Barbara is the Course Leader for the postgraduate Diploma in TESOL and contributes widely to language teacher education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, Barbara is keenly involved with integration of comics studies within literature, media, film and screen studies, language, linguistics and creative writing programmes. Barbara is co-curator of the now annual Graphic Brighton, an event that brings together comics scholars, creators, publishers and members of the public within a particular theme (2014 featured Sussex-based creators, 2015’s theme was ‘Drawing in the Margins’ and 2016 is ‘Conflict and Resolution’).
Barbara Chamberlin has over twenty years teaching experience, over half of which have been at the University of Brighton. Her postgraduate qualifications (MA Media-Assisted Language Teaching) and teaching qualifications (Diploma in TESOL) have informed and enhanced her professional development. Barbara teaches and researches in both language teacher education and comics studies, areas which reflect her background and expertise in language teaching and teacher education, alongside current and future research and teaching in the interdisciplinary subject of comics studies.
Within language teacher education, Barbara’s research interests include professional development through reflection (and the integration of technology to facilitate this), cross-cultural communication and visual learning. Within comics studies, Barbara’s research interests include (but is not limited to) issues relating to representation of monstrosity within the medium (specifically gender and monstrosity), adaptation and modes of communication that work within the image / text interface.
Barbara has just started her part-time PhD at the University of Sussex where she is exploring the construction of female monstrosity in comics, a research area which brings together interests in comics, gender, visual / verbal representations, horror and monstrosity.
Barbara is co-curator of the now annual Graphic Brighton, an event that brings together comics scholars, creators, publishers and members of the public within a particular theme (2014 featured Sussex-based creators, 2015’s theme was ‘Drawing in the Margins’ and 2016 is ‘Conflict and Resolution’).
I have been teaching all my life, ever since finishing my Literature BA and moving to Brighton. It’s a job I continue to find interesting and rewarding, and I am fortunate enough to be able to teach across a range of disciplines that reflect both my professional experience and my research interests. The fact that I genuinely love what I teach is something that I want to come across clearly in the classroom, be it a lecture hall with a hundred undergraduates, or a small postgraduate seminar or one-to-one tutorials. For me, enthusiasm and energy is key, supported by strong subject knowledge and sound, context-appropriate pedagogy.
I have deep rooted beliefs about teaching and learning, though it is important that these do not become so fossilised to become immovable – as teachers we need to be able to respond and adapt to our students (and indeed the subject) as necessary. Context – who you are teaching, why they are learning, what they respond best to – is for me the primary factor for planning and delivering lectures and seminars.
I expect students of all levels to engage with their studies, to come to seminars having read and formed questions about what they read. I aim to encourage criticality through discussion, and for this to take place, a positive and safe learning environment needs to be established which caters for a range of learning styles and allows for open dialogue. I teach both international and home students at both under and postgraduate levels and enjoy the multiple perspectives that all students can bring to the classroom. I believe students learn as much from themselves and each other as they do from reading and teaching input, and believe in creating learning environments where this is encouraged.
Recent academic and research activity include: