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Surveillance lecture, Creative Arts
Image: Dr Ruth Walker

 

Angela J Williams

Sydney/Wollongong, NSW, Australia

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The perfect creative arts tutor?

My academic teaching experience has been primarily within the creative writing, critical and literary theory fields. I have particularly sound skills in prose workshopping, student engagement, critical reading, academic writing skills, and a solid understanding of Harvard, Chicago and MLA referencing styles. In my first session as a casual tutor I achieved an average mean rating of 5.48/6 in Teaching Evaluation Surveys (detailed results available on request). I also craft engaging and dynamic tutorial plans and present lectures that encourage active interaction and reflection from students.

 

 

 

My students said it best in my Teaching Evaluations:

  • This kind of teaching, especially in Creative Arts, encourages the students to come to tutorials and want to understand the subject
  • Angela makes what could have been a monotonous subject interesting
  • I look forward to class because of the way Angela teaches
  • Angela encourages the class to participate in group discussions and makes you feel comfortable in doing that
  • Angela is always willing to help and gives productive feedback
  • Angela explains the subject in basic terminology if we are lost
  • Angela doesn’t talk down to us

 

EDUCATION

2011-2016: Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

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Thesis Title: ‘We are players in the narrative identity system’: Memoir as a practice in oppositional surveillance (Funded by the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship)

Supervisor: Dr Shady Cosgrove

Brief Synopsis of Research: My research examines the process of writing a memoir as an example of self-surveillance, combining a creative component and a thesis based in Practice-Led Research. This research explores how the process of writing a memoir can be understood by examining the analogous practice of surveillance. Supported by a comprehensive research background that ranges across critical, literary and cultural theory, the methodology gives a clear dichotomous framework for using textual and discursive analysis to unpack the functioning of narrative identity within several case studies. The author/narrator’s role is explored for evidence of a self-inflicted process of classification, risk mitigation, discipline and resistance, with a similar analysis being applied to my own creative work within the exegetical component.

Research interests: Creative writing, Prose, Memoir, Critical theory, Surveillance, Systemic Disadvantage, Power, Narrative, Identity, Race, Gender, Politics and Literature

2003-2009: Bachelor of Creative Arts (w. distinction)/Bachelor of Communication and Media (w. distinction and C1 Hons), University of Wollongong

Honours Thesis Title: ‘We’re not from planet Islam’: How Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service represents Muslims and multiculturalism

Modules included: Literary theory, Fiction and non-fiction prose, Cultural studies, Communication studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Sociology, Digital media and Screen studies

2002-2003: University Access Program, Wollongong University College

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2011-2016: School of Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

Interdisciplinary critical theory and creative practice sessional tutor and head tutor. Responsible for running tutorials

Head Tutor: CACS102 ‘Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Leonie Watson

Tutor: CACW231 ‘Writing, Representation and Power’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Joshua Lobb

Guest Lecturer: CACW104 ‘Text and Context’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Christine Howe

 

Feb-Jun 2015: School of Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

Tutor and online content writer: CACS101 ‘Contemporary Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Susan Ballard

 

Aug-Dec 2013: School of Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

Guest Lecturer & Tutor: CACW104 ‘Text and Context’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Joshua Lobb

Guest Lecturer: CACW102 ‘Writing Foundation: Literary Crossovers’: Subject Coordinator: Mr Alan Wearne

Guest Lecturer & Tutor: CACS102 ‘Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Susan Ballard

 

Feb-Jun 2013: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Guest Lecturer and Tutor: CACW231 ‘Writing, Representation and Power’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Joshua Lobb

Guest Lecturer and Tutor: CACS102 ‘Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Susan Ballard

 

Aug-Dec 2012: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Guest Lecturer and Tutor: CACW102 ‘Writing Foundation: Literary Crossovers’: Subject Coordinator: Mr Alan Wearne

Tutor: CACS102 ‘Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Susan Ballard

Tutor: CACW104 ‘Text and Context’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Joshua Lobb

 

Feb-Jun 2012: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Lecturer: WRIT319 ‘Writing Theory: Structuralism to the Postmodern’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Catherine Cole

Lecturer and Tutor: CACW231 ‘Writing, Representation and Power’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Catherine Cole

Tutor: CACS101 ‘Contemporary Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Susan Ballard

 

Aug-Dec 2011: Tutor, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Tutor: CACS102 ‘Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Jon Cockburn

Guest Lecturer: WRIT222 ‘Writing Extended Prose’: Subject Coordinator: Dr Shady Cosgrove

 

 

CONFERENCES, AWARDS AND PARTICIPATION

Conference poster: Martin, C, Tattersall, K and Williams, A 2014, ‘Triple stigmas for transgender and aboriginal ‘Sistergirl’ sex workers in NSW: gathering stories from our communities to understand their intersection with evidence-based health practice and prevention of HIV’, poster presented at AIDS2014, Melbourne, Australia, 21 July, 2014.

2014 Winner, Varuna Publishers’ Introduction Program: Snakes and Ladders: A memoir, selected for manuscript development by Pan McMillan

Conference paper: Williams, A 2012, ‘Gaol behind closed doors: What the media can’t show us when it comes to Home Detention’, paper presented at the University of Wollongong Crime, Cameras, Action Conference, University of Wollongong, Australia, 18 February, 2012.

2012 Runner Up, Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Faculty of Creative Arts: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

2012 Panellist, Academic Integrity Workshop, Learning Carnivale: Learning Development Unit, University of Wollongong

Conference paper: Williams, A 2011, ‘Memoir as a practice of self-surveillance: our obligations as unauthorised data collectors’, paper presented to the 16th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP 2011), Byron Bay, Australia, 23-25 November, 2011.

2011 Participant, Pilot Program for Training New Casual Tutors: Conducted by Dr Joshua Lobb, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

2011 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

2009 & 2008 Dean’s Merit List: Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

 

Find examples of my work and pedagogical writing here.

 

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