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Trevor combines three roles within the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH). He is Professor of Journalism, Associate Dean and Director of CREATEC – the School’s Research Centre that supports staff to produce quality research outputs.

Trevor also teaches, runs workshops, writes peer-reviewed book chapters/articles and delivers research papers on health, HIV, and journalism education in the Asia Pacific region.

He is the first journalism educator in Australia to receive two Australian government teaching awards – a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) to design journalism capstone units for use in Australian universities and an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT).

Trevor came late to academic life. Before gaining a scholarship to undertake a doctoral thesis on media coverage of HIV at Queensland university in the late 90s, Trevor had worked as a missionary, teacher and broadcaster in the UK, Malawi, and Papua New Guinea.

His first degrees were in Theology and then later in International Journalism.

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Testimonial by Dr. Debbie Rodan

Professional Associations

  • 2009 – National Advisory Board on reporting mental health.
  • 2007 – International AIDS Society, (IAS)
  • 2007 – International Association for Media and Communication Research, (IAMCR)
  • 2006 – Asian Media Information and Communication, (AMIC)
  • 2006 – Amnesty International, (AI)
  • 2005 – Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, (ACIJ)
  • 2003 – Australian Catholic Press Association, (ACPA)
  • 2002 – Australian Journalists Association, (AJA)
  • 2002 – National Tertiary Education Union, (NTEU)
  • 1999 – Australasian Medical Writers Association, (AMWA)
  • 1998 – Journalism Education Association of Australia, (JEAA)

National and International Research Positions

  • Accepted as a member of the European International Research Staff Exchange Program (IRSES)
  • Appointed as assessor for the Australian Research Council
  • Appointed Research Fellow at the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Visiting professor at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing
  • Visiting professor at Landau University in Germany
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Research Areas and Interests

  • Journalism education
  • Presentation skills
  • HIV journalism
  • Health journalism
  • Higher education trends
  • Student employability
  • Capstone curriculum
  • Media Ethics

Qualifications

  • PhD, Journalism. University of Queensland, Australia
  • Masters of Arts, International Journalism, City, London University, UK
  • Masters of Arts, Religious Studies – KU Leuven University, Belgium.
  • Bachelor of Theology – KU Leuven University, Belgium.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Health Reporting in the Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities
    Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017, 2017 – 2018, $9,900.
  • A capstone unit for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities
    Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT – Fellowship, 2015 – 2017, $155,311.
  • Narratives in health communication – a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours
    European Commission, Marie Curie Actions – IRSES, 2013 – 2017, $123,525.
  • Beyond the Red Ribbon: Improving HIV and STI awareness and responses through media and community engagement
    Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant – 2014 (Round 1), 2014 – 2015, $51,006.
  • Graduate Qualities and Journalism Curriculum Renewal: Balancing Tertiary Expectations and Industry Needs in a Changing Technological Environment
    Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT – Innovation and Development Grant, 2012 – 2013, $10,404.
  • Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy
    Australian Research Council, Grant – Linkage (APAI), 2007 – 2012, $252,197.
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Testimonial by Ying Wang

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Charismatic Televangelism In India: A Case Study Of Christian Broadcasting Network’s Impact On The Church And Community In India
  • Reporting Obesity in the Chinese and Australian media