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Christopher Scanlon

Senior Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University

Christopher Scanlon is an award-winning educator with more than 20 years’ experience working in Australian universities.

He has wide teaching experience across different forms of journalism, including web development and digital publishing, podcasting, video journalism, print and magazine production.

He has also worked in leadership and governance positions, and product development, including leading the development of two postgraduate cybersecurity degrees and a suite of micro units.

From 1999–2007, Christopher was a co-editor of Arena Magazine and online editor of Arena until 2009.

In 2013, his work in teaching innovation was recognised with an Office of Learning and Teaching National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

He is the co-author of Raising Girls Who Like Themselves (Penguin Random House, 2021) and the Young Adult fantasy novels The Girl Who Fell (Black Inc, 2018) and The Girl Who Chose (Black Inc, 2019).

His work has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Punch, The Courier-Mail, The Canberra Times, Crikey, Business Spectator, The Monthly, Overland and Arena Magazine.

Christopher graduated from Monash University with a PhD in politics in 2004.


  • 2020–present
    Senior lecturer in Communication, Deakin University
  • 2018–2020
    Academic Director, Curriculum Accelerator , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017–2018
    Associate Director, Learning Transformations and Enhancement , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017–2017
    Chair, Teaching and Learning, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University
  • 2014–2016
    Academic Director, Learning Focus Area Hub , La Trobe University
  • 2012–2014
    Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
  • 2008–2012
    Senior lecturer in Journalism, La Trobe University


  • 2004 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1995 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts, Honours