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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 in the fields of teacher education and creativities and the arts. His research and scholarly work focuses on the changing nature of educators’ work and how educators navigate the ecologies of their respective learning environments. Linked to this focus is an interest in the ways concepts of quality and creativities are interpreted and promoted in education contexts. His work in these areas probes the uneasy tensions and intersections that influence change, capacity building and agency of individuals and communities. He is always keen to work, talk and collaborate with others who have an interest in these areas.

Mark has received awards for university teaching and research and also successfully coordinated various teacher education programs. Because of his expertise in innovative teaching approaches was appointed to the role of Blended Learning Coordinator in the College of Arts & Education (2016 -2017).  As well as working in higher education, Mark’s professional experience includes working in primary and secondary schools, and sexual health education in the community health sector. He is also a practising artist, having participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and several community-based arts projects.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Manathunga, C., Selkrig, M., & Baker, A. (2018). Enlivening the senses:  Engaging sight and sound to [re]consider the hidden narratives of academics in the histories of university education. History of Education, 47(2), 169 - 189. doi:10.1080/0046760X.2017.1420243

Selkrig, M. (2017). Teachers adopting artists’ pedagogies: Is it really that simple?  International Journal of Education through Art, 13(3), 333 - 347. doi:10.1386/eta.13.3.333_1

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. (2017). Digging deep and wide to hear how educators across Australia traverse the visual arts education landscape: What is happening out there?  Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra.

Selkrig, M., Keamy, R. K., Manathunga, C., & Sadler, K. (2017, November 28). Making visible collegiality of a different kind: Using arts-informed practice to challenge the politics of academic ‘performance’. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra.

Selkrig, M. (2017, November 9). Invited speaker, Teacher Presence: My role and work as a teacher in a blended learning environment. Paper presented at the First Year College Forum, Victoria University.

Selkrig, M. (2017, August 22). Considering the resilient voices of art educators to navigate, disrupt and re-frame the rough terrain of education policy. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research Copenhagen.

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)
  • With and against Squatter logic of elimination: How are Aboriginal teacher educators embedding Aboriginal standpoints in everyday teacher education programs and practices (Principal supervisor, PhD thesis)
  • Framing Creative Ecopedagogy in Indonesian Teacher Education   (Principal supervisor, PhD thesis)
  • Exploring classroom teachers’ perceptions of Music education in Australia (Principal supervisor, PhD 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).

Completions

  • Teacher retention and attrition in Victorian government schools (Supervisor, MEd minor thesis)
  • Teaching the sensitive stuff: An exploration of the preparation and practice of sexuality education teachers who teach sensitive topics  (Supervisor, MEd minor 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)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • 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