Associate Professor, College of Arts, Victoria University

Tom Clark is President of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA) and Secretary-General of the International Federation for Modern Language and Literature (FILLM). He is also Deputy Chair of the Victoria University Academic Board.

Dr Clark's academic work combines an education in early English and Old Norse poetry with a professional background in speechwriting and policy advice to inform his teaching of rhetoric and public speaking, as well as various research projects looking at the poetic qualities of contemporary public language. He currently teaches students of Public Speaking and Communication, and has trained Victoria University's participants in the '3 Minute Thesis' and the '5 Minute Research Pitch' competitions since 2012.

Recent collaborative projects include an international study of non-Aboriginal peoples and their attitudes towards Aboriginal reconciliation, a practice-oriented enquiry into the teaching of poetry within Australia's English curriculum, and a major overhaul of the Bachelor of Arts course at Victoria University.

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Associate professor, Victoria University, Melbourne
  • 2003–2004
    Speechwriter, Victorian Premier's Office

Education

  • 2003 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of Sydney, BA (Hons 1)

Publications

  • 2016
    The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation: Non-Indigenous People and the Responsibility to Engage, with Sarah Maddison and Ravi de Costa (eds), Springer Nature, Singapore
  • 2013
    Paul Keating’s Redfern Park speech and its rhetorical legacy, Overland: http://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-213/feature-tom-clarke/
  • 2012
    Stay on Message: Poetry and Truthfulness in Political Speech, Australian Scholarly Publishing: http://www.scholarly.info/book/9781921875670/
  • 2012
    For the Love of Regional Areas, Poetry ebook: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144367
  • 2011
    Exploring non-Aboriginal Attitudes towards Reconciliation in Canada, with Ravi de Costa, in Ashok Mathur et al. (eds.), Cultivating Canada
  • 2010
    'Ideology, Prosody, and Eponymy: Towards a Public Poetics of Obama and Beowulf', Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship 7.1-2
  • 2008
    'The Cup of John Howard's Poetry: a brief rhetorispective', Overland 190
  • 2003
    A Case for Irony in Beowulf, with particular reference to its epithets, Peter Lang, Bern

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Non-Indigenous pathways to reconciliation in Australia
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Focus groups on non-Indigenous attitudes towards Aboriginal reconciliation in Canada
    Role:
    Research Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
  • 2010
    Pilot project on non-Indigenous attitudes towards Aboriginal reconciliation in Canada
    Role:
    Research Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
  • 2009
    Speech writing consultancy
    Role:
    Consultant researcher and speechwriter
    Funding Source:
    NSW Premier's Office

Research Areas

  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing (1904)
  • Language, Communication And Culture (20)
  • Literary Studies (2005)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)