Bonnie Thomas

Dr, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.15, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Bonnie completed her PhD in French Studies and History at the University of Western Australia focusing on gender identity in contemporary French Caribbean literature. She currently teaches in the areas of French language and French and francophone literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bonnie also has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language.

Roles and responsibilities

Convenor of French Studies, School of Humanities

Vice President, Women in French Australia
Associate Editor, "Essays in French Literature and Culture"
Co-leader, "UWA Academy Fellowship Scheme" Community of Practice

UWA Academy Fellowship Scheme 'Champion'

Mentor and Assessor, UWA Academy Fellowship Scheme

Mentor, Australian Society of French Studies

Member, Peer Review working group

Funding overview

UWA Multimedia Innovation Grant 2005
UWA Research Grant 2006
UWA Teaching Fellowship 2005, 2008, 2013
UWA Research Development Award 2009
UWA Improving Student Learning Grant 2012
UWA Teaching Relief Grant 2016

UWA Research Accelator Scheme Pilot Project 2019 (CI Ned Curthoys)

Previous positions

Macquarie University, Sydney (2003)

As part of my role at UWA:
Equity and diversity advisor (2008-2011)
Arts faculty CATLyst (Arts representative for the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning) (2009-2010)

Advisory Board Member, Tuart College (2010-2018)

Convenor of French Studies (2013-2018)

Deputy Head of School (Education) (2016-2020)

Academic Conduct Advisor, School of Humanities (2016-2020)

Current projects

I am currently working on a project focusing on Haitian writer and publisher Rodney Saint-Eloi.

Teaching overview

Courses taught

  • Beginners French (FREN1401/1402)
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Intellectual Thought (FREN2001)
  • Francophone Caribbean Literature (FREN3814)
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FREN4102)

Teaching awards

  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (2019)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Excellence in Teaching Award (2018, 2020)
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2017)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award – High Commendation (2017)
  • UWA Excellence in Teaching Award (2015, 2018)
  • UWA Student Guild’s Student Choice Award (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (2004, 2009, 2014)
  • Finalist, UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (2012, 2016)
  • UWA nominee for national Excellence in Teaching Awards (2006, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021)
  • Additional UWA Excellence in Teaching Award nominations (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nomination for UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Research Supervision (2015)

Research

Francophone Caribbean literature
History, memory and trauma studies
Twentieth-century French intellectual thought
Gender Studies
Teaching and learning

Languages

English
French (near-native)

Research expertise keywords

  • Caribbean Literature
  • French And Francophone Literature
  • Memory And Trauma
  • Gender Studies
  • Education
  • French Caribbean and francophone literature
  • Gender issues and French feminism
  • History and memory
  • Teaching and learning

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