I am Head, Digital Pedagogies in the Learning Teaching and Curriculum Unit, University of Wollongong. Prior to this I was one of the academic leads on the UOW Curriculum Transformation Project (CTP) an ambitious five-year project to review and transform the curriculum of all UOW degrees. CTP focuses on delivering exciting, authentic learning experiences, in an integrated whole-of-course framework and equipping all students as adaptable professionals, confident citizens and agile, lifelong learners for our increasingly complex world. Prior to joining LTC I was a lecturer in journalism and convenor of the journalism program at UOW.

I was editor of Sydney Star Observer, Australia’s oldest and largest circulation gay and lesbian weekly newspaper from 1999 until early 2006. Prior to that I worked primarily in magazines doing a range of arts journalism. In the early nineties I was Melbourne editor of Monument – one of Australia’s leading architecture and design magazines and movies editor of SBS television’s subscriber magazine, Ariel.

I’ve written widely about art and architecture, gay/lesbian issues, religion, music, film and journalism.

In 2012 I completed a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, where I previously taught part-time in the journalism program.

My main research interests are:

      • narratives of teaching and learning;
      • curriculum renewal and whole of course design
      • student wellness, resilience and contemplative eductaion
      • assessment and standards in professional education;
      • convergent, online and social media;
      • mythical constructs used in news and feature reporting;
      • the links between journalism and popular culture;
      • apocalyptic narratives in journalism and film in a post September 11 world;
      • literary journalism and creative non-fiction.

My Full CV (pdf)

Marcus O’Donnell August 2015


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