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Dr Cathy Farrell

Media Course Director; Lecturer, Media and Communication
PhD, Swinburne University of Technology , Australia; MA (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology , Australia; BSocSc (Honours), Swinburne University of Technology , Australia


Cathy Farrell has been a Lecturer in Media Studies/ Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology since 2002. During this time, she has won a number of significant awards for curriculum development and teaching: Cathy was awarded a 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning:

"For innovative incorporation of emerging technologies and social media into the classroom, providing relevant and engaging real-world learning opportunities for students."

She was also announced as a recipient of the 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (Higher Education) for:

"Her much valued contribution to educational programs at Swinburne - engaging students in a positive and productive learning experience; developing a number of 'real world' projects, many embedded in community and industry."

Cathy was awarded the 2003 Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Incentive Award in recognition of all-round professional excellence in the teaching of Media Studies.

In 2011, Cathy was invited to be part of the start-up team at Swinburne Online (12 month secondment). She was a valued member of the Academic Leadership Team and was Program Director for the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Social Science programs. The role required her to manage a number of programs and to work with a team to develop appropriate and innovative ways to deliver a wide range of university units online.

Upon her return to Swinburne University, Cathy was offered the role of Academic Projects Coordinator in the Learning Transformations Department (12 month secondment). This role included working with the University Professor of Education Quality and Innovation and LTU Team to develop and deliver an online Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.

Cathy is currently the Media Course Director and a Lecturer in Media and Communication.

Guest Talks:

Industry Partnerships, Community Engagement and 'Real Life' Learning through Project Work
University of Surrey, January 2010

Supporting Learning through 'Real World' Projects and Technologies
University of Westminster, February 2010

Beyond Bricks and Mortar: The Online Experience
Leeds Metropolitan University, January 2013

Previous Supervisions (Honours):
Emma Beddows (2009)
Fan Fiction: Celebration or Appropriation? (First Class Honours)

Brigitte Lambert   (2011)
Representation of Refugees: Tabloid v Broadsheet (First Class Honours)

Research interests

Social media; Women and sport; Australian football

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Associate students as Masters & Doctoral Supervision.


Available to supervise honours students.

Teaching areas

Australian Media Policy;Sports Media;Innovation Cultures;Digital Communities


  • 2009, National, Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • 2008, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2003, Swinburne, Swinburne VC Teaching Incentive Award, Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Farrell, Cathy; Farrell, C.; Farrell, Catherine
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