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This year (2021) Dr Vallack published her first book with Routledge (London). As a culmination of decades devoted to the philosophy of education, it presents an original research methodology called ‘Soliloquy’. It offers a new approach to research, based on Husserl's pure phenomenology, and informed by psychoanalysis and Gebser's philosophy of consciousness. Soliloquy guides a reflective, first-person process, which ultimately reveals archetypal phenomena relevant to humankind.

Prior to her current appointment, Dr Vallack was an experienced Senior Lecturer in research methods, having written and taught related subjects at Monash and LaTrobe Universities, and also as a volunteer in Tanzania. She lectured in Film Direction at RMIT and Community Arts Performance at Ballarat University. Dr Vallack was also employed as an Academic Developer at Swinburne and LaTrobe Universities, working to aid lecturers in the Business and Humanities faculties, respectively.

In 2017 Dr Vallack was honoured to receive an international award as a runner-up in the European Conference of Research Methodology's Competition for Innovation in Teaching Research Methods, selected from a field of 30 international candidates. This competition involved the presentation of a written paper, a competitive, live pitch to the judges at the conference in Dublin, and resulted in a published book chapter. Following this success, in 2018, she was invited to edit a special edition of the peer reviewed, Electronic Journal for Business Research Methodologies, which she titled, 'The Intuitive Researcher'. 

Early in her career she was invited to present a Keynote address at the conference for the (ERA rated A journal) Association for Qualitative Research. This addess was to launch the selected conference theme of Arts-Based Research Methods. Two of her written plays about research methodologies have been performed by university students to live audiences at these prestigious conferences. The plays were well received as an alternative means of delivering what might otherwise be seen as fairly dry information.

Prior to her work in Africa, Dr Vallack worked as Research Fellow for the (online) Personal Learning Environments at Central Queensland University (PLEs@CQUni) project. This inquiry focused on the implications of Web 2.0 social media for educational course design. Funded by an ARC grant in 2007, this work was cutting edge at that time. Her contributions to this project included journal publications, a book chapter, and international conference presentations in Malta and Spain. She has since been invited to chair Mini Tracks for the European Conferences of Research Methods in London, Madrid and Dublin, and is now an invited member of the committee for this conference.

Dr Vallack’s diverse career has included both practical and theoretical work. Formerly an actor, writer, director and Drama teacher, she worked in TV Education (Channel 7, Melbourne) and then for four years in theatre-in-education with Polyglot Puppet Theatre touring throughout Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. She held many positions of responsibility within the Victorian Education Department, including a Cluster Educator position at Assistant Principal 3 level, overseeing research involving 13 schools in the Gippsland region. She is pleased to be able to draw on aspects of these past experiences to inform her current position as Arts Educator at James Cook University.

Teaching
  • ED1442: Arts Education for Primary School (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • ED1443: Early Childhood Arts Education (Level 1; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Soliloquy: A methodology for the research application of Husserl's transcendental phenomenology
  • Theatre as research: writing original plays to be used as a pedagogy for teaching research methodologies
  • First-person approaches to research: Invited Editor for Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods special issue involving intuitive approaches
  • Qualitative research methodologies
Experience
  • 2013 to present - Lecturer in Education, JCU (Townsville)
  • 2011 - Academic Developer, LaTrobe University (Bundoora, Victoria)
  • 2010 - Senior Lecturer in Education, St John's University (Tanzania)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Research Fellow, CQUni (Rockhampton)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Academic Developer, Swinburne University (Melbourne)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Runner-up winner of international competition for Innovation in Teaching Research Methodology: European Conference of Business Research Methods, Dublin, 2017
Other
  • 2018 - Invited Editor for the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods: Volume 16 Issue 2, Intuitive Researcher / Jul 2018
  • 2018 - Invited to Chair MiniTrack at European Conference for Research Methodologies in Madrid (2010) and London (2014/2017)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Invited to Chair MiniTrack at European Conference for Research Methodologies in Dublin 2018.
  • 2005 - Invited Keynote Speaker at the (international) conference for the Association of Qualitative Research in Melbourne. (The journal for this association was ERA rated A)
Publications

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Journal Articles
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Book Chapters
Conference Papers
  • Vallack J (2017) Alchemy Methodology: applying the arts to research. Proceedings of the 16th European for Research Methodologies. In: ECRM 2017: 16th European Conference for Research Methodologies, 22-23 June 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • Vallack J (2016) Alchemy methodology: transforming qualitative research. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. In: AARE 2016: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Vallack J (2015) Theatre as education. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. In: AARE 2015: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Freemantle, WA, Australia
  • Vallack J (2015) Alchemy for inquiry: a methodology of applied phenomenology in educational research. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. In: AARE 2015: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Freemantle, WA, Australia
  • Vallack J (2014) Soliloquy: a methodology for first‐person research. Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management. In: ECRM 2014: 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management, 16 - 17 June 2014, London, UK
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