Christopher Orchard

Associate Deans

Associate Professor Christopher Orchard

PhD (UTAS), MArtsHons (CSU), GradCertRes (UTAS), GradCertWiradjuriLangCultHerit (CSU), BArtsHons (CSU), BArtsMultimedia (CSU)

Associate Dean (Academic)
Wagga Wagga
Building 26, Room 171

Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Education (FOAE) based at the Wagga Wagga campus. Christopher has an extensive history in Higher Education having occupied several academic and institutional leadership positions at Charles Sturt University since 2005.

Christopher is interested in building entrepreneurial capacity in the Higher Education sector. Christopher calls himself a 'connectivist', a conduit for information between differing perspectives acting as intermediary to bring about reconciliations, sustainabilities, new knowledge and opened discourse.

Christopher describes his approach to teaching as being centered in critical place-based pedagogies. Christopher’s teaching practice places a pedagogical focus on the dual aims of decolonization and reinhabitation, which as a method it seeks to; (a) identify, recover, and create materials, spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments (reinhabitation), and, (b) identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit people and places (decolonization).

PhD Supervision – Sabrina Keen

Christopher is an active researcher in the communication and creative industries disciplines interested in decolonising creative practice. Christopher is a member of the Critical Transdisciplinary Indigenous Studies Research Group and the Creative Practice Circle Research Group. Christopher has received numerous external grants over the last decade totally in excess of $350,000 principally in the area of ecological communication and the environmental humanities.

Christopher is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and is very interested in pursuing further study and research in the areas of policy-design, nation building and creative practice as resistance.

Member, Association for Death Education and Counseling

Member, Association for the Study of Language, Environment and Culture (ANZ)

Member, Australian Environmental Humanities Hub

Member, National Association for the Visual Arts

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