Dr Kirstin Mills is passionate about teaching the joys, wonder, and excitement, and the intellectual, emotional and practical value of reading and studying Literature. In 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 literature, through both textual analysis and broader historical, 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, and many of her students go on to pursue further units in this field. She also enjoys working closely with students to improve their research and writing skills, and she has received many commendations from students for the quality and extent of her individually tailored writing advice.
Kirstin is experienced with both face to face and online approaches to learning and teaching. In both formats she has received praise from students along with several award nominations and commendations from the University’s Academic Senate for her commitment to student satisfaction and teaching excellence.
2019 – Present: Sessional Lecturer-in-Charge in the National School of Arts, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus
2009 – Present: Sessional Lecturer, Convenor and Tutor in the Department of English at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (On-Campus Teaching and Online Teaching via Open Universities Australia [OUA])
LIT854: ‘Narrative Theory and Method’ (Masters Level Unit), MQU
ENGL303: ‘Narrative and the Novel’ (MQU)
ENGL206: ‘Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic’ (MQU)
ENGL209: ‘Children’s Literature’ (MQU)
ENGL203: ‘Contemporary Literature’ (MQU)
ENGL205: ‘Australian Literature’ (MQU)
ENGL108: ‘Politics and Literature’ (MQU)
ENGL120: ‘Approaches to English Literature’ (MQU)
ENGL140: Children’s Literature: Worlds of Fiction (ACU)
Kirstin has received several commendations from Macquarie University’s Academic Senate for excellence in teaching, and for the high rate of student satisfaction and retention in her courses, as well as several OUA Teaching Award nominations. These achievements are reflected in the high volume of positive testimonials offered by the students themselves, a few of which are shown below: