Kirstin Mills is passionate about teaching the joys, wonder, excitement, and intellectual, emotional and practical value of English Literature. In all of her teaching, her aim is to awaken a passion in her students for curiosity: for asking questions and seeking answers. She firmly believes that studying English Literature, through both textual analysis and contextual research, is crucial for developing an intelligent, engaged, and resistant outlook in an increasingly media dominated world. In literature, she believes, there is something for everyone, and quite often more than they would expect.
While she teaches on a range of courses, some more specialised than others, one of her favourite subjects to teach is the ‘Approaches to English Literature’ course at Macquarie University, where she takes pride in awakening and encouraging the excitement and deepening engagement of students as they delve further into the rewards and joys of studying English Literature.
Kirstin is experienced with both face to face and online approaches to learning and teaching, and in both formats she has been praised by students and academic senate alike for her commitment to student satisfaction, and teaching excellence.
2009 – Present: Tutor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Present: Tutor and Convenor for Macquarie University’s Open Universities Program
‘Approaches to English Literature’ – Macquarie University & OUA
‘Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic’ – OUA
‘Children’s Literature’ – OUA
Kirstin has been commended by Macquarie University’s Academic Senate for excellence in teaching, and for the high rate of student satisfaction and retention in her course. This achievement is reflected in the high volume of positive testimonials offered by the students themselves, a few of which are shown below: