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Professor Trevor Cullen


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6354
Mobile: 0404 173 352
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 6354
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML6.218  

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

Current Teaching

  • CMM1304 - Writing for the Media
  • CMM5175 - Journalism in the New Media


Trevor has received several university and national teaching and research awards. His research areas include journalism education, health reporting 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.

In 2015, Trevor received an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellowship, followed in 2016 with the Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT). He is the first journalism educator in Australia to receive these awards. In 2017, he was appointed Associate Dean – Design, Media and Communications and Professor of Journalism.

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)

Journal Articles

  • Shine, K., Cullen, T., (2019), Student responses to a new project model capstone unit in journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 41(2), 241-255, UK, DOI: 10.1386/ajr_00009_1.
  • Cullen, T., (2019), Press coverage of HIV and other health issues in PNG's Post-Courier: 2007-2017. Pacific Journalism Review, 25(1 & 2), 214-224, DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v25i1and2.442.
  • Cullen, T., (2017), Capstone units and the transition from university to Professional life. Australian Journalism Review, 39(1), 89-98, Adelaide, South Australia, University of South Australia.
  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2016), Improving HIV and STI responses through media and community engagement. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(1), 231-239, Auckland, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre.
  • Davies, K., Cullen, T., (2016), Data journalism classes in Australian universities: Educators describe progress to date. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26(2), 132-147, 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, DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v22i2.65.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Representations of obesity in newspapers: A comparative study between China and Australia
  • 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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