Jenna Mead


  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Associate Professor Jenna Mead trained as a medievalist, specializing in English literature of the late fourteenth century. She has published research on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and on inquiry into the afterlives of medieval culture, known as medievalism. She has also published research on Australian women's fiction and feminist cultural studies. A long-term commitment to pedagogy has produced papers in the scholarship of teaching and learning. As Academic Co-ordinator, 2011-2013, she established the Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons), an undergraduate research degree, at the University of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

Editorial Board, Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
Referee, Screening the Past
Editorial Committee, Cultural Studies Review [formerly The UTS Review A Journal of Cultural Studies and New Writing]

Funding overview

2015 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD], Forschungsaufenthalte für Hochschullehrer und Wissenschaftler, Juli-Sept, Universität Tübingen (€7,000)

2013 Office for Learning and Teaching, Ensuring the sustainability of an annual international conference of Australasian undergraduate research, Macquarie University (lead), UWA and ANU (partners) ($50 000)

2011 Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (FASSH) Investigator, Assessment and Feedback Project, University of Western Australia ($16 000)

Previous positions

Visiting Fellow (2014-15) College of Medicine
Biology & Environment
College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences The Australian National University

Current projects

Geoffrey Chaucer's Transnational 'Treatise on the Astrolabe' funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst

Inquiry into the Evaluation of Undergraduate Research Degrees HREC2014/720 with Dr Paula Newitt (ANU), Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Findlay (Griffith), Assoc. Prof. David Nisbit (ANU), Mr Stephen Jones (ANU)

Relevant Conference Papers
2013 with Tracy Frayne, ‘The developing narrative of the BPhil (Hons) online Centre for Undergraduate Research and the design behind its unit,’ Teaching and Learning Forum, Murdoch University, 7-8 Feb,

2012 with Sally Sandover and Lee Partridge, The dilemma: embedding for sustainability and the compromise to the learning environment, Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices, ISSOLT, Hamilton, Canada, 24-27 Oct

2012 Foundations of University Teaching, invited panelist, 11 July,

2012 with Shannon Johnston, Moodle Innovation at UWA: A showcase suite of units for learning, community and profession MoodleMoot, Gold Coast, 2 July

2012 with Shannon Johnston, ‘BPhil (Hons) Powered by Moodle,’ eLearning Expo, 11 May,

2012 with Sally Sandover, ‘Mission Impossible: Equity and Select-Entry Degrees,’ Teaching and Learning Forum: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment, Murdoch University, 2 Feb;

Industrial relevance

Leadership Development for Women program, UTAS (2008, competitive entry)
Australian Company Directors’ Course (2001)

Teaching overview

Undergraduate and Honours Teaching
1983-2014 early-late Medieval English Literature, Medievalism, Critical Theory & Research Methodologies, Australian Literature and Film Studies

MA Supervisions
1999-02 Emma Field, English MA, ‘Feminism and film’ (graduated)
1997-00 Berenice Eastman, English MA, critical edition of unpublished novel by Nan Chauncy (graduated)
1996-97 David Low, English, PhD, ‘The greenie genre’ (completed ANU)
1995-96 Kirsten Dunlop, English, PhD, ‘Medieval cities and their rhetorics,’ (completed UEA)

PhD Supervisions
2005-09 Jane McGennisken PhD (co-supervisor) ‘Literary texts in the primary/secondary school curriculum-the cultural, social & educational implications’ (graduated)
2002-05 Deane Blackler, PhD (associate), ‘Adventurous Travels of a Disobedient Reader- A Reading Practice for the Fiction of UTAS.G. Sebald (graduated)
2004-07 Stuart Solman, Masters, (associate) ‘The Space of the Australian City- Representations and Contestation (1990-2005’) (graduated)
2001-05 Margaret Kilmartin, PhD (associate) ‘Women General Practitioners in Australia’ (graduated)
2001-03 Suzanne Moss, Masters, (associate), Orlan/Deleuze- Corporeal/(In)Corporeal (graduated)
2000-05 Joanna Richardson, PhD (associate), ‘An Annotated Edition of the Journals of Mary Morton Allport’ (graduated)
2006-10 Eleni Pavlides, PhD (co-supervisor) ‘Multiculturalism Today-Texts, Contexts and Writing Practice’ (graduated)


Late medieval literary studies and codicology
Medieval science
Australian fiction
Scholarship of teaching and learning


Middle English
Old English

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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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