Dr Sarah French

Lecturer in Higher Education

Melbourne CSHE

Dr Sarah French is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE). She coordinates the Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership and is an advisor on Curriculum and Assessment for the Plus 300 FlexAP Program.

Sarah is an interdisciplinary researcher with research interests spanning the fields of higher education, theatre and performance, cinema, cultural studies and gender studies. She has published widely in the areas of feminist theatre and performance, film and philosophy and higher education.

Current Projects

Strategies for Success for Indigenous Higher Degree by Research Students and Early Career Researchers. $7,903. MGSE Research Development Award. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne. French, S (CI), 2021

Characterising approaches to online curriculum delivery during the COVID19 pandemic and their impact on student engagement and perceptions of learning. $19,292. MGSE Research Development Award (team project). Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne. Mulder, R. (CI), Deneen, C. (PI), Bone, E. (PI), & French, S (PI).

Disruption as a catalyst for change? Perceptions and approaches of teaching academics during COVID-19. $4,784. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Bone, E. (CI) French, S., (CI) Deneen, C. (PI) & Prosser, M. (PI), 2021.

Selected Publications

Books

French, S. 2017. Staging Queer Feminisms: Sexuality and Gender in Australian Performance 2005-2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

James, R., S. French & P. Kelly. 2017. Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

Book Chapters

French, S. 2017. ‘Neoliberal postfeminism, neo-burlesque, and the politics of affect in the performances of Moira Finucane,in Elin Diamond, Denise Varney and Candice Amich (eds.), Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

French, S. P. Kelly and R. James. 2017. ‘Futures for Australian Tertiary Education: Developing an integrated, coherent policy vision,’ in Richard James, Sarah French and Paula Kelly (eds.), Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

French, S & James, R. 2016. ‘Chapter 38: Australian Higher Education,’ in Christopher S. Collins, Molly N.N. Lee, John N. Hawkins and Deane E. Neubauer (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Asia Pacific Higher Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.583-595.

Refereed Journal Articles

Ryan, T., French, S. and Kennedy, G. 2019. ‘Beyond the Iron Triangle: Improving the quality of teaching and learning at scale.’ Studies in Higher Education.https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1679763

French, S., Mulhern, T.D. and Ginsberg, R. 2019. ‘Developing Affective Engagement in Science Education through Performative Pedagogies: The Performing Sciences.’ International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 27(5), 1-12.

Aston, R., Mulhern, T.D., Ginsberg, R. and French, S. 2018. ‘The Performing Sciences.’ Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Flinders University, 26-18 September 2018, 116-122.

French, S. 2018. ‘Talkin’ up to the White Woman’: Intersections of race and gender in Hot Brown Honey.’ Contemporary Theatre Review 28 (3): 320-331.

French, S & Kennedy, G. 2017. ‘Reassessing the Value of University Lectures.’ Teaching in Higher Education 22 (6): 639-654.

French,  S. 2015. 'Radical Adaptation: Hypertextuality, Feminism and  Motherhood in The Rabble's Frankenstein (after Mary Shelley). Australasian Drama Studies 65.

French, S. 2015. ‘The Feminist Performance Art of Brown Council: An Interview with Diana Smith.’ Double Dialogues 17.

French,  S & Shacklock, Z. 2014. 'The Affective Sublime in Lars von Trier's Melancholia and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.' New Review of Film and  Television Studies 12 (4) 339-356.

Other Papers and Reports

Corrin, L., Kennedy, G., French, S., Buckingham Shum S., Kitto, K., Pardo, A., West, D., Mirriahi, N., & Colvin, C. 2019. The Ethics of Learning Analytics in Australian Higher Education. A Discussion Paper, 1-32.

French, S. & Kennedy, G. 2015. The Value of Campus in Contemporary Higher Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne.

French, S. 2015. The Benefits and Challenges of Modular Higher Education Curricula. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne.