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Associate Professor Trevor Cullen

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6354, Mobile: 0404173352, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.225
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6354
Mobile: 0404173352
Facsimile: +61 8 9370 6668
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.225  


Trevor is Associate Professor of Journalism within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • JOU2111 - Introduction to Journalism
  • JOU3113 - Health Journalism
  • JOU2103 - Media Law and Ethics
  • JOU3110 - Freelance Journalism


Trevor worked in Central Africa as a missionary, lecturer and broadcaster for ten years in the 1980’s, and then as an intern at the BBC in London and as a reporter for CNS in Rome in the early 1990s. Trevor worked as a university lecturer at DWU and as a Media Officer for CBC in Papua New Guinea in the late 1990s. Since 2002, he has been a lecturer, Course Coordinator, Program Director and Associate Professor  of Journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Trevor has received several university and national tertiary teaching awards and two national research grants (ARC and OLT), and his research areas include health reporting, health communications and media coverage of infectious diseases, especially HIV. He is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and he has been described as one of the top researchers in Australia on media and HIV. Trevor conducts workshops in Asia and the Pacific on reporting HIV and he works as a reporter at international AIDS conferences.

Trevor’s current projects include media training for AIDS organizations and HIV leaders, and teaching health communications as a Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing and Koblenz-Landau University in Germany.

Professional Associations

  • 2009 - National Advisory Board on the reporting of mental health.
  • 2007 - International AIDS Society, (IAS)
  • 2007 - International Association for Media and Communication Research, (IAMCR)
  • 2006 - Asian Media Information and Communication, (AMIC)
  • 2006 - Amnesty International, (AI)
  • 2005 - Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, (ACIJ)
  • 2003 - Australian Catholic Press Association, (ACPA)
  • 2002 - Australian Journalists Association, (AJA)
  • 2002 - National Tertiary Education Union, (NTEU)
  • 1999 - Australasian Medical Writers Association, (AMWA)
  • 1998 - Journalism Education Association of Australia, (JEAA)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2016 - Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT)
  • 2016 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015 - OLT National Teaching Fellowship
  • 2010 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching
  • 2009 - ECU Professional Development Scholarship
  • 2008 - Carrick Institute Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2008 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2007 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

National and International Research Positions

  • Accepted as a member of the European International Research Staff Exchange Program (IRSES)
  • Visiting Professor at the Communication of ChinaVisiting Professor at Landau university in Germany
  • Appointed as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council
  • Appointed Research Fellow at the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Research Areas and Interests

  • Journalism education
  • Curriculum development
  • Developing communication skills
  • Health communications
  • HIV Journalism


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Edith Cowan University, 2008.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in field of Journalism, The University of Queensland, 2000.
  • Master of Arts in International Journalism, England, 1993.


Recent Research Grants

  • Health Reporting in the Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $9,900.
  • A capstone unit for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Fellowship,  2015 - 2017,  $155,311.
  • Narratives in health communication - a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours,  European Commission,  Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,  2013 - 2017,  $123,525.
  • Beyond the Red Ribbon: Improving HIV and STI awareness and responses through media and community engagement,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2014 - 2015,  $51,006.
  • Graduate Qualities and Journalism Curriculum Renewal: Balancing Tertiary Expectations and Industry Needs in a Changing Technological Environment,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $10,404.
  • Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2007 - 2012,  $252,197.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Cullen, T., (2013), Health Reporting: Opportunities and Challenges?. Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World, 1(25), 232-242, Melbourne, Australia., Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Davies, K., Cullen, T., (2016), Data journalism classes in Australian universities: Educators describe progress to date. Asia Pacifc Media Educator, 26(2), 1-16, Cailfornia, US, Sage , DOI: 10.1177/1326365X16668969.
  • Cullen, T., (2016), Journalism capstone units based on agreed principles and standards. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(2), 172-184, Auckland, New Zealand , Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Cullen, T., (2016), Designing journalism capstone units that demonstrate student skills. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 71(3), 360-370, California, US, Sage , DOI: 10.1177/1077695816666077.
  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2016), Improving HIV and STI responses through media and community engagement. Pacific journalism Review, 22(1), 231-240, Auckland, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre .
  • Cullen, T., (2015), A Capstone Unit for Tertiary Journalism Programs That Aims to Facilitate the Demonstration of Graduate Capabilities. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25(2), 297-304, University of Wollongong, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X15604939.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), News editors evaluate journalism courses and graduate employability. Asia Pacific media Educator, 24(2), 209-224, Sage Publications - London, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X14555283.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), Mind the Gap: Health reporting in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review, 20(1), 200-212, Auckland, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre.
  • Cullen, T., (2013), Exploring ways to improve online health news stories. eJournalist , 13(2), 59-72, Australia, Central Queensland University.
  • Stewart, H., Williams, M., Cullen, T., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., Meadows, M., (2012), Teaching Journalism students how to tell indigenous stories in an informed way: a work integrated learning approach. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22(1), 55-67, Australia, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X1202200106.

Conference Publications

  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2016), Local community engagement: A pilot project that promotes better understanding of diseases. Proceedings of Teaching and Learning Forum 2016, 8p., online only, Curtin University.
  • Cullen, T., (2016), An overview of Tertiary journalism capstone units and the need for agreed principles and standards. Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education. Refereed papers from the 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference, 39(4-7th Jul, 2016), 66-73, Hammondville, New South Wales, HERDSA.
  • Uridge, L., Green, L., Rodan, D., Cullen, T., (2014), A vulnerable community of heart patients re/constructs media stories about cardiovascular disease. Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014, 1, ANZCA.
  • Cullen, T., Tanner, S., O'Donnell, M., Green, K., (2014), Industry needs and tertiary journalism education: Views from news editors. Transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 1-6.
  • Cullen, T., (2013), Online health information: shortcomings and challenges. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, 10 p., Perth, WA, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Cullen, T., (2014), Perspective: A fresh approach on tacking HIV awareness in WA. Perspectives, Online, Perth, W.A. , Science Network WA.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), Google Doctor: it's popular but is it accurate?. Edith Magazine, Perth, W.A., Edith Cowan University.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem - or the solution. The Conversation, Melbourne, The Conversation .
  • Cullen, T., (2014), A tale of two epidemics: media reporting on Ebola. The Conversation, Melbourne, The Conversation .

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Charismatic Televangelism In India: A Case Study Of Christian Broadcasting Network's Impact On The Church And Community In India.
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