Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and the Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University (Australia), Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and
Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. An outstanding teacher, she won six teaching awards, including the Australian National Teaching Award for the Humanities in 1998, along with others in the areas of disability and cultural studies. In 2005, Tara won both the Murdoch University Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year and the Teaching Excellence Award. In 2009 and she won the University of Brighton's Teaching Excellence Award, nominated by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She was a finalist for the 2005 Australian of the Year and also the 2005 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the Community Service category. In 1999 and 2002, she was short-listed for the Western Australian Citizen of the Year.
Tara teaches from first year right through to doctoral level. She commenced teaching through distance education in 1995 and via online learning in 1997. She was the Programme Leader of the Communication and Cultural Studies degree at Murdoch University, the Programme Leader of the Master of Arts Creative Media and the Head of Photography and Creative Media at the University of Bolton, managing 11 degree programmes.
Tara holds three Bachelor degrees: a first class honours degree in history, a bachelor of literature and communication and a bachelor of education (passed with distinction).
She holds a Graduate Diploma of Internet Studies, passed with Distinction.
Tara holds three Masters-level qualifications: a research MA in history (passed with distinction), a Master of Letters in Cultural Studies and a Master of Education with First Class Honours.
Tara also attained a Doctor of Philosophy, passed without correction.
She is the author and editor of thirteen books:
Digital Dieting: from information obesity to intellectual fitness, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)
City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal, Decay, (Berlin: Springer, 2013)
Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets, (Oxford: Chandos, 2012)
Thinking Popular Culture: War, terrorism and writing (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
The Revolution Will Not Be Downloaded: Dissent in the digital age (editor; Oxford: Chandos, 2008)
The University of Google: Education in the (post) information age (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)
Playing on the Periphery: sport, identity and memory (London: Routledge, 2006)
From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music (editor; Perth: UWA Press, 2005)
Digital Hemlock: Internet education and the poisoning of teaching (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002)
Ladies who Lunge: Celebrating difficult women (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002)
Tracking the Jack: A retracing of the antipodes (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2000)
Another book is being written through 2013: Understanding Cultural Studies (London: Sage, 2013)
Tara's podcasts are available from iTunes here.