitioner's creative processes and practices. References: Bastick, T. (1982), Intuition, how we think and act, Chichester; New York: Wiley. Csikszentmihalyi (1999), Implications of a Systems Perspective for the Study of Creativity., In R. Stenberg (Ed.), Handbook of Creativity (pp. 313-335). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hesmondhalgh D (2007) The Cultural Industries. 2nd edition. London and Los Angeles: SAGE. Wallas, G. (1976), Stages in the Creative Process, In A. Rothenberg, & Hausman, C., (Ed.), The Creativity Question. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching is professionally focused in Communication and Media, with a specific interest in television and screen productions for students in the Bachelor of Communication Degree. Here is a list of courses that I have taught: CMNS3450 Media Production Project (double unit) CMNS3440 Media Production: Screen Drama CMNS3170 Screenwriting (Documentary) CMNS3180 Screenwriting (Drama) CMNS3500 Communication Professional Practice CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production CMNS2040 Music Video CMNS2035 Media Production: Television CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication CMNS1004 Media Production: Video

Administrative Expertise
Currently I am the Head of Discipline for Communication and previously I have been the Communication Program Convenor from 2011-2012 and I was the Deputy Program Convenor for 2013-2014. I lead the External Review for the Communication Degree in 2013.

Collaborations
Susan has collaborated with Dr Phillip McIntyre and Professor Mark Balnaves, on the ARC Linkage project "Creativity and Cultural Production in the Hunter". External to UoN, Susan has collaborated with Associate Professor Pieter Aquilia on Internationalising Screen Curriculum. As an active ASPERA member, Susan is collaborating with academics from QUT and RMIT on forthcoming publications about Screen Practice.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication & Media Arts), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Documentary Practice
  • Media production
  • Screen Production

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified 20
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified 20
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2014 Conference Chair - Screen Explosion - 2014 ASPERA Conference Screen Explosion - 2014 ASPERA Conference
Australia
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2015 Membership - Australian Screen Production Education and Reserach Foundation Australian Screen Production Education and Reserach Foundation
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Kerrigan S, Velikovsky J, 'Examining documentary transmedia narratives through The Living History of Fort Scratchley project', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, (2015)
DOI 10.1177/1354856514567053
2014 McIntyre P, Kerrigan S, 'Pursuing extreme romance: change and continuity in the creative screen industries in the Hunter Valley', Studies in Australasian Cinema, 8 1-17 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17503175.2014.960680
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2013 Kerrigan S, Aquilia P, 'Student film collaboration: The east-west dilemma', Journal of International Communication, 19 147-166 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13216597.2013.784209
2013 Kerrigan S, 'Accommodating creative documentary practice within a revised systems model of creativity', Journal of Media Practice, 14 111-127 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/jmpr.14.2.111_1
Citations Scopus - 1
2011 Kerrigan SM, Aquilia P, Holt J, Oughton N, 'Australian universities approaches to occupational risk management for screen production', Text, 15 1-14 (2011) [C1]
2011 Kerrigan SM, Aquilia P, 'Globalising Australian screen production curricula', Text, 15 1-11 (2011) [C1]
2010 Kerrigan SM, 'Creative practice research: Interrogating creativity theories through documentary practice', Text, 1-16 (2010) [C1]
2010 Kerrigan SM, McIntyre KC, 'The 'creative treatment of actuality': Rationalizing and reconceptualizing the notion of creativity for documentary practice', Journal of Media Practice, 11 111-129 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/jmpr.11.2.111_1
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 McIntyre P, Balnaves M, Kerrigan SM, Williams C, King E, 'Creative industries in the Newcastle LGA: are they reliant on social media?', Refereed Proceedings of the 2014 ANZCA Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, Swinburne University of Technology (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre, Mark Balnaves
2012 Kerrigan SM, Aquilia P, Payne CL, 'Investigating a global tertiary curriculum through concepts of eastern and western creativity', Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Cathie Payne
2012 Aquilia P, Kerrigan SM, Payne CL, 'Student film collaboration: The East-West dilemma', 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association. Abstracts, Phoenix, AZ (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Cathie Payne
2011 Aquilia P, Kerrigan SM, 'East meets west: Student collaboration styles in screen production education', Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association 2011 Conference, Perth (2011) [E3]
2010 Oughton N, Kerrigan SM, Holt J, 'Managing occupational risk in the creative industries: A new perspective', New Screens, New Producers, New Learning. Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association Conference, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010 Aquilia P, Chua LY, Kerrigan SM, 'Internationalising Australian media production curricula: A cross-cultural study', New Screens, New Producers, New Learning. Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association Conference, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2009 Kerrigan SM, 'Applying creativity theories to a documentary filmmaker's practice', ASPERA 2009 Conference Papers, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E1]
2008 Kerrigan SM, 'Collaborative and creative documentary production in video and online', Proceedings of ISEA2008: The 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Singapore (2008) [E1]
2007 Kerrigan SM, 'Creating documentaries: Collaborative video and online practice', Create World 2007: Apple University Consortium. Sessions, Brisbane (2007) [E3]
2006 Kerrigan SM, 'Reflecting on Documentary Video Practice', Speculation and Innovation: Applying practice led research in the creative industries, Queensland University of Technology (2006) [E1]
2005 Kerrigan SM, 'Making Documentaries: Domain Acquisition and the Living History of Fort Scratchley', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, University of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
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Creative Work (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Hutchinson S, Kerrigan SM, Creative Newcastle, Newcastle Museum, Newcastle Museum (2014) [J2]
2014 Hutchinson S, Kerrigan SM, Creativity and Cultural Production in the Hunter, The Real Film Festival, Newcastle Museum (2014) [J2]
2008 Kerrigan SM, Using Fort Scratchley re-deployed: The story of a location in transition, -, Los Angeles, The United States of America (2008) [J1]
2007 Kerrigan SM, Fort Scratchley, http://www.fortscratchley.org (2007) [J1]
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Friday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School - 'Bags and Shopping' Monday, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Thursday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Tuesday, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Wednesday, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Friday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School - 'Bags and Shopping' Monday, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Thursday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
1999 Kerrigan SM, Play School 'Bags and Shopping' Tuesday, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (1999)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Kerrigan SM, Creative Documentary Practice: Internalising the Systems Model of Creativity through documentary video and online practice, University of Newcastle (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $344,817

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20133 grants / $280,000

Creativity and Cultural Production in the Hunter: an applied ethnographic study of new entrepreneurial systems in the creative industries.$180,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Phillip McIntyre, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Susan Kerrigan, Mr Peter King, Mr Ed Duc
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201143
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Creativity and Cultural Production in the Hunter: an applied ethnographic study of new entrepreneurial systems in the creative industries.$70,000

Funding body: Technica CPT

Funding body Technica CPT
Project Team Doctor Phillip McIntyre, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Susan Kerrigan, Mr Peter King, Mr Ed Duc
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300761
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Creativity and Cultural Production in the Hunter: an applied ethnographic study of new entrepreneurial systems in the creative industries.$30,000

Funding body: Newcastle Business Improvement Association Inc

Funding body Newcastle Business Improvement Association Inc
Project Team Doctor Phillip McIntyre, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Susan Kerrigan, Mr Peter King, Mr Ed Duc
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300762
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

International Symposium on Electronic Arts 2008, Singapore Management Univeristy, Stamford Road, 25/7/2008 - 1/8/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189202
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20073 grants / $33,427

Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$22,099

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186938
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187292
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

CreateWorld, Griffith University Southbank, Brisbane, 25/11/2007 - 28/11/2007$1,328

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188358
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $690

Speculation & Innovation - Applying Practice-Led Research in the Creative Industries, 30 March - 1 April 2005, QUT$690

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185189
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20043 grants / $29,000

The Living History of Fort Scratchley: Representing a site of historical and community significance in the Newcastle Local Government Area$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan, Doctor Phillip McIntyre, Dr Erik Eklund
Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184229
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

The Living History of Fort Scratchley: Representing a site of historical and community significance in the Newcastle Local Government Area$10,000

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Dr Erik Eklund, Doctor Susan Kerrigan, Doctor Phillip McIntyre
Scheme University Grant Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184230
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Producing and Directing Video Productions: Exploring the Digital Desktop Production Process$9,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Susan Kerrigan
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184648
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.5
PhD3.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Outside the Box: To what Extent does Contemporary Australian Prime Time Television Drama Perpetuate a Terra Nullius Viewpoint?
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Shoot Out - Targeting Creativity: Exploring the Creative Process Through the 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters Newcastle's Creative Industries: Investigating Performing Arts Professional and Non-Professional Creative Economies With an Emphasis on Theatre
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD I am a Filmaker! Exploring Corporate Documentary Bourdieusian Theory Through Habitus
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Compliance in the Australian Film and Television (TV) Industry
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD StoryAlity Theory - Story and Screenwriting, Movies and Memes: Examining the Top Twenty Return-On-Investment (ROI) Movies Using Systems Theory, Creativity Theory, and Bio-Cultural Evolutionary Epistemology
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Towards a New Cultural Paradigm: Fashion Blogging as a Metamodern Practice
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters The Shoot Out - Targeting Creativity: Exploring the Creative Process Through the 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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News

Bollywood film festival and conference

February 11, 2014

A century of Bollywood will be celebrated and explored at a University of Newcastle film festival and conference from 20-21 February.

Dr Susan Kerrigan

Position

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

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Email susan.kerrigan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4517
Fax (02) 4921 5896

Office

Room ICT3-53
Building ICT Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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