Staff profile - Leonie Rutherford

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Dr Leonie Rutherford

Position: Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52271469 +61 3 52271469
Email: leonie.rutherford@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Affiliations

International Communications Association (ICA)
Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA)
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
International Society for the Study of Childrens Literature (IRSCL)
International Association for Communication and Media Research (IAMCR)
 


Professional activities

University Committees

Research Committee, School of Communication and Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts & Education Ethics Committee
Faculty Board, Arts & Education

Editorial and Reviewing Boards

Editorial Board - Papers: explorations into children's literature

Reviewing Boards - Media International Australia; Australian Journal of Education; Health Promotion International; Journal of Children and Media; Convergence; Theory, Culture & Critique; International Journal of the Humanities

Other Professional Roles / Esteem Indicators

2012 - Invited as ‘independent industry expert’ to judge Logies (children’s television progam award)
2012 -  Keynote Speaker, Australian Communications and Media Authority Symposium (‘Tune in to Kids TV’ - Citizens Conversation Series
2011 - Appointed Expert Reader of International Standing for the Australian Research Council
2011 - Invitation to peer-review research for Broadcasting Services Council (New Zealand)
2010 - Advisor on media to Raising Children Network Australia
2010 -  Keynote presenter to ARACY Industry Roundtable on Preschool Children’s Media hosted by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation

Academic

Teaching Interests

Children's and Youth Literature, Screen Media and Writing. Literary Studies and Children's Literature Honours Supervision and Coursework Units

Unit Chair

ALL228 - The Golden Age in Children's Literature

ALL230 - Re-imagining literature for Young People

ALL721 - Driven to Write (Writing Young Adult Fiction)

ALL 784 - Writing and Film


Subjects and units currently teaching

ALL228 - The Golden Age in Children's Literature

ALL230 - Re-imagining literature for Young People

ALL721 - Driven to Write (Writing Young Adult Fiction)

ALL 784 - Writing and Film

AAR413 Shakespeare Goes to the Movies (Honours Reading Unit)


Knowledge areas

children's and youth literature and media; digital literacies; digital television industry; television studies; longitudinal data analysis; role of media on children's health and behavioural outcomes; multiplatform textualities; narratology; nineteenth-century women's poetry and publishing; media and publishing history; empirical social research methods; critical institutional analysis


Media appearances

2012 Report of Keynote Presentation, Australian Communications and Media Authority Symposium - ‘Tune in to Kids TV’ - Citizens Conversation Series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jkskJ1JQ5Y)

2013 Report of the project - Promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts; with collaborators: Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris (Deakin Pyschology/CMHWB SRC), Assoc. Professor Suzie Edwards (ACU), Assoc. Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (Southern Cross) and international EIs. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/how-tv-characters-are-taking-over-our-childrens-lives/story-fni0fiyv-1226658940216

Research

Research projects

Current Research Projects

1 - Digital children’s television and multiplatform media (seed funded from DCRG 2010), with collaborators Dr Adam Brown (Deakin); Professor Jeannette Steemers (CAMRI Univ. Westminster); Dr Ruth Zanker (NZ Broadcasting School); and Dr Katalyn Lustyik (Ithaca Univ. NY)

2 - Digital Natives – Longitudinal study of Australian children’s, families’ and youth media use; with collaborators Professor Michael Bittman, Professor Len Unsworth and Jude Brown (UNE). Outputs include one ARC grant (2009-12); 2 nationally competitive tenders (2007, 2010); over 12 publications and numerous conference papers (2007-13)

3 - Promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts; with collaborators: Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris (Deakin Pyschology/CMHWB SRC), Assoc. Professor Suzie Edwards (ACU), Assoc. Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (Southern Cross) and international EIs.

4 -  The role of media and other risk factors for obesity in preschoolers; with Assoc. Professor Helen Skouteris.

5 - The book as artefact in the age of the app; with Dr Elizabeth Bullen (Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts).


Research interests

children's and youth literature and media; digital literacies; television studies;  multiplatform textualities; narratology; screen media and children’s environmental and health knowledges and consumption practices; animation and graphic genres; fantasy; nineteenth-century women's poetry and publishing; media and publishing history; empirical social research methods; critical institutional analysis


Research grants

  • 2009-12 - ARC Linkage (LP0991650), Digital Natives: Growing up with Old and New Media in Australia (with Bittman, M & Unsworth, L)
  • 2011 - Deakin Central Research Grant, Supporting obesity prevention and environmental education (with Skouteris, H)
  • 2010 - Tender, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), Young children and media
  • 2010 - Deakin Central Reseach Grant, Children's Digital Television Cultures (with Weerakkody, N)
  • 2007 - Tender, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Media and Society Review of Research on Media Influences of mainstream electronic media on children and families (with Bittman, M).


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=ruthele


Publications

Publications

Selected publications can be found on Deakin Research Online and Academia.edu


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