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Chris's doctoral research investigated the relationship between scientific, medical and literary representations of mental illness in the nineteenth century. Since then he has published widely on postcolonial and Australian literary culture developing a special interest in the social life of literature. His areas of research focus include: Public Memory, Representations of War, Victorian, Australian and Postcolonial literatures, Settler Colonialism, Cultural Mythologies, the History of Criticism, and the History of the Book. Chris has thirty-three years teaching experience across six universities. This experience includes extensive course and program development through undergraduate, honours, masters and doctoral levels and in external, hybrid, digital on-line, and on campus modes. He is the recipient of teaching awards at the Faculty and University level and he has a strong record of policy and planning development in relation to postgraduate training and staff development at ECR and mid-career level. A former national President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and a founding editor of its internationally refereed journal JASAL, he served as a Centre Director from 2005-2010, the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts from 2006-2013 and the inaugural Chair of the CRN funded University's Research Leadership Development Program at USQ from 2012-2014. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Professor and Head of the School of Humanities at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses of Griffith University. Chris has a special interest in strategic policy, staff mentoring, and leadership development.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS
- MemberGriffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research2016
- Doctor Of PhilosophyUniversity of Queensland1988 - 1992
- Diploma in Applied ScienceQIT1979 - 1981
- Bachelor Of Arts With HonoursUniversity of Queensland1982 - 1986