Teaching

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John Grant (Gary Bond) inspiring his students in Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971)

 

In the first term of 2019/20, I am teaching modules at the University of Greenwich, London South Bank University (teaching Film Reviewing and Curation), and the University of Winchester (teaching an existing Australian cinema module titled Discontent Down Under). I am also seeking further teaching opportunities for the second term – please do get in touch if you have any leads, or need anything covered!

Since 2013, I have gained the following teaching experience:

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON

Between 2013 and 2019, I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London in both the Film Studies and English departments. During this time, I taught a range of formal, historical, contextual, and theoretical modules at undergraduate level. As well as traditional lecture/screening/1-hr seminar modules, much of this teaching was carried out on screening/2-hr seminar modules, where I was the sole teaching contact for the students, and was often required to deliver mini-lectures to set up the concepts to be discussed.

As well as leading seminar discussions, I have delivered guest lectures and introduced module screenings (including providing last minute sickness cover to deliver the first two lectures of core first year module Introduction to Film Studies: Forms in 2018). I have also been responsible for a full range of formative and summative assessment at undergraduate and MA level (from seminar presentations to class tests, essays, and exams).

At King’s, I have taught on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Film Studies: Forms (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts (Level 4)
  • Critical Debates in Film Studies (Level 4)
  • Research and Scholarship in Film Studies (Level 4)
  • Film History: 1895-1930 (Level 4)
  • Film History: 1945-1980 (Level 4)
  • British National Cinema: London-Nation-Empire (Level 5)
  • Cinema and Spectatorship (Level 5)
  • Australian Literature and Film (Level 5) [English department]
  • Topics in World Cinema (Level 5)

Since 2017, I have also co-convened London and Film, an annual Summer School module taught to international undergraduates visiting King’s College London. These intensive three-week modules involve daily screenings, lectures, and seminars (delivered by myself and a colleague), as well as supervised trips to London museums and sites of topical interest. The popularity of this module is such that is one of the few modules to be repeated across both of the Summer School’s annual three-week sessions.

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

During the 2018/19 academic year, I was employed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, where I served as module leader for two full-year modules, Cinema and Space (Level 6) and Independent Filmmaking Practices (Level 5). I also convened and led the second term of a third full-year module, Cinema and Time (Level 6).

All three of these modules were delivered via two-hour seminars, and have involved a significant degree of re-design from their previous incarnations. As well as delivering mini-lectures and leading seminar discussions, I am responsible for all aspects of module administration, from updating and maintaining the Moodle page to designing assessments, setting up submission areas, and marking. Assessments on these modules include a mix of traditional written essays and innovative assessment methods such as video essays and creative projects.

In 2019/20, I am returning to Greenwich to teach Cinema and Space and Independent Filmmaking Practices, as well providing first term teaching and convening cover for Screen Histories (Level 4).

DECOLONISING BRITISH FILM HISTORY

As well as standard teaching assistant duties at King’s College London, I also collaborated on the transformation of the British National Cinema module, working with module convenor Dr Lawrence Napper and our teaching colleague Dr Kulraj Phullar to place the focus more squarely onto British cinema’s depictions of, interactions with, and reflections upon its Empire.

This has led the three of us to present conference panels on Decolonising British Film History at Modern British Studies (University of Birmingham, July 2017) and the British Association for Film, Television, and Screen Studies [BAFTSS] in 2018 (University of Kent) and 2019 (University of Birmingham), for which were joined by KCL colleague Sonal Kantaria. Following an excellent response to these panels, we are currently in the process of preparing a research funding bid to carry these ideas forward and broaden the efforts to further decolonise film studies in the British context. This preliminary research also manifested in the second Menzies Screening series, which I curated and hosted at the Menzies Australia Institute across the 2018/19 academic year.

OTHER TEACHING WORK

Between 2016 and 2018, I was also employed as a Visiting Lecturer (non-teaching) at the University of Hertfordshire, marking essays on the history and context modules for students studying towards a BA in Film and Television (Production).

LAST UPDATED: 12/08/2019
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