Dr Mark Selkrig

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 being employed in the higher education sector, Mark's professional experiences include working in primary and secondary schools as an art and technology teacher, an Artist in Residence and as a Leading Teacher in Middle Years Schooling. He has also worked in the health sector as a HIV sexual health educator and health promotion officer. Along with his work in various arenas of education Mark continues his art practice, having held over 10 solo exhibitions both in Australia and in 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 was awarded the Faculty of Education Emerging Researcher of the Year Award in recognition of research activities. He was also a joint recipient in 2006 of the Faculty of Education Award for University Teaching for a Program that Enhances Learning, a team award for the educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations. Mark is also a Churchill Fellow receiving an award in 2003 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mark is interested and curious about the intersecting areas of: arts, education, change making and learning in systems, communities and cultures. He is always keen to work, talk and collaborate with others who also have an interest these areas.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Sadler, K., Selkrig, M. & Manathunga, C. (2016 online). Teaching is... opening up spaces to explore academic work in fluid and volatile times. Higher Education Research and Development. 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.

Keamy, R. K. & Selkrig, M. (2013). The effectiveness of protocols when pre-service teachers engage in online collaborations: An exploration. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (2), 102-117.

Selkrig, M. A. (2012). Becoming a bricoleur: Constructing sculptures to explore complex and troublesome dimensions in educational research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/1743727x.2012.742051.

Selkrig, M. (2011). Learning about ourselves from others: Transformation of artists' identities through community-based arts practice. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 30 (5), 573-585.

Creative works

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

Manathunga, C., Selkrig, M., Sadler, K. & Keamy, R. K. (2016). Rendering the paradoxes and pleasures of academic life: Using images, poetry and drama to speak back to the measured university. Academic life in the measured university: pleasures, paradoxes and politics, 5th International Academic Identities Conference, Sydney.

Selkrig, M., Burke, G., Grenfell, J., Hannigan, S. & Wright, S. (2015). How do we know it when we see it? Insider perspectives about indicators of quality arts learning & exploring ways to ensure young people are provided with sustained arts-rich (quality) experiences as part of their schooling. Arts Learning Forum: Australia Council for the Arts, Melbourne.

Selkrig, M. (2015). Artist-teachers, teacher-artists and the fluid field of arts education: Drawing on the ways these educators engage and work in learning sites. College of Education: Diamond Series, Melbourne.

Selkrig, M., Sadler, K. & Manathunga, C. (2014, December 3). Opening up spaces to explore understandings of academic work in fluid and volatile times. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane.

Selkrig, M. & Keamy, R. K. (2014, December 2). Creative pedagogy: A case for placing teachers' creative learning at the centre. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane.

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 do 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)
  • Community participation as makers of permanent public art (Associate supervisor, PhD thesis)
  • Problematising knowledge management in workplace occupational health and safety (Associate supervisor, EdD thesis)


  • 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)

To find out more about Mark, see his webfolio.

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