Dr Julie Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences within the First Year College at Victoria University.

Julie began her Higher Education teaching career as a tutor in sociology and politics at the (then) University of Ballarat, and later Deakin University. Julie commenced employment at VU in 2012, as Lecturer in Foundations, Social Science, supporting first year student transition, retention, and success for students undertaking Community Development, Social Work, International Studies and the Bachelor of Arts.

Julie served as First Year Champion for the College of Arts and Education at VU from 2014-2018, before moving to the First Year College at the end of 2018.

Julie’s teaching and learning interests include active learning, and inclusive, transitional, relational and critical pedagogies, and she is a member of HERDSA and the International RAISE network. Julie’s disciplinary research interests include cultural politics, human rights, social movements, and life narrative and testimony as collective and non-violent social action. Her doctoral project examined the emergence and development of testimonial texts and practices as a central form of rights-based, transnational political action in the Tibetan refugee community. She is a member of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS).  

Julie is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching and contribution to the university, including an Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Excellence 2016. 


Areas of expertise

  • Life narrative and human rights
  • Testimonial life narrative practices
  • Tibetan diaspora Transnational social movements
  • Life narrative and testimony
  • Collective & non-violent social action
  • Transition pedagogy
  • Relational pedagogy

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5262

Refereed journal articles

Konjarski, L., Fletcher, J., Husaric, M., Kelly, K., KonYu, N., & Tangalakis, K. (2022) Women’s Work: Women leading women in a teaching-focussed first year college. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 19 (1), 92-106. https://doi.org/10.53761/

Book Chapters

  • Fletcher, J 2020 “Human Rights Practice and the Evolution of Testimony in the Tibetan Diaspora” in Bhoil, S. ed. Resistant Hybridities: Tibetan Narratives in Exile, Lexington Books, Danvers MA.
  • Fletcher, J 2014 “Come as you are: inclusive, transitional and multicultural pedagogy in a first year foundation unit” in Funston et al, Strong Starts, Supported Transitions and Student Success,  Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Fletcher, J 2009 “Border-crossing Witnesses: Life Narrative as Testimony in the Tibetan Diaspora” in Fernandez, J ed. Diasporas: Critical and Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford UK.

Conference Presentations

  • Fletcher, J 2019 “Embracing diversity in small class Block mode teaching: active learning for inclusion, engagement and student success” Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Conference, Newcastle UK Sept 4-6 2019.
  • Fletcher, J 2017 “Jane Austen’s Georgic Unions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity in Landscape, Community, and Marriage” presented at Undisciplined Austen, Flinders University Adelaide, July 2017.
  • Fletcher, J “Cries of Fire: contesting Tibet from the diaspora” ICAS International Convention of Asian Scholars 2015, Adelaide, July 3-9 2015.
  • Fletcher, J “Border Stories: Human rights discourse and life narrative in the diaspora”, paper presented in the Transnational Tibetan Identities Session, IATS XIII Thirteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences in association with the National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 21-27 2013.
  • Fletcher, J, Funston, A, and Zammit, B “Strong Starts: redesigning curriculum for retention, transition and student success” paper presented at the National Tertiary Education Union Annual Teaching Conference, Melbourne, April 23 2013.

Professional Memberships 

  • International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS)
  • Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement International Network (RAISE)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)