Phyllis’ background is in visual arts; art directing, portrait painting and graphic arts management in the NY Metropolitan area. Inspired by nature, her work has been reproduced on prints, cards and homewares and distributed worldwide.
Phyllis began teaching visual literacy at USC in 2002. Her MCA explored the resurgence in popular contemporary culture of the Green Man, an iconic image representative of humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The study, published as a book, analysed meanings and messages conveyed by the image through history. As well, the study investigated how visual information can transform thought and invoke action within societies. This led to teaching in a large first year, multi-disciplined, Education for Sustainability Development course (ESD) and her current research which focuses on pedagogical evaluation and optimisation of learning outcomes in science-based ESD courses. She is specifically interested in increasing science understanding through visualisation to enhance environmentally responsible behaviour (ERB) in the citizenry.
She currently writes and publishes information on futures that perpetuate desired life outcomes. Phyllis is a passionate proponent of education and currently teaches in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway Program.
- Honorary Membership Sunshine Coast Chapter Golden Key (2015)
- USC Advance Awards for Learning and Teaching (2013) for Advancing Quality Teaching
- Australian Association for Engineering Education
- Evaluation of curriculum and pedagogy in education for environmental sustainability
- Understanding of science and connection to environmentally responsible behaviour
- Interdisciplinarity and impact of imagery in education
- Environment, Technology and Sustainability
- Visual Literacy
- Academic Skills for Success
- Art History
Phyllis' specialist areas of knowledge include environment, technology, sustainability, literacy, delivery of teaching