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Festschrift: Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Experimenting with Sexuality Education: Into the Wild

A Festschrift where International and New Zealand scholars honour and celebrate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan’s contribution to the field of Critical Sexuality Education Studies over the course of her lifetime.

Day: Friday 17 January 2020
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Rehua 620
RSVP by email to: elizabeth.gardiner@canterbury.ac.nz

Order of Proceedings
The Festschrift will begin with a mihi, followed by speakers from the University of Canterbury and partner universities. It will conclude with a poroporoaki. Morning tea will be served.

You are warmly invited to attend this special celebration for Kathleen.

Festschrifts – translated as celebratory writing – are nowadays often organised as a symposium to honour an academic towards the end of their career. This Festschrift takes its cue from Kathleen Quinlivan’s work – it’s an opportunity to think alongside her and to reflect on the “desiring forces” which she has encountered and brought together in sexuality education, internationally and at home. It is a chance to articulate how encountering the field with Kathleen continues to reshape our own student/teacher/researcher/friend subjectivities and the field.

In her latest book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People, Professor Quinlivan talks about sexuality education as unpredictable, messy and discombobulating. Kathleen values the creativity already burgeoning in young people’s lives, and urges us to “experiment with the potentialities that are already present in the lived everyday world of classrooms and research sites” (2018).  She urges us to recognise unproductive furrows (of which there are many in sexuality education and the academy) and also to experiment with the wildness of becoming other in terms of ideas/methods/practices and pedagogies.

She knows working with wild desires can be ‘dangerous’ – especially when we are engaging with young people in the confines of schools. But we should not understand Professor Quinlivan as simply jettisoning all that has come before; she recognises that history continues to live in the present and that the rhizome and the root – ‘are often interconnected – they simultaneously resprout as each other when broken off’ to “interrupt traditional binaries” – adult/youth, rationality/emotion, pleasure/prophylactics. At this event we will reflect together on Kathleen’s often wild interruptions, provocations and connections – pondering what they have offered each of us, and, what they will continue to offer the field of sexuality education.

Speakers at the event:

Professor Peter Aggleton, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Professor Louisa Allen, University of Auckland
Professor Jessica Fields, University of Toronto, Canada (zoom)
Associate Professor Jen Gilbert, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Didi Khayatt, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Sharon Lamb, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Dr Jean McPhail, formerly of University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor MaryLou Rasmussen, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Charles Shaw, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ngā mihi nui,
Associate Professor Annelies Kamp
Head of School
School of Educational Studies and Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Development

Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

Read the news story here>

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Education, Health and Human Development

We have commissioned global recruitment firm, Fisher Leadership to assist in conducting an international recruitment search for the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development. If you would like to know more about the position it is currently being advertised on our Work at UC page on the internet>


Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night

Co-hosted by the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development and the Pacific Development Team, Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night is a chance for staff, students and our  local community to come together, listen to some great speakers, play some fun games and witness some outstanding performances.

This is a free event and food will also be provided. Come along bring your flat mates, family and friends for a night to remember!

What: Jandals 3 – Fia Fia night

Where: Engineering Core, University of Canterbury: 69 Creyke Rd

When: 1 August 2018

Time: 5pm -7.30pm

Congratulations Shanee Barraclough

Graduation is a time of celebration around campus for UC’s students – some of whom are also members of staff.

We congratulate Lecturer / Coordinator of Counsellor Education Shanee Barraclough, who is graduating with her PhD (Education), why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this course of study?
I had previously worked as a Psychologist for fifteen years before becoming interested in Counsellor Education at UC.

I initially worked as a Clinical Educator in both the Master of Counselling programme and the Child and Family Psychology programme, before gaining a permanent position as a Lecturer in Counselling.  At the same time I embarked on my PhD, in order to both further contribute to knowledge in the field of counsellor education as well as to obtain the requisite qualification for my position.

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: Coming into the role of Counsellor Educator I recognised that, while in my professional work as a Psychologist and Counsellor I had developed expertise in therapeutic models of change with clients, a different kind of knowledge base was required for educating counsellors.

In addition, because the taught model of therapeutic change in the Counselling Programme was underpinned by social constructionist principles, I recognised the need for the philosophy of counsellor education to align with this. Thus, I embarked on a PhD to further develop knowledge around identity and education for counsellors-in-training.    

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study? 
A: Juggling work, study and family over the previous five years has been a challenge! Having support from both colleagues and family members to enable me to prioritise time to focus on my PhD has been essential.  Deadlines and excellent PhD supervisors have been helpful as has a lot of yoga!

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
Graduation is an opportunity to mark and celebrate an important achievement, for myself and with those who have supported me in making this achievement possible. I am especially pleased to be able to have my parents in the audience who worked hard to enable both myself and my brother to be the first to achieve University degrees in our family, as well as to have my daughter there so she too can begin to imagine what might be possible for her.