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Dr Mark Selkrig

Cert IV in Workplace Training (Wodonga TAFE), Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) (Uni Cambridge, LaTrobe), BEd (Melbourne State College), MA Visual & Performing Arts (Charles Sturt), EdD (LaTrobe)

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Education

Mark is a Senior Lecturer who works in the fields of Art and Creativity Education, Identity and Educational Research Methods and Design. He is currently the Blended Learning Coordinator in the College of Arts & Education and has previously coordinated the Master of Education program in the College.

As well as working in Higher Education, Mark’s professional experience includes working in both primary and secondary schools in various roles, as well the health sector in sexual health education.

Mark is a practicing artist, having held over 10 solo exhibitions in Australia, Europe and Asia. He has also participated in over 40 group exhibitions and several community-based arts projects.

Prior to joining Victoria University in 2012 Mark was an academic at La Trobe University. In 2011 he received the Emerging Researcher of the Year Award in recognition of research activities. He was also a member of a team who in 2006 received the Faculty of Education Award for University Teaching for a Program that Enhances Learning. Mark is also a Churchill Fellow receiving an award in 2003 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mark’s academic and research interests focus on the intersection and possibilities of art, creativity, education, change making, learning and educator work to build capacity and agency of individuals and communities. He is always keen to work, talk and collaborate with others who have an interest these areas.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Selkrig, M., & Keamy, K. (2017). Creative pedagogy: a case for teachers’ creative learning being at the centre. Teaching Education, 1-16. doi:10.1080/10476210.2017.1296829

Manathunga, C., Selkrig, M., Sadler, K., & Keamy, K. (2017). Rendering the paradoxes and pleasures of academic life: using images, poetry and drama to speak back to the measured university. Higher Education Research & Development, 36(3), 526-540. doi:10.1080/07294360.2017.1289157

Sadler, K., Selkrig, M., & Manathunga, C. (2017). Teaching is... opening up spaces to explore academic work in fluid and volatile times. Higher Education Research  and Development, 36(1), 171 - 186. doi:10.1080/07294360.2016.1171299

Selkrig, M. & Bottrell, C. (2016). Considering a methodology to provoke respectful conversations about creativity with arts educators. Australian Art Education, 37(1), 57-73.

Selkrig, M., & Keamy, R. K. (2015). Promoting a willingness to wonder: Moving from congenial to collegial conversations that encourage deep and critical reflection for teacher educators. Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, 21(4), 421 - 436. doi: 10.1080/13540602.2014.969104

Book chapter

Selkrig, M., & Keamy, R. K. (2017). Becoming comfortable with supercomplexity: Looking back, forward, in, out and shaking it about! In L. Ling & P. Ling (Eds.), Methods and paradigms in education research (pp. 309 - 325). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Creative works

Selkrig, M., Manathunga, C., & Sadler, K. (2016, August 17 -26). Academic postcards: Then and now.  (Curated Exhibition). Metro West: Victoria University.

Selkrig, M. (Artist) (2012). Mapping the In-Betweens, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo.

Selkrig, M. (Artist) (2010). Isolated plateaus [series of forty sculptures exhibited as part of the exhibition entitled Rustic Antics], Artspace Gallery, Wodonga. May 28 - June 19.

Selkrig, M. (Artist) (2010). Caprichos [series of fifteen sculptures exhibited as part of the exhibition entitled Rustic Antics], Artspace Gallery, Wodonga. May 28 - June 19.

Selkrig, M. (Artist) (2010). Corroding Habitats [series of fifteen sculptures exhibited as part of a group exhibition entitled Current Form], Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Wangaratta. March 6 - April 5.

Selkrig, M. (Artist) (2008). Do we know this place? [series of three sculptures exhibited as part of the exhibition entitled Dwell], a touring exhibition of north east Victorian Galleries including The Exhibitions Gallery Wangaratta and Benalla Regional Gallery. Sept 2008 - Feb 2009.

Conference presentations

Selkrig, M., Manathunga, C., & Sadler, K. (2016, November 30). Looking at the hidden narratives: Making academics' thoughts about research visible in supercomplex times. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne.

Burke, G., Grenfell, J., Hannigan, S., Selkrig, M., & Wright, S. (2016, November 29). Building our capacities to go deeper about quality arts education: engaging with praxis through dialogue. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne.

Selkrig, M. (2016 November 28). Collage as an arts-informed methodology: Engaging academics through images and text to reveal the work they do. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne.

Selkrig, M., & Keamy, R. K. (2016, November 27). Making spaces for teachers’ creative learning. Paper presented at the Creative Education & Research Summit, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Manathunga, C., Selkrig, M., & Baker, A. (2016 November 18 - 20). Enlivening the senses:  Engaging sight and sound to [re]consider the hidden narratives of academics in the histories of university education. Paper presented at the Sight, Sound and Text in the History of Education: History of Education Society, Worcestershire, UK.

Teaching responsibilities

Mark's teaching responsibilities at Victoria University have been in:

Unit advisor

Mark is the unit advisor for the following units:

Postgraduate research students

Prior to commencing with VU, Mark supervised Master of Education by coursework candidates. He is also eligible to act as a co-supervisor for Higher Degree by Research students.

Current supervision

  • Exploring how pre-service teacher educators with a background in the arts work collaboratively to facilitate pedagogies that promote creativity and innovation? (Principal supervisor, PhD thesis)
  • Teacher retention and attrition in Victorian government schools (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)
  • Embodied learning and teaching drama (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)
  • Organisational culture: Recognising and developing teacher leadership and agency (Associate supervisor, EdD thesis)
  • Problematising knowledge management in workplace occupational health and safety (Associate supervisor, EdD thesis)
  • Steiner Education in Australia (Associate supervisor, PhD thesis by publication)


  • Workplace apprentice learning and support for employers (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)
  • The learning journey of effective inclusive teachers in TAFE (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)
  • Teaching adolescents: Relationships between pedagogy and student engagement in secondary middle schooling (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)

Professional membership

  • Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • International Society for Education through Art (INSEA)
  • Art Education Australia (AEA), currently Vice President
  • Art Education Victoria (AEV)

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Areas of expertise

  • Adult learning
  • Artists as educators
  • Arts based and emerging research methods
  • Arts practice/s as research
  • Blended Learning
  • Communities of learning
  • Creativity and learning
  • Cultural education and visual arts
  • Educator dialogues and learning
  • Identities and learning
  • Middle years pedagogy
  • New learning technologies
  • Powerful learning in and through the arts
  • Social learning
  • Transforming educational settings

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2979