Dr Gail Crimmins

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Dr Gail Crimmins


Teaching areas

  • Communication
  • Creative Industries
  • Drama

Research areas

  • narrative inquiry
  • arts-informed research
  • engaging and re-presenting voice


Dr Gail Crimmins initially trained as an actor and director and worked as an actor, director and casting director in theatre, television and film in the UK from 1993–1999. She began her academic career in 2000 initially teaching drama within higher education institutions and drama schools/conservatories. Within a few years of higher education teaching Gail became a Senior Lecturer in Education (specialising in Drama Education).

Gail is currently engaged as a lecturer in Communication. Within her role Gail coordinates and teaches into CMN103: Introduction to the Creative Industries and CMN102: Creativity and Communication. In addition, Gail co-coordinates and teaches into COR109, a foundational first year course that is mandatory for all first year students studying at USC.

Gail is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at USC. She is also an active researcher whose research predominantly focuses on narrative inquiry, collective memoir, and arts-informed methods of inquiry and communication.

Gail's Senior Fellowship with The Higher Education Academy is in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (ARRE)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Gender and Education Association (GEA)


  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship, 2016, in recognition and reward of teaching excellence
  • USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded to teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to the COR109 team (including Gail Crimmins)
  • HDR Special Presentation Award, Research Week, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2014
  • People's Choice Best Presentation Award, Learning and Teaching Week, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2014
  • Advance Award for Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2013
  • Good Practice BLASST award for benchmarking leadership and advancement of standards for sessional teaching, National Office of Learning and Teaching, 2013
  • Graduate Women Queensland Sunshine Coast Postgraduate Bursary, 2013

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

  • narrative inquiry
  • feminist research
  • arts-informed research
  • building the capacity of casual academics
  • the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Applying a connectedness learning model at USC to develop a networked approach to lifelong graduate employability MJ de Villiers Scheepers (lead), Ben Goldsmith, Mark Sayers, Peter English, Gail Crimmins, Joanna McIntyre USC Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant: Graduate Employability (A$30,000) 2017


This project applies an OLT connectedness learning model (Bridgstock, 2016) at USC in selected disciplines to assess students' current social network capabilities and implement action plans to improve these capabilities, thereby enhancing students’ employability and USC’s engagement with relevant stakeholder groups.

Explore and document coping strategies and support mechanisms employed by mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Gail Crimmins and Shannyn Meloncelli Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria 2015

This research aims to: record and share the diversity of coping strategies that mothers with RA employ; record and share the lived experience of women with RA; empower and educate mothers with RA by sharing with them practical strategies they and their families can employ; and educate and empower the family and friends of mothers with RA by sharing with them support strategies they can employ to help mothers with RA

Coping strategies and support mechanisms employed by mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Gail Crimmins and Shannyn Meloncelli Office of Engagement, University of the Sunshine Coast 2014 This project is designed to create a series of 'Youtube' clips to demonstrate how mothers with RA cope with caring for a family alongside managing the impacts of RA. The 'Youtube' clips will be used to educate and empower mothers with RA in managing their maternal role.
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