Professor & Associate Dean, Edith Cowan University

Professor Cullen has dedicated his life to teaching and learning. He has taught at universities in Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. His areas of expertise include health/ HIV journalism, media ethics and tertiary curriculum development.

He combines three roles within the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is Professor of Journalism, Associate Dean and Director of CREATEC - the School's Research Centre.

Professor Cullen has received several university and national teaching awards. Currently, he is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and the recipient of the Australian Government Award for Excellence in University Teaching.

He has received national and international grants and published more than 40 peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles and conference papers that have informed his teaching and that of many of his peers.

For further information - click on: www.trevorcullen.net (plus) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6705-0665

Professor Cullen came late to academic life. Before gaining a scholarship to undertake a doctoral thesis at Queensland university in the late 90s, he had worked as a missionary, teacher and broadcaster in the UK, Malawi, and Papua New Guinea.

His Degrees include: S.T.B (Hons) Theology; MA. Religious Studies (Leuven University, Belgium); MA. International Journalism (City, London University); PhD. Journalism (University of Queensland).

Experience

  • 1998–2014
    Reporter , International AIDS Conferences
  • 1994–1995
    Reporter, Vatican radio and TV
  • 1994–1995
    Reporter, CNS (Rome)
  • 1992–1993
    Researcher and reporter, BBC World Service
  • 1989–1991
    Editor, The Way (Malawi)

Education

  • 2008 
    Edith Cowan University, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
  • 2000 
    Queensland University, PhD
  • 1993 
    City University, London, MA
  • 1981 
    Louvain university, Belgium, MA
  • 1980 
    Louvain University, STB (Hons)

Publications

  • 2019
    Cullen, T. (2019). Press Coverage of HIV and other health issues in PBG';s Post-Courier: 2007-2017, Pacific Journalism Review 25 (1) 214-224
  • 2017
    Bonfiglioli, C., Cullen, T. (2017) Health Journalism - evolution and innovation in the digital age., Australian Journalism Review 39 (1) 13-22
  • 2017
    Cullen, T. (2017). Capstone units and the transition to Professional life, Australian Journalism Review 39 (1) 13-22
  • 2016
    Cullen, T., Davies, K. (2016). Data journalism classes in Australian universities: Educators describe progress to date. , Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26 (2), 1-16.
  • 2016
    Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2016). Improving HIV and STI responses through media and community engagement. , Pacific journalism Review, 22(1), 231-240.
  • 2016
    Cullen, T., (2016). Journalism capstone units based on agreed principles and standards., Pacific Journalism Review, 22(2), 172-184.
  • 2016
    Cullen, T., (2016), Designing journalism capstone units that demonstrate student skills. , Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 71(3), 360-370.
  • 2015
    Cullen, T., (2015). A Capstone Unit for Tertiary Journalism Programs That Aims to Facilitate the Demonstration of Graduate Capabilities. , Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25(2), 297-304.
  • 2014
    Cullen, T. Industry needs and tertiary journalism education: views from news editors in Western Australia. Teaching and Learning Forum, 2014, University of Western Australia, Perth, 30th January.,
  • 2014
    Cullen, T. ( 2014) Mind the Gap: Health reporting in the Pacific. , Pacific Journalism Review 20 (1) 200 - 2012.
  • 2014
    Cullen, T., (2014). News editors evaluate journalism courses and graduate employability. , Asia Pacific media Educator, 24(2), 209-224.
  • 2013
    Cullen, T. Online health information: Shortcomings and challenges.The Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 5th July. ,
  • 2013
    Cullen, T. (2013). Exploring ways to improve online health stories. , EJournalist, Volume 13 ( 2) .
  • 2013
    Cullen, T. (2013). Health reporting: Opportunities and challenges. A chapter in Investigative Journalism, edited by S. Tanner. , Oxford. Oxford University Press, pp. 232-245.
  • 2011
    Cullen, T. (2011). Health Reporting: The missing links. , Ejournalist. Vol 11 (2) 137-147.
  • 2010
    Reporting HIV in Papua New Guinea: trends and omissions from 2000 to 2010, Pacific Journalism Review. Vol 16 (2) 139-153.
  • 2010
    Cullen, T. (2010). Reporting HIV and its broader impact in Asia: The case of Papua New Guinea. Book chapter in Liberalizing, Feminizing and Popularizing Communications in Asia. , London: Ashgate, pp. 43-58.
  • 2010
    The use of narrative fiction to spread HIV information in Papua New Guinea, Ejournalist. Vol 10 (2) 32- 44.
  • 2010
    Promises, Promises, Promises. What Universities promise journalism students. , Australian Journalism Review Vol 32(1)
  • 2009
    Cullen, T. (2009). Journalists learn about Aboriginal communities and culture in Western Australia., Asia Pacific Media Educator. (20)1. 65 -76
  • 2009
    Cullen, T. (2009). HIV Surveys and HIV Communication Theories, in Changing Media, Media and the Millennium Development Goals. , Asia Media Information and Communication
  • 2009
    Cullen, T. (2009) Health communication theories: Implications for HIV reporting in Asia and the Pacific. , Asia Pacific Media Educator. 1(19) 112-125

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    A capstone unit for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities
    Role:
    Chief Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government Department of Teaching and Learning
  • 2014
    Beyond the Red Ribbon: Improving HIV and STI awareness and responses through media and community engagement.
    Role:
    Chief Researcher
    Funding Source:
    ECU Industry Collaboration Grant
  • 2013
    Narratives in health communication - a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours, 2013 - 2016, $123,525.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    European Commission, Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,
  • 2012
    Graduate Qualities and Journalism Curriculum Renewal: Balancing Tertiary Expectations and Industry Needs in a Changing Technological Environment, University of Wollongong, ALTC Grant, 2011 - 2013, $10,404.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Office of Learning and Teaching
  • 2007
    Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Grant

Professional Memberships

  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
  • National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU)
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA)
  • Amnesty International (AI)

Research Areas

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Journalism And Professional Writing (1903)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
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