About

Formerly an actor, writer, director and Drama teacher, I worked mostly in TV Education (Channel 7, Melbourne) and then for four years in theatre-in-education with Polyglot Puppet Theatre and No Strings Puppet theatre, touring throughout Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. As a Drama teacher I held many positions of responsibility in Victorian Secondary Schools and later in London, before completing a PhD in Education and taking work in Higher Education. I have held memberships with Australian and British Actors’ Equity Alliances.

In recent times I have turned my attention to writing and producing theatre as academic research. I am also an experienced Academic Developer, having worked for some years in curriculum and staff development at Swinburne and Latrobe Universities in Victoria. This often involved identifying the professional development needs of staff and facilitating appropriate workshops and training sessions, as well as supporting and mentoring individual lecturers.

I have lectured in Research Methodology at Monash and LaTrobe Universities, and also as a volunteer in Tanzania.

Prior to my work in Africa, I was a Senior 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. My contribution to this project included several journal publications, a book chapter, and international conference presentations in Malta and Spain. I chaired a MiniTrack for the European Conference of Research Methods in 2010, and I remain a member of the Executive Committee for this conference.

In 2017 was honoured to receive an award (pictured) as a finalist in the European Conference of Research Methodology's Competition for Innovation in Teaching Research Methods.

Teaching
  • ED3094: Arts Education for Early Childhood (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3194: Arts Education for Primary School (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5225: Secondary Curriculum 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • ED5980: Teachers as Researchers for Learning and Change (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Soliloquy - A methodology for the research application of Husserl's Transcendental Phenomenology
  • Theatre as Research
  • First-Person approaches to research
  • 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 - Senior Research Fellow, CQUni (Rockhampton)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Academic Developer, Swinburne University (Melbourne)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2007 - PhD thesis nominated for Stuart Frazer Award for excellence
Fellowships
  • 2008 to 2010 - Senior Research Fellowship for PLEs@CQU project
Memberships
  • 2010 - Committee member European Conference for Research Methodologies
  • 2003 - Association for Qualitative Research
Other
  • 2005 - Keynote Speaker at the conference for the Association of Qualitative Research: Arts-Based Research Methods
  • 2010 to 2014 - Invited to Chair MiniTrack at European Conference for Research Methodologies in Madrid (2010) and London (2014)
Publications

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Journal Articles
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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  • Writing in Role: A new Process to Engage and Empower Students, Providing a Meaningful Context for Literacy Instruction. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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