Dr Richard Curtis

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Teaching areas

  • Indonesian language

Research areas

  • cultural studies
  • sociolinguistics
  • pedagogy of online language and intercultural teaching and learning

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Profile

Dr Richard Curtis lectures in Indonesian language from beginners through to advanced levels at USC. And helps coordinate the annual Intensive In-country Indonesian Language and Cultural program in Lombok run by the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI) consortium. He is also founder and co-program director of UniBRIDGE which facilitates online learning exchanges between Australian Indonesian and Indonesian English language university students.

Richard conducts research on contemporary popular culture in Indonesia, and is currently working on a lifewriting and poetry translations of disappeared people’s poet Wiji Thukul. Richard also crosses the nexus between teaching and research investigating the pedagogy of online language and intercultural learning experiences through student participation in the UniBRIDGE program.

Prior to his position at USC, Richard has taught at Charles Darwin University (Darwin), Curtin University (Perth) and the University of Tasmania (Launceston).

Professional memberships

  • Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
  • Indonesian Teachers’ Network of the Sunshine Coast
  • Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI) Consortium

Awards and scholarships

  • Joint Program Coordinator, UniBRIDGE Indonesian,(funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute at $20,000). Online facilitation of multi University, multi-language level, language and intercultural learning interactions between Indonesian students studying English and Australian students studying Indonesian, 2013–2014
  • Program Coordinator, Bridge University Pilot program (funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute at $26,000). Online facilitation of language and intercultural learning interactions between Indonesian students studying English at Nusa Cendana University, West Timor and CDU students studying Indonesian. In 2013 now called UniBRIDGE is a multi-university, multi-language level program between CDU, Murdoch University and the University of the Sunshine Coast, 2012–2013
  • Visiting Fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, 2011
  • Member of the ‘Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative’ CASR project (funded by DEWR at approx $400,000). CDU in collaboration with UNE, USC, and UTAS has developed shared Indonesian language curricula (core six semester units) for internal, on-line and incountry delivery; consolidated the viability and quality of the intensive incountry Indonesian language program at UNRAM, Lombok; and developed a strong basis for ongoing collaboration in teaching and research aided by internet based new media, 2007–2009
  • Program Coordinator, ‘Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship Indonesian Language Program’ (average annual budget of approx. $200,000 funded by DEWR). Three-week intensive language and cultural immersion to upgrade the skills and knowledge of practising and trainee teachers Australia wide, 2007–2010
  • LEAP (Learning Experience Alliance Program) project team member. Project title:Creating an Environment for Collaborative Language Learning, 2000–2002
  • Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Curtin University, 1992–1994
  • Co-recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence to the Asian Language Section, School of Social Sciences, Curtin University, 1991
  • One year Indonesian Government Scholarship through the Department of Education and Culture attending Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, 1986

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Pedagogy of online language and intercultural teaching and learning
  • Contemporary cultural production in Indonesia

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
'Cultural production and social dynamics in Tegal, Central Java' Richard Curtis NTU Project Grant 2001 Research leading to publication of articles on street performances and modern theatre in Tegal.

‘Managing the transition from an analog language laboratory to a multimedia computer laboratory’

Neville Saunders, Richard Curtis and Chris James

Division of Humanities Seeding Grant

2001

Research, design and installation of a dedicated computer laboratory with relevant software for language learning

‘Revisiting popular performance and subordinate class audiences in Indonesia’

Richard Curtis

Division of Humanities Seeding Grant

1999

Research leading to publications on contemporary shadow play and poetry performances

 

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