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Dr Lee McGowan

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice

Personal

Name
Dr Lee McGowan
Position(s)
HDR Coordinator
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 0153
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Member of the Higher Education Research Network (HERN)

Member of the Queensland Writer’s Centre (QWC)

Member of the Sports Literature Association (SLA)

 

Keywords

football, soccer, football fiction, football writing, creative writing, digital writing, genre studies

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

A Scot living in Brisbane, Lee McGowan has spent the 6 years since his PhD graduation crashing through intensive, consecutive and concurrent teaching contracts in the Creative Industries Faculty. It’s been great for his teaching – where he’s picked up a handful of teaching and performance Awards; and his service, he regularly makes appearances at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and his industry network continues to expand:

  • His approach to learning and teaching and his work across unit coordination and curriculum design led to his role as Head of Studies for postgraduate coursework and subsequent role running of the Faculty’s professional doctorate program, The Doctor of Creative Industries;
  • He’s gained a Senior Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy and learned a lot about Faculty operations, he’s currently the Higher Degree Research Coordinator for the School of Creative Practice;
  • These successes have impacted on his opportunities to develop a substantial research track record, but he is doing something about that now;
  • He won a 2016 Arts Queensland Individual Award and was long-listed for the National Library Creative Arts Fellowship; in 2017 he won the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Community History Award;
  • He’s primarily interested in football, or if you’d prefer, fitbaw, futbol, il calcio, the association game, the world game, the beautiful game, or, as its increasingly less commonly known in Australia, soccer. His research on the history of the football novel saw him use the tools of distant reading to map the genre, unpack its conventions and read over 350 novels. The remarkable thing about it is he still loves reading football novels, and so his research in the field continues;
  • As a creative writer, practitioner researcher, he’s interested in telling stories. He has a keen interest in stories that move away from the traditional page. Recent non-traditional research outputs have included locative literature projects through Street Reads and Story City and a work of experimental theatre at Queensland Theatre Company;
  • He’s currently working toward a research project focused on the history of women’s football in Australia, Queensland and Brisbane – 10,000 people watched two women’s teams play the world’s most popular game in Brisbane in 1921. In the time since some of the country’s best and most important female players have emerged out of our fair city and he thinks its something we should be celebrating.
This information has been contributed by Dr Lee McGowan.

Teaching

Lee works across blended learning environments incorporating online learning activities and resources to augment the classroom experience. He has taught across a range of undergraduate units, predominantly in his discipline – creative writing. He has also designed and delivered core and capstone units in postgraduate coursework programs and run research events, programs and units in higher degree research:

  • Undergraduate teaching includes – introductory fiction and non-fiction units, short stories, great books, novel and memoir, youth and children’s writing, media writing;
  • Postgraduate coursework teaching includes – transmedia storytelling, entrepreneurship in the creative economy, project design in the creative industries, imagining creative futures, creative practice as research, and reflective practice theory;
  • Research training includes – Approaches to Research, Creative Practice as Research, and Project Development.
Lee has led design and delivery of a new Graduate Certificate qualification, and been heavily involved in reaccrediting postgraduate coursework programs and the Faculty’s Professional Doctorate Program, which has undergone a significant transition under his leadership.

He has also organised a range of Faculty Research Seminars and two Research Symposiums.

To date, he has 8 HDR completions in hand and is currently supervising projects in: transmedia storytelling, digital publishing, digital narrative ecologies, creative writing, dance and sport, and documentary making.

This information has been contributed by Dr Lee McGowan.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Community History Award: $21580 This award funds development of a crowd-sourced digital history of women's football (soccer) in Brisbane, Queensland.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Individual Award: $5371 Attended a writers retreat where I was able to work with Booker Prize-shortlisted M.J. Hyland, multi-award winning author Tessa Hadley and acclaimed novelist Zoe Strachan. I met with researchers at National Football Museums in Scotland and England and visited with academics at va range of institutions including Professor Jean Williams.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Thesis
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Deans Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2011
Details
Since 1991 Varuna has offered a number of Fellowships for Writing Retreats. Over this time Varuna has developed a unique environment encouraging sustained work, conversation and community among writers. Varuna play an integral role in the Sydney Writer's Festival and have supported a number of the national and international writers. Varuna Fellows include Kristina Olsson, Krissy Kneen, Benjamin Law, Kate Holden, and Toni Jordan.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2009
Details
my short story Slice won the 2009 inaugural QUT Postgraduate Writing Award.

Supervision