Associate Professor Karen Vered

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (248)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Karen Vered's most recent achievement is a 2019 Individual Endeavour Leadership Award to support her ongoing research and professional development to enhance students' critical literacy through reading, reasoning, and writing. Hosted by King's College London, Vered will visit language and writing programs at several UK universities. The Endeavour complements her 2016 Australian Award for University Teaching which recognised her "Leadership in pedagogy that moves literacy development from the margins to the core of student learning experience and teaching practice - making writing 'everyone's business'." Vered publishes in Media Studies and Student Writing Development. A special issue of Across the Disciplines ( 2019:3), edited by Vered, Thomas, and Emerson, is an outcome from the 2016 symposium, From the Margins to the Centre: The Future of University Literacy Development and Writing Across the Curriculum, initiated and hosted by Vered. Among her recent publications in media studies is an article on the straight to DVD movies for children based on the Barbie doll character (co-authored with Christèle Maizonniaux). Well-known for her qualitative work on children's media use, Children and Media Outside the Home (Palgrave, 2008), explores what primary school children do with media in after-school care. Earning her PhD at University of Southern California where she was a researcher for EC2, the business and technology incubator within the Annenberg Center, she programmed the prestigious White House Summit on Internet Content for Children and Teens. Taking a voluntary redundancy in 2019, Vered maintains academic status with Flinders.

Ph.D. Critical Studies, Cinema-Television with Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies,
University of Southern California, 1998

MA Cultural Anthropology, Temple University, 1991
BA cum laude, Communications, University of California, San Diego, 1983
Honours, awards and grants

Endeavour Leadership Program, Individual Award, 2019

Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2016

Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation, 2008
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

Research expertise
Communication and media studies
Curriculum and pedagogy
Learning and teaching
Research interests

Karen Orr Vered publishes research in feminist media studies and in the area of student writing development and writing across the curriculum. Her qualitative media research explores the social dimensions of media use. She maintains a special interest in children, media and the intersections of education and leisure. She writes about television, film and media convergence. She has conducted research for South Australia's Department of Education and Children's Services and consulted with Nielsen/Net Ratings for the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now ACMA).

Teaching interests

I am dedicated to helping students improve their skills in critical reading, reasoning, and written expression.

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