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I am passionate about issues relating to Boys' Education, Literacies across the curriculum and the potential Critical and Transformative Pedagogies have for making a difference to students’ lifeworlds

Dr Sherilyn Lennon is a senior lecturer at Griffith University. She juggles her time between the city and a sheep, cattle and wheat farm in Western Queensland. As an educator with nearly thirty years’ experience living and working in ‘the bush’, Sherilyn has developed a wide and deep knowledge of issues relating to boys’ education, rurality, student and community engagement, literacies and critical pedagogies.  Her recent monograph, Unsettling Research (2015), examines what is possible when an educator – working from within her rural community – sets out to disrupt gender beliefs and practices that are limiting students’ academic performances and lives.

Dr Sherilyn Lennon

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior Lecturer in Secondary English, Literacy across the Curriculum and Boys' Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Gender Education
  • Literacy across the Curriculum
  • Transformative and Critical Pedagogies

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Sherilyn has been involved as a presenter surrounding her research around the areas of gender and education. Highlights include:

  • Association of Women Educators National Conference, October 2015. Topic- Unsettling research:  Creating spaces for transformative thinking around issues of gender in a Western Queensland community

  • Practice theory perspectives on pedagogy and education: Praxis, diversity and contestation symposium, Brisbane June 2015. Topic- Researchers have feelings too you know. 

Industry Experience

Sherilyn has collaborated with teachers and students across primary and secondary schools in rural and urban regions for many years and for multiple State and Federal projects. She has extensive consultancy experience in the fields of literacy across the curriculum and boys' in schools particularly. Sherilyn has developed Professional Development programs surrounding her areas of expertise that have been delivered in both rural and urban regions.

  • Awards: Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Research and Innovation Award for Excellence for her doctoral research. Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) Queensland award, Australian College of Educators (ACE) prize for outstanding postgraduate research in the field of education.
  • Professional Memberships: Association of Women Educators (AWE), The English Teacher's Association of Queensland (ETAQ), Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA). Sherilyn is also a registered Queensland teacher.

Research Expertise

Sherilyn is heavily involved in research in the areas of critical pedagogy, social justice theories, gender and education, literacy and public pedagogies. Examples include:

  • · (2018). The uncomfortable teacher-student encounter and what comes to matter. Teaching in Higher Education, 23(5), 619–630.
  • · (2017). Literacy. In Teaching Middle Years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment - 3rd edition (pp. 115–132).
  • · (2017). Using critical and post-critical pedagogies to pick at the seams of patriarchy from the inside. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 38(3), 377–388.
  • · (2017). What I really want from this course is庠Tailoring Learning to Meet Students⠎eeds, using Pedagogies of Connection and Engagement. In Student Engagement and Educational Rapport in Higher Education (pp. 87–103).
  • · (2016). Re-turning feelings that matter using reflexivity and diffraction to think with and through a moment of rupture in activist work. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1–12.

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