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50 years and counting

Friday, 23 December 2011


In a year that saw ECU celebrate 250 years worth of anniversaries, one staff member will has single-handedly add another 50 years to this total in 2012.

School of Communication and Arts CREATEC Honorary Professor Glen Philips has spent the past 50 years of his life working at ECU and its predecessor institutions.

He joined Graylands Teachers College in 1962 as an English lecturer and has moved through the former guises of the university, including Assistant Director of former Mount Lawley CAE, before retiring and taking up his current role of Honorary Professor in 2010.

Professor Philips’ creative and literary writing has been published and broadcast nationally and internationally.  In 1985 he created the first WA Writers Centre in the former home of writer Katharine Susannah Prichard where he is now Patron. Ten years later he helped establish the Peter Cowan Writers Centre based at ECU’s Joondalup Campus in the former home of Edith Cowan.

In 2005 Professor Phillips founded the first Australian Studies Week (ASW) at the Shanghai University for Science and Technology, China. He has subsequently attended all ASW events in Shanghai as either a keynote speaker or lecturer in Australian Literature.

He also helped established similar programs at the Shandong University (Wehai Campus) in 2010 and at the Mudanjiang Normal University in north-east China in 2011. His 20 years’ experience in China has enabled ECU to build strong links with the Chinese tertiary education system.

Professor Phillips, currently Director of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, said his ongoing commitment to ECU would not be possible without the excellent and friendly support of his academic colleagues and ECU students over the past 50 years.


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