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Career chronology

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Leaving Certificate

English 83% Music 82% Maths A 82% French 76% German 74% History 71% Maths B 66%

I didn't apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship (which of course I would have got) because I was a teaching bursar, meaning the Education Dept paid me to go to uni/teachers college for three years but then could send me anywhere in the state it liked - which turned out to be Narrogin.


English I (B), French I (D), German I (D), Philosophy I (D)

Education Department policy meant I was trained as a primary teacher for 2 years; if I passed at uni, I'd then do my practice teaching in third year secondary schools.

In May 1961 I sat for for the Associateship in Music (performance) and failed, gaining 133/200. The pass mark was 150/200.


English 20 (B), French 20 (C), German 20 (B)


English 32 [Poetry] (B), Greek 1B [for beginners] (failed)

Graduated presumably in early 1964 with a T.C. - Teachers Certificate, from Claremont Teachers College. It would now be a Bachelor's degree from Edith Cowan University.


Teaching at Narrogin Agricultural Senior High School (until end 1967). One English class (2D) and all the languages in the school: French and German, and maybe one class of Music.

Enrolled externally in English 31 [novel] but withdrew/failed.


Passed Ancient History 10 to complete the BA.


Education 30 Philosophy (A) for the Dip Ed, with Brian Hill, who devoted a lot of attention to slogans.


Teaching in England, at Chessington Secondary Modern School, and the Northampton Town and County Boys Grammar School.


Taught at GGS for the last semester of 1969 and then got a job at CCGS from the beginning of 1970. Resigned end of first term 1974.

Dip Ed: Education 31, Dr Adam; Education 32, Sociology, Peter Tannock. Cs for both. I had already done Education 30 with Brian Hill in 1967.

Changes since 1918 in the curriculum of foreign language teaching in American high schools, assignment for Education 31, Dip Ed, UWA, 1970.


French 32 (Poetry) (B).  I read (Term 1) Mallarmé, Valéry, Zola, Marcel Proust, the 'Combray' section of À la recherche du temps perdu (Mallarmé and Proust with Professor Lawler), (Term 2) André Gide (with Helen Watson-Williams), Les faux-monnayeurs, Malraux, Sartre (these two, M & S, with Bruce Pratt), (Term 3) Albert Camus, La chute (with Jones), and Alain Robbe-Grillet, La jalousie (with Bradshaw).  In 'Special Literature' I also read (Term 1, with Beverley Ormerod) Aimé Césaire, Cahiers d'un retours au pays natal, Jacques Roumain, Gouverneurs de la rosée, Edouard Glissant, La Lézarde (Term 2, with Prof. Lawler?) Apollinaire, (Term 3, with Prof. Lawler?) Claudel, Giraudoux, Genêt. I also did 'le background' (or French civilization) with Mme Lawler, language studies with Hunwick, Pratt, and linguistics.


Enrolled in MA Prelim - which became Honours - which I finished end 1973.

English 33 (Drama) with Bill Dunstone (and perhaps others).  Got a B, as I recall (it's not in the transcript—presumably because it became a component of an Honours degree).  [I submitted an essay to Bill called 'Visual metaphor in the plays of Samuel Beckett'.  He gave me B-/B> for it.]

Visual metaphor in the plays of Samuel Beckett, English 33, UWA, 1972


Completed Hons in English, getting an Upper Second (2A). I was enrolled on a fulltime basis although also teaching fulltime at CCGS.
English 31 with Bruce Williams as my tutor. (I attended one tute with Peter Cowan - to avoid Bruce, because he was a friend - but Peter was so dreary that I begged Bruce to let me into his tutorial.)
I wrote one major essay for Bruce, which he thought was worth B minus - which he called an 'above-average' mark in his comment.

Ethical structure in Middlemarch, English 31, 1973

Special topic in Yeats with Ray Francis as my tutor.
Theory unit, perhaps led by Bruce Bennett, or Veronica Brady, or both. I think it was the latter.
Hons dissertation on Beckett.

The Divided Self in Samuel Beckett's early plays and Film, Honours dissertation, 1973


Began receiving a Murdoch Studentship from May 1974, enrolled for M Phil.


Wrote and presented two programs for Singing and Listening, ABC radio, broadcast 6 April and 17 June 1977.

I submitted my dissertation in 1977, and it was accepted by the Board of Research and Postgraduate Studies in September, after which it went to Academic Council and then Senate. I don't know the date of the Senate meeting, but I assume it was before the end of 1977.


First graduation ceremony of Murdoch University, 5 April 1978. I graduated MPhil with this dissertation:

Formal Aspects of Fictive Narrative in Africa, MPhil dissertation, Murdoch University, 1977

I gave lectures in the African Literature course (unit), but published only one paper which arose out of the thesis, in an Indian literary journal. I don't think it was refereed, but it is my first academic publication; at 36, a late starter.

'Centre and periphery in Achebe's novels', The Literary Half-Yearly, XXI, 1, Jan 1980.

After completing a Masters degree I thought of going on to PhD and had discussions with Veronica Brady at UWA and was in fact enrolled for the first of three times in a PhD program. My other supervisor was to be Jim Legasse, who not much later died of an AIDS-related illness. I gave up that enrolment when we moved to Victoria.

I started working at 6UVS FM, the first FM radio station in WA, in 1977, not long after it was launched on 1 April, and at the end of 1978 the University offered me a fulltime job as Talks Producer, but it was for only one year in the first instance. At the same time I applied for and got a job at Deakin University in Geelong as a Course Developer - a tenurable position.

At Deakin I enrolled for my second attempt at a PhD, supervised by Ian Reid. It was to be on much the same topic as at UWA: Australian metafiction. I had got the idea in the first place from Bill Reid who wrote his MPhil dissertation on that at Murdoch, but Ian was interested in the topic as well. I was going to concentrate on Moorhouse and Wilding, Bail, and Carey, who were all emerging writers then. But I did undertake to read 'all' of AustLit as background, and read, for example, all of Patrick White's novels. I gave up this second PhD when we left Victoria for the South Pacific, but there was one article that came out of it. Meanjin was refereed.

'The new writing in Australia: whodunnit?' Meanjin, 40, 2, July 1981.

Possibly because I wanted to go to Fiji, I wrote a paper to present at a conference there in 1981. It was published only in the conference papers:

'The implied teacher-learner dialogue in distance education', ASPESA Forum, Suva, 1981.

During my time at Deakin, I had to spend a period at the Education campus, at Vines Rd, the former Geelong teachers college. And Stephen Kemmis coerced me into writing jointly a paper on part of our work there for a high-status refereed journal:

'Collaboration between two universities in course development' (first author, with S. Kemmis and L. Bartlett), Higher Education Research & Development, 3, 1, 1984.


I was Coordinator of Course Development at the University of the South Pacific September 1983-October 1985. While still at Deakin I started the Certificate in Distance Education (from the AECS). I suspended that while at USP, and started the Graduate Diploma in Distance Education from SACAE (which became USA). I finished the GDDE when back at Murdoch from 1986, and then resumed and completed the CDE.

While at USP I wrote for publication three papers on aspects of Distance Education, and contributed to the research for a fourth.

'Student persistence in distance education: a cross-cultural multi-institutional perspective' (contributor; first author James C. Taylor), ICDE Bulletin, 12, 1986: 17-36. This article was also published in the Pakistan Journal of Distance Education, II, 2, 1985.

'Distance education at the University of the South Pacific' (first author, with Ivan Williams), ASPESA Newsletter, 1986.

'Improving satellite tutorials at the University of the South Pacific' (second author, with Ivan Williams), Distance Education, 7, 2, Sept 1986: 261-274.

'Satellite and kerosene lamp: distance education at the University of the South Pacific' (first author, with A. I. Williams), ICDE Bulletin, 12, Sept 1986: 57-61.


I got a job at Murdoch University starting 11 October 1985, and stayed there until I retired at the end of 2008. My first job was as an Education Office (Course Developer/Instructional Designer, at Lecturer level) on a 5-year renewable contract. My title was changed from Education Officer to Lecturer in Distance Education on 23 May 1989. I began in the External Studies Unit, reporting to the Director, Patrick Guiton. When that Unit was dispersed in 1994, I was assigned to the Communication Studies Program in the School of Humanities, and was granted tenure by a stroke of the pen of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Jeff Gawthorne.


Enrolled in a Law degree externally from the University of Queensland. Three units: LA104 Introduction to Law, LA102 Crime, and LAxxxContract. As I recall, I passed the Crime unit, but did not attempt to write anything on the Contract paper, tho I attended the exam. The unit was badly taught, and delayed over the summer, during which I couldn't be bothered studying, and so would have failed. I can't remember the result in the case of LA104.


During 1992-3, I dug out some of my 1970s research on African writer Ayi Kwei Armah, and wrote three papers, two of which were published in Span. The third was for a conference in Jamaica, out of which I chickened.

'Narrative situation and ideology in five novels of Ayi Kwei Armah', Span, 33, May 1992: 8-16.

'Ayi Kwei Armah: Postcolonialism/space/postmodernism', Span, 36, May 1993: 320-329.

'Ayi Kwei Armah's viaticum for the journey into space', previously unpublished, 1992.

I tutored in H263 Language Culture and the Unconscious for the first time in 1990, and then coordinated it in 1991 and 1992. As a result of this, I enrolled for a PhD under the supervision of Bob Hodge. I had OSP leave in the first semester of 1993 and wrote the whole dissertation during that time, submitting before the end of that year. I graduated in 1994 with a thesis titled:

Supertext and the Mind-Culture System: Freud, Lévi-Strauss, Bateson, PhD dissertation, Murdoch University, 1994

I published only one article arising from that research:

'Mind and Culture: Freud and Slovakia', M/C, May 2000.


From 6 July 1994 I held the tenured position of Lecturer in Communication Studies. The only later change to that title was the addition of 'Senior', when my promotion was achieved in 2003 at my second application.

On 15 August 1994, the Senate entered me into the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The graduation ceremony was in March 1995.

In Vijay Mishra's absence, I coordinated H229 Narrative Fiction I in 1994 and 1995, and H237 Narrative Fiction II in 1995. I then handed my lectures over to Abigail Bray, who encouraged me to turn them into a book. I did write a book I thought of as How to Read a Novel, but it was at last published in 2003 as:

Empowering Readers: Ten Approaches to Narrative, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, South Australia, 2003.


On 27 July 1997 my contract was transferred to the Rockingham campus, as Dean Tim Wright desired - which meant it had to be transferred back again 26 August 2002, when I happened to catch Dean Gary Martin's attention at an opportune moment.

I coordinated H231 Australian Cinema at Rockingham in 1998-99, and then, when Tom O'Regan left, coordinated it at Murdoch 2000-2008. I taught Tom's course for the first year, but then wrote my own course and published it (internally) as a book:

Ten Types of Australian Film, second edition, Murdoch University, 2008.

I continued to publish many short articles on films for ATOM - two in Metro, one in JCPCP, and one in JAS, but mostly for Screen Education - and was even contracted to write a book for ATOM, but the CEO withdrew from the contract. The plan for the book survives:

Film as Text, ed. Garry Gillard, [not published] 2009

My pre-retirement contract commenced 25 October 2008 with a termination date of 15 February 2009. My last day on campus was actually 20 November 2008.

Garry Gillard | New: 8 November 2017 | Now: 31 December, 2017