I am Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, and former Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. I  teach foundation and capstone Humanities subjects in the Bachelor of Arts.

In 2023, the third edition of Interviewing A Guide for Journalists and Professional Writers that I co-authored with Dr Gail Sedorkin was published by Routledge. 

My research interests are multi-disciplinary and cut across the areas of media history and censorship, communication, gaming and social capital formation, and mental health. As Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching (2015-2017; 2019-2021; 2023), I provided leadership and engagement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the college, and led work in curriculum development and review, staff professional development as well as student transformation and transition into and out of the university. My teaching and research activities in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) have been recognised by way of awards including two JCU Citations (2014 and 2021) and a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for  Teaching and Learning (OLT).

As an academic, I have over 30 years of tertiary teaching experience in the Philippines, the US and Australia. I have also worked as a journalist across media platforms and produced television news, documentaries and public affairs programs for the major television channels in the Philippines. I was a founding staff member and columnist for the Daily Tribune. 

I received a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the New School for Social Research (now New School University) in New York. I am a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

In 2023, I was invited to be a member of the jury for Exposing International News Neglect, Censorship, and Agenda Cutting.

Before moving to Australia in 2003, I was associate professor at De la Salle University (Manila). I joined Monash University in 2004, then moved to JCU Townsville in 2008. I am currently based in JCU's  Nguma-bada campus in sunny and tropical Cairns. 




  • BA3000: Arts Edge (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SY1001: Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology (Level 1; CNS)
  • Media censorship
  • Mental health
  • work-integrated learning (WIL) and curriculum development
  • gaming behaviour and the production of social capital; political engagement
  • Youth justice and community safety
  • Intergenerational and multicultural communication
  • Multimedia production
  • Work Integrated Learning and embedding placement into subjects
  • Curriculum design and delivery including eAssessment and authentic assessment
  • Public relations and campaign management
  • 2019 to 2023 - Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Cairns, Queensland)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Coordinator, BA, James Cook University (Queensland)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Townsville, Qld)
  • 2008 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Queensland)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Queensland)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Coordinator, Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism program, James Cook University (Queensland)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Lecturer, Monash University (Victoria, Australia)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Columnist, The Philippine Times: Australia's Filipino Newspaper (Melbourne, Victoria)
  • 1987 to 2003 - Associate Professor, De La Salle University (Philippines)
  • 2000 to 2002 - Columnist, The Daily Tribune (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1991 to 1993 - Executive Assistant to the Dean, New School for Social Research (New York, USA)
  • 1986 to 1991 - Executive Producer (AV and TV), Visions, Inc. (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Supervising Producer and Video Editor, Nightline:Manila (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1985 to 1987 - Columnist and Publisher, Balitang Kababayan (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1984 to 1986 - Research Associate to the Dean, Institute of Mass Communication, UP (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1981 to 1986 - Lecturer, University of the Philippines (Manila, Philippines)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar
  • 2021 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - For developing an inclusive and responsive Humanities capstone curriculum that motivates diverse cohorts to develop capabilities for work-readiness as critical thinkers and problem-solvers
  • 2018 - CASE Strategic Funds; Enhancing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on work-readiness and employability through internship and placement in the capstone, $10,000
  • 2017 - TropEco Award for Partnerships and Engagement - High Commendation for CrimWatch; weekly radio segment on TripleT Townsville Community Radio station
  • 2015 - JCU COGNOS Top User of the Year
  • 2014 - Australian Award for University Teaching -- Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning -- Wired for Employment: For leadership and excellence in developing and delivering a pioneering WIL-based curriculum in Multimedia Journalism
  • 2014 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2013 - Top Paper Award (with Dr Lilnabeth Somera and Dr Francis Dalisay), 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Intergroup Communication Interest Group). London, England, June 17-21, 2013.
  • 2009 - DEEWR (Curriculum Refresh -AUFT), $67.644 Curriculum Refresh project: Establishing the new Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism (with Dr Lindsay Simpson)
  • 2009 - Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching, $ 6000 Work Integrated Learning and Multimedia Journalism benchmarking project
  • Yale University China Studies Fellow, University of Hongkong
  • Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, Austria (https://www.salzburgglobal.org/)
  • Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Collaboration (AMHHEC)
  • Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society (lifetime)
  • 2007 to 2020 - Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
  • 2023 - Members of the jury for Exposing International News Neglect, Censorship, and Agenda Cutting
  • 2021 - $55,000 - Townsville Youth Development Strategic Plan (TYDSP Report) - Joint consultancy Headed by Dr Mark David Chong, and Dr Jamie Fellows
  • 2016 - JCU LTSE grant: E-book production (Public Relations); $2000
  • 2015 - JCU LTSE grant: Curriculum Research on 3Cs in Mental Health Education in Social Work; $10,000 with Dr Abraham Francis, Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ms Claire Swift (JCU Library)
  • 2015 - JCU LTSE grant: E-book production (Public Relations); $2000
  • 2013 - JCU TLD grant: Curriculum Mapping; $10,510 with the Modern Languages discipline
  • 2009 - JCU Faculty Grants Scheme, $3900 Media industry perspectives on journalism student's work readiness
  • 2020 to 2021 - Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) assessor

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