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AsPr Nina Weerakkody

Position: Associate Professor
role description
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71340 +61 3 522 71340



  • Bachelor of Science, 1977
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs, 1984
  • Master of Arts, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1999


Australian New Zeal& American Studies Association,Member Association for Qualitative Research,Member Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication,Member National Communication Association,Member International Association for Media & Communication Research,Member International Communications Association,Member Australian & New Zeal& Communication Association


International Communication Association (ICA)
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Informing Science Institute (ISA)
National Communication Association (NCA-USA)
Asian Media and Communicaiton Centre (AMIC)
International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)

Professional activities

Member- Faculty of Arts & Education- Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG)
Member- Selection Committee BA in Media and Communication
Member- Course Advisory Committees:
BA in Media and Communication and Master of Communication

Faculty of Arts & Education Postgraduate Selection Committee


Teaching Interests

Bachelor of Arts

ALC 208: Researching media: Texts, audiences and industries
ALC 320: Approaches to media:Addiences and effects (Fully online)
Master of Arts
ALC 705: Organisational Communication: Culture, diversity, technology and change
ALR732: teaching ALR732: research methods for contemporary soicety-Stream B (Research foundations and methods)

Conferences and seminars

Recent conferences attended: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT, July 2010. International Communiaction Association (ICA) Annual Conference, 23-26 June 2010 Asian Media and Information Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference, 21-23 June 2010. International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS), Guangzhou, China, June 18-20, 2010.


Awards and prizes

Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching- 2003

Deakin University Student Association (DUSA)- Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Staff Award - Supervisor of the Year- 2005.

Deakin University Teaching & Learning Academic Explorer Award for e-Learning-2003.


Research projects

* High mobile phone bills and young people in Australia
* E- Learning and interactional situations in fully Online units.
* Communicative competence and the multicultural class room.

Research interests

Adoption and Diffusion of new communication technologies:

* Biometric devices (Australia, Malaysia and the USA)
* Digital TV (Australia and the USA)
* Mobile phones and children (Australia)
* Webcasting (Australia)

Intercultural communication competence and teaching and learning of international students in Australia
* Discourses of technology
* Technology, power and marginalisation

* Content analysis of media messages from critical and cultural studies perspectives.

* Racial and ethnic studies
* Race as political strategy (Australia and the USA)

* Cultural divide and international students

* Teaching and learning in a multicultural classroom

Research data analysis using SPSS (Quantitative) and NVivo (Qualitative) computer software

Research page

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