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About Dr Judith L Wilks

Dr Judith Wilks BTRP(Melbourne), GradDipEd(UNE), GradDipSocSci(Swinburne), PhD(Melbourne)
Coming from a Geography background Judith worked for many years as an Environmental Planner. She has also taught in a range of Geography, Sociology and Environmental Planning courses at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the University of New England. Judith has also taught a wide range of social science-based subjects Years 7 – 12 in NSW high schools in the state and catholic education systems. In 2007 she won the NSW Premier’s Energy Australia Environmental Education Teacher Scholarship to travel to Italy and the UK to study leading practice in UNICEF’s Creating Child Friendly Cities initiatives.
In 2008 Judith was awarded a Learning and Teaching Fellowship in the SCU School of Education to undertake a project titled Curriculum renewal in the secondary curriculum specialisation units. In August 2008 she won the "Geoff Connolly Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Geography Bulletin of the NSW Geography Teachers Association" for an HSC Geography Case Study on Mangrove Ecosystems. In 2009 Judith won this award for a second time for an HSC Geography Case Study on Urban Places. In 2011 Judith was the recipient of the SCU’s inaugural Excellence in Community Engagement – Leadership award. In 2013 and again in 2014 Judith was shortlisted for SCU Excellence in Community Engaged Learning awards.
Since 2008 Judith has been successful in obtaining research funding from: The Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching; the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; the Higher Education Equity Support Program; and the Southern Cross University Teaching and Learning Small Grant Scheme. Judith’s current research interests include: successful transitions to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; online teaching methodologies in higher education; active environmental education approaches such as child friendly cities, and participatory methodologies for children and young people.


Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Southern Cross University School of Education


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Contact Information

Coffs Harbour Education Campus
Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Australia 2450
Phone: (+61 2)6659 3911


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