Teaching and Learning Forum

Dr Niranjala Weerakkody

Position: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Education
School: School of Media and Communication
Discipline: Media and Communication


Ph D (Rutgers U, NJ)
MA (Temple U, PA)
Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs (Sri Lanka)
BSc (University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka)


Nina Weerakkody currently teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods at undergraduate (ALC 208: Researching media: Texts, audiences and industries) and postgraduate (ALR732 Research methods for contemporary society-Stream B- Research principles and methods) levels. In addition, she teaches ALC 320: Approaches to media: Audiences and effects (Wholly online) and ALC 705: Organisational Communication at Deakin University. Her single authored book Research methods for media and communication (2009, Oxford University Press, pp. 308) is required reading for undergraduate, Honours, Masters and HDR level students at several other Australian and New Zealand Universities. Her co-edited book 'Where are you from?' Voices in transition (with Margaret Kumar and Heather D’Cruz) was published in 2010  by Common Ground Publishers.

Current teaching and learning projects/interests

Teaching and Learning in a wholly online unit that is theory and analysis-based; The teaching and learning of international students at Australian universities from the points of view of intercultural communication and communication competence.

Mentoring areas

Quantitative and qualitative research methods, media effects, intercultural communication, organisational communication, and communication competence.

Teaching and learning awards/fellowships


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


  • Vice-Chancellor;s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching 2003


  • Deakin University Teaching and Learning Academic Professional Development – Academic Explorer Award for e-Learning

Teaching and learning grants


  • Faculty of Arts and Education - Teaching and Learning Research Grant ($5000):
    The causes and effects of the 'cultural divide': Teaching and learning of international fee-paying postgraduate students in a multicultural classroom.


  • Faculty of Arts and Education - Teaching and Learning Research Small Grant ($1500):
    A case study of interactional situations in e-learning: Directed DSO group discussions for specific assignment tasks in a theory and analysis-based wholly online unit.


Lind to DOR to be provided

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