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Associate Professor Gail Crimmins

PhD Sunshine Coast, PGCE Cardiff, BA (Hons) Exe., BA (Hons) Exeter University

  • Associate Professor, Communication
  • Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+61 7 5456 5954
Office location
Sunshine Coast

Gail is a trained actor and director and currently engaged as Associate Professor in Communication and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching).

Gail is an active researcher within the areas of gender, education, and arts-informed research. She published a monograph in 2018 and an edited volume of essays in 2019, for the Gender and Education Series for Macmillan/Springer, UK. Gail has also authored over 30 journal articles and book chapters published in peer reviewed publications, including the Q1 Journals: Higher Education Research and Development, Discourse, Studies in the Cultural Politics and Education, Assessment and Moderation in Higher Education, Education + Training, and International Journal of Academic Development. Gail curated a volume of essays that explore strategies for supporting inclusivity and diversity in Higher Education (to be published by Macmillan/Springer in 2020).

Professional memberships

  • Editorial Board of Higher Education Research & Development (HERD)
  • Editorial Board of Gender and Education
  • Universities Australia Executive Women's Group
  • Gender and Education Association (GEA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK


  • Citation Award, 2017, Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). Awarded to Gail as part of the COR109 team in recognition for a collaborative transdisciplinary team culture, which facilitates an exemplary supportive tertiary education experience for first year students through scholarly and informed curricula and resources.
  • 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
  • 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

Research areas

  • Gender and Higher Education
  • Feminist research
  • Arts-informed research
  • Narrative Inquiry

Teaching areas

  • Communication
  • Creative Industries
  • Theatre and Performance

Dr Gail Crimmins specialises in feminist research, gender and higher education, inclusivity and diversity in higher education, and arts-informed and narrative approaches to research.

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