Catherine Beavis joined the Faculty of Education (now School of Education and Professional Studies) at Griffith University in 2009 after many years at Deakin University. Since 1989 she has taught and coordinated units in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including English and literacy education, curriculum studies, language and literature, research methodology, digital culture, new media and new literacies; learning and computer games.
At Griffith University she supervises doctoral students in the areas of English curriculum, literacy education, digital culture, new media and new literacies, and teaches research methodology. Masters courses in the area of new media, new learning and new literacies are currently under development.
Her academic work addresses English and literature education, English curriculum history, young people and digital culture, ICT and new media, critical literacy, in and out of school literacies and computer games. She has co-edited four books in the areas of ICT, English and new literacies, English curriculum history, and schooling and sexuality, with a further two in preparation. She has published a number of chapters and papers in the fields of English and literacy education, young people, digital culture and computer games.
Competitive grant funding
She has a successful track record in national competitive grant funding and has been chief investigator with colleagues on three ARC Projects: one Discovery and two Linkage projects, as first named CI on both Linkages. She won a number of internally funded research grants at Deakin University. She has undertaken a number of research consultancies in the areas of English education and new media, and a long history of engagement with a range senior secondary curriculum committees and roles in Victoria between 1980 and 2006, and was a member of the ACARA Advisory Panel for English (2008-2010).
In 2007 and 2008, she was academic coordinator for the Australian Government Summer School for Teachers of English, Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs/Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; with Deakin University, Murdoch University, and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
She is currently a member of the editorial boards of seven journals:
- English Teaching: Practice and Critique (New Zealand)
- English in Australia
- Changing English (UK)
- Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
- Digital Culture and Education
- Australian Educational Researcher
- English Education (UK)
- Literacy (UK)
Her other memberships include:
- Australian Association for Research in Education
- Australian Curriculum Studies Association
- Australian Association for the Teaching of English
- National Council for the Teaching of English (US)
- International Reading Association (US)
- Australian Literacy Educators Association
- English Teaching Association of Queensland
She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the inaugural Colloque Genre et jeux video conference in Lyon, France, 2012, and of the Program Committee for the 4th International conference on Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning (DIGITEL) conference in Kagawa, Japan.
- Patron of the English Teachers Association of Queensland