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Kerry DunneProfessor Kerry Dunne

Director, Language Centre, Faculty of Arts

Office: 19:G100C
Phone: +61 2 4221 5806
Email: kerry_dunne@uow.edu.au

Qualifications

BA (Hons), MA (Hons) & University Medal, PhD (Syd), 
Dip Ed (La T)

Biography

I was appointed Director of the Language Centre in 2009 with the brief of consolidating and expanding the presence of languages and English language and linguistics in the University. Majors in Mandarin were introduced in 2010 and a minor in Indonesian. The Language Centre, which moved to its present location in 2011, now offers state of the art language learning and teaching facilities to enhance student learning.

I did my undergraduate (BA Hons) and postgraduate studies (MA Hons with University Medal and PhD) at the University of Sydney. I joined the University of Wollongong after having been employed at the University of New England (1987-2009) where I taught German, was Head of School (1998-2001; 2007-2008) and Academic Director of the Faculty of arts and Sciences (2008-2009). Prior to that I was a lecturer in German at the University of Sydney (1984-86), the University of Melbourne (1980-81) after having spent 1982-83 in Germany on a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarship.


Affiliations

  • German Studies Association of Australia (Vice President 2002-2007)

  • Women in German


Research Interests

My research is on several topics:

  • Post-war German film
  • German crime fiction
  • Günter Kunert, poet writer and dissident
  • Georg Büchner, the nineteenth-century dramatist, writer and political activist.

I am a member of an ALTC/OLT funded leadership project, Leadership for future generations: a national network for university languages (2011-12). The project led to the formation of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities(LCNAU, wwwlcnau.org), which is becoming a key body for tertiary language educators, especially in relation to language policy in Australia. The inaugural LCNAU conference was held in September, 2011.

My interest in delivery of language programs and TELL follows on from earlier research. An ALTC grant (2007-2008) funded the development of an interactive web-based curricuum, Deutsch e-rklart (http://tlc.une.edu.au/deutsch-erklaert/). Student outcomes and usage patterns of the online language sites yielded data on the impact of embedding language learning strategies to facilitate students’ becoming independent learners. Deutsch e-rklart also addressed the issue of diverse types of students studying in today's tertiary sector by providing a range of points of entry into a specific topic. A 2005-2006 Higher Education Innovation Program (Collaboration and Structural Reform) grant funded the design and development of a comprehensive assessment regimen using the affordances of the emerging interactive technologies

A second area of interest is German popular culture, and in particular contemporary German film and crime fiction. Popular culture reflects socio-cultural concerns, and my research contributes insights into issues central to contemporary German society. Films by prominent German directors of the post-war period such as Fatih Akin illustrate the multiple modes of performing German identity, and the depiction of society, often regional society, in the crime fiction of writers such as Voumlker Klupfel and Michael Kobr, and the Austrian writer, Heinrich Steinfest, reveals contested identities and allegiances in contemporary Europe.

My focus on identity, social commentary and the construction of meaning in 21st century German speaking countries is a development from my earlier research in literature which focussed on Gunter Kunert, (1929-), Georg Büchner (1813-37) and F.M. Dostoevsky (1821-81).

Publications

Searchable RIS publications from 2000 to date.

Books

Dunne, Kerry. Stranded on the Shoals of Reason? Büchner and Dostoevsky in Tandem, Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag, 2006, 186 pp. (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik)

Dunne, Kerry. Der Sündenfall: a parabolic key to the image of human existence in the work of Günter Kunert 1960-1990, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1995, 345 pp.

Edited Books

Bandhauer, Andrea; Boss, Bettina; Dunne, Kerry; Mehigan, Tim; Möllering, Martina; Veber, Maria. New Directions in German Studies: A Context of Interdisciplinarity, Dunedin: Otago UP, 2005. (Otago German Studies Vol 20).

Dunne, Kerry; Campbell, Ian, eds. Unravelling the Labyrinth. Decoding Text and Language. Festschrift for Eric Lowson Marson, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1997, 174 pp.

Book Chapters

 Dunne, Kerry. “Apocalyptic Imagery in Günter Kunert’s Novel ‘Im Namen der Hüte’” Kerry Dunne, Ian Campbell, eds. Unravelling the Labyrinth. Decoding Text and Language. Festschrift for Eric Lowson Marson, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1997, pp. 147-58


Dunne, Kerry. “The Linguistic and Performative Levels of the Sexual Register in Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’” [Chapter in a Sydney University Theatre Studies publication; accepted, but the book has not yet appeared] 

Refereed Journal Articles

Dunne, Kerry. ‘Side by side: Depicting Semblance and Difference in Fatih Akin’s Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven). Forthcoming.

Dunne, Kerry; Pavlyshyn Marko. ‘ Swings and Roundabouts: changes in language offerings at Australian universities. 2005-2011.’  Forthcoming. Dunne, Kerry. “Woyzeck’s Marie: ‘Ein schlecht’ Mensch’? The Construction of Female Sexuality in Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’”, Seminar 26.4 (1990), pp. 294-308

Levy, Mike; Möllering, Martina; Dunne, Kerry. An analysis of technology use in first-year language teaching at three Australian universities. Prospect. 24.3 (2009). http://www.ameprc.mq.edu.au/docs/prospect_journal/volume_24_no_3/Levy_et_al.pdf

Beck, Wendy; Dunne, Kerry; Fisher, Josie; O’Sullivan, Jane; Sheridan, Alison. 'Turning Up the Heat: Collaboration as a Response to a Chilly Research Climate.' Text. 12.2, 2008

Dunne, Kerry. 'Delivering subject choice and quality assurance in specialised disciplines: The University of New England’s model of subject delivery at the University of Newcastle' Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 31.2, Nov 2008 19.1-19.11.

Beck, W; Dunne, K; Fisher, J; O’Sullivan, J; Sheridan, A. “A Cappella and Diva: A Collaborative Process for Individual Academic Writing”, M/C Journal 9.2 May, 2006

Dunne, Kerry. “Günter Kunert. ‘Baum. Stein. Beton. Reisen zwischen Ober- und Unterwelt’”, Deutsche Bücher XXIV (1994/5), pp. 195-96. Dunne, Kerry. ‘Gespräch mit Günter Kunert”, Deutsche Bücher XXIV (1994/3), pp. 179-94

Dunne, Kerry. “No Conceivable Hope: The Symbolic Function of Medusa, Clio and the ‘Fee’ in Günter Kunert’s Work”, German Quarterly 76.2 (2003), pp. 155-167. 

Non-refereed Publications

Dunne, Kerry. Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Second Language Learning. CHOMI Bibliography No. 5, Richmond (Vic): Clearing House on Migration Issues, 1978. 23 pp (An annotated bibliography)


Dunne, Kerry. “The Contents of Their Wallet”, Kangaroo 1988: 5

Dunne, Kerry. “Gwen Harward. Short Stories”, Kangaroo 1990: 7

Invited Presentations and Plenaries

Dunne Kerry; Marko Pavlyshyn. Languages of Small Enrolment. The Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium. 2011.

Dunne, Kerry; Levy, Mike; Möllering, Martina. “What's on the menu? Options and issues for TELL in introductory language teaching.” Beyond the Crisis: Revitalising Languages in Australian Universities. Colloquium for Tertiary Language Teachers, Researchers and Planners. Feb 16-18, 2009. University of Melbourne.

Conference Papers

'Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen’. GSAA conference Brisbane, 2011

'Semblance and difference in Akin’s ‘Auf der anderen Seite’. Colloquium on German Turkish Cinema. University of Texas Austin. 2010 

'Side by side’ GSAA conference, Perth, 2009

'Blended models of Language Delivery”. Collaborating to Offer Small Courses/ Subjects Forum. University of New England. May 17-18, 2007

UNE’s German program at University of Newcastle. Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Brisbane; July, 2006

'May they rest in peace?: Joseph Vilsmaier’s Film ‘Stalingrad’” AULLA 36, Feb, 2003.

'Wie war das? (What was that?) Interactive multimedia software for listening comprehension.” AULLA 30, Feb. 1997

'Best Teaching Practice at UNE in European Languages.” AVCC CEQ (Course Evaluation Questionnaire) Best practice in University Teaching Symposium. Griffith University, October 1996. (Joint paper with Dr Hilary Hutchinson)

'Religious Imagery in Günter Kunert’s ‘Im Namen der Hüte.” AULLA 28, Feb 1995

'Das Bild Berlins im Werk Günter Kunerts” (The Image of Berlin in the Work of Günter Kunert).” Invited Paper. Goethe Institut Landeskundekonferenz. Maroochydore, QLD. July 1987'

Reports  

Nettelbeck, C., Byron, J., Clyne, M., Dunne, K., Hajek, J., Levy, M., Lo Bianco, J., McLaren, A., Möllering, M. and G. Wigglesworth. An Analysis of Retention Strategies and Technology Enhanced Learning in Beginners’ Languages Other Than English (LOTE) at Australian Universities. Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities 2009.

Dunne, Kerry Innovation with Quality Assurance: online curriculum development for the University of New England's multi-institutional collaborative programs in German at UNE, James Cook and Newcastle universities. March 29, 2009. ALTC. 20 pp.

Lehmann, Beat; Dunne, Kerry E-Tutor Manual. UNE. 2009. 30 pp.

Tynan, Belinda; Dunne, Kerry; Smythe, Robyn. Collaborating to Offer Small Courses/ Subjects Forum. University of New England. May 17-18, 2007. Sydney; Carrick Institute. 64 pp.

Dunne, Kerry; Corkhill, Alan.  Benchmarking Report on the Department of German, University of Sydney.  (2004) 10 pp.

Electronic Media

Evans, Jennifer; Lehmann, Beat. Dunne, Kerry. Deutsch erklärt. An e-program in German for introductory students.



Dunne, Kerry; Evans, Jennifer; Lehmann, Beat; Petzl-Berney, Julia; Web based assessment for all 8 undergraduate language units and for German Hons GRMN 401H

Dunne, Kerry; et al. Ach, so war das! CD-ROM. 2001. (Interactive multimedia program for enhanced listening comprehension for intermediate level students of German).

Dunne, Kerry; et al. Wie war das? CD-ROM. 1997. (Interactive multimedia program for enhanced listening comprehension for intermediate level students of German).

Submitted (under review)


a. Dunne, Kerry. 'Lessons learnt: student response to an online second language learning environment' (Journal of Open and Distance Learning)


b. Dunne, Kerry. 'Klüpfel and Kobr’s Kluftinger novels: Reading the clues to contemporary German identity' (book chapter submitted to German genre fiction)


Grants

a. Dunne, Kerry 1998-2000 CUTSD (Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development) National Teaching Development Grant – Individual:  Development of CD-ROM Ach, so war das!  For intermediate students of German ($45,100)

b. Dunne, Kerry 2005- 2006 Higher Education Innovation (HEIP) Program/ Collaboration and Structural Reform (CASR) Grant Cross-Institutional Rationalisation of Language Teaching: Provision of German at the University of Newcastle by UNE   ($113, 042)

c. Dunne, Kerry 2007-2008 Carrick Competitive Grant Innovation with Quality Assurance: Online curriculum development for the University of New England’s multi-institutional collaborative programs in German at UNE, James Cook and Newcastle universities ($195,000)

d. 2008 ARC Linkage Grant; An Analysis of Retention Strategies and Technology Enhanced Language Learning in Beginners’ Languages Other Than English (LOTE) at Australian Universities.

Team Leader: Prof C Nettelbeck, Melbourne University

e. Hajek, J. Lo Bianco J., Dunne, K., Li, L., Pavlyshyn, M.,  Nettelbeck C, Leadership for future generations: a national network for university languages ALTC/OLT (2011-12).

Research Students

Lukas Bauer, PhD candidate.

Prizes and Awards

2008 ALTC Citation for Outstanding contribution to student learning. German Team: Prof Kerry Dunne, Dr Beat Lehmann, Dr Julia Petzl-Berney, Dr Linda Hess-Liechti, Ms Jennifer Evans, Mr Iain Mackay, Mr Peter Hess. For sustained innovation in using technologies to foster distance education students becoming autonomous learners.

Affiliations

German Studies Association of Australia (Vice President 2002-2007) Women in German

Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.

Last reviewed: 26 June, 2015