Gina is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Higher Education. Her principal teaching, PhD supervision and research interests lie in contemporary women’s writing, Gothic, horror and postcolonial writing.
Her published work includes Margaret Atwood, an Introduction to Critical Views of Her Fiction (2012) Key Concepts in Postcolonial Writing (2007), Horror Fiction(2005) and Postcolonial and African American women's writing (2000).
Gina has written numerous articles and books on women’s vampire fictions, Daphne du Maurier, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, H.P Lovecraft, Toni Morrison, Nalo Hopkinson, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield. Other interests are postgraduate study and supervision: The Postgraduate Research Handbook (2001, 2008) The Good Supervisor (2005, 2012) Getting Published (2015). Gina Also writes short fiction and poetry. She edits Innovations in Education and Teaching International, online literary dark fantasy journal Dissections and poetry magazine Spokes. Gina is currently chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, on the Katherine Mansfield society committee, and the FEMSPEC board. She is a Higher Education Academy Principal Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow.
Gina's research interests combine across literature and pedagogy, leading to a National Teaching fellowship award (2005), Principal fellowship ( 2012), and recent commissioned work (2015) for the Higher education academy ‘Teaching Literature : Contemporary Gothic, threshold concepts, social justice and dialogue’.
She was awarded a staff and educational development association legacy award for outstanding scholarship in 2014. She went to school in the Middle and Far East, establishing an interest in postcolonial, gender equality, social justice and cultural diversity, while her interest in the Gothic springs from challenging complacencies.
She managed a large Access course, a Women’s Studies MA, and was guardian supervisor/tutor for 12 years for a cohort based international PhD of mid-career professionals (250 gained doctorates). Her pedagogic practice is based in learner-centredness, growing from working with learners in secondary school, further education, adult continuing education, Open University (OU) Cambridge university tutoring, undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin and The University of Brighton. She also works with staff, mainly on supervisory development and writing for publication, in the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Australasia. These interests emerge in her books, the first of which was Insights into Black women’s writing (1991)
Gina has supervised 30 PhDs through to completion, and examined 34, both across the fields of literature and Higher Education. She assesses for the South African NRF and Australian ARC. At Brighton she teaches on the women’s writing and feminist theory module and the Gothic module, contributes to the MA in literature, and supervises dissertations at BA and MA.
Subjects under her PhD supervision include linking creative writing and dystopian feminist and Charles Bukowski and film. She is currently chair of the contemporary Women’s Writing Association, on the board of FEMSPEC, and the Katherine Mansfield Association and a member of the world horror association.
Literature teaching and learning is a risky and dynamic experience, an interaction, a dialogue between people, ideas, language, text to create meanings. It is more of a form of praxis than the gaining of a body of knowledge. My pedagogic practice, teaching literature, aims to engage students in active learning, in a dialogue with the texts, considering the arguments and values with which these texts engage, and how they engage with them.
Threshold concepts (Meyer, Land and Cousins 2003, 2006) inform the strategies I use so students engage with ways in which texts use representation, language and form, in context, to enable transformational learning and change. My work is learner centred, valuing and helping hone the responses and growth of different learners, in different contexts. Constructive alignment (Biggs and Tang, 2007, 2011) ensures a well-planned, managed structure within which to learn and teach, demystification and scaffolding to enable a dynamic interaction between learners, texts and the world, in different contexts. Some technology enhanced learning, along with other accessible active practices, contributes to returning some of the agency to students to construct knowledge. My specialist area, contemporary Gothic literature, enables interactions between learner centred dialogue with the text, and issues of social justice (from ‘Teaching Literature: Contemporary Gothic, threshold concepts social justice and dialogue‘, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy is available online).
Wisker, Gina and Kiley, Margaret (2017) Helping students demonstrate mastery of doctoral threshold concepts In: Carter, S. and Laurs, D., eds. Developing research writing: a handbook for supervisors and advisers. Routledge, London, pp. 173-178. ISBN 9781138688148
Wisker, Gina (2017) Three dimensions and the three stages of the doctoral research journey In: Lategan, Laetus O.K., ed. Get Ready … Get Set … Go!: preparing for your doctoral studies and doctoral education. Sun Media, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 61-77. ISBN 9781920382940
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2017) The ‘creative-minded supervisor’: Gatekeeping and boundary breaking when supervising creative doctorates In: Fourie-Malherbe, M., Albertyn, R. and Aitchison, C., eds. Postgraduate Supervision: future foci for the knowledge society. Sun Media, Stellenbosch South Africa, pp. 335-349. ISBN 978-1-928357-21-6
Wisker, Gina, Kiley, Margaret and Masika, Rachel (2017) Threshold crossings and doctoral education: learning from the examination of doctoral education In: Frick, L., Trafford, V. and Fourie-Malherbe, M., eds. Being Scholarly: Festschrift in honour of the work of Eli M Blitzer. Sun Media, Stellenbosch, South Africa, pp. 117-124. ISBN 9781928314202
Wisker, Gina (2016) Dark Chocolate from the Literary Crypt: Teaching Contemporary Gothic Horror In: Shaw, Katy, ed. Teaching 21st century genres. Teaching the New English . Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK, pp. 23-43. ISBN 9781137553911
Leibowitz, Brenda, Wisker, Gina and Lamberti, Pia (2016) Postgraduate study in uncharted territory: a comparative study In: Fourie-Malherbe, Magda, Ruth, Albertyn, Claire, Aitchison and Bitzer, Eli, eds. Postgraduate Supervision: future foci for the knowledge society. Sun Media, Stellenbosch, South Africa, pp. 189-203. ISBN 9781928357216
Wisker, Gina (2016) Contemporary women's gothic fiction: Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses Palgrave Gothic . Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9781137303486
Wisker, Gina (2016) Houses of Death: Ruth Rendell's Domestic Gothic and the Emptying Out of Romance Contemporary Women's Writing, 11 (1). pp. 66-84. ISSN 1754-1476
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2016) Supervisor wellbeing and identity: Challenges and strategies International Journal for Researcher Development, 7 (2). ISSN 1759-751X
McCulloch, Alistair, Kumar, Vijay, van Schalkwyk, Susan and Wisker, Gina (2016) Excellence in doctoral supervision: an examination of authoritative sources across four countries in search of performance higher than competence Quality in Higher Education, 22 (1). pp. 64-77. ISSN 1353-8322
Wisker, Gina (2016) Beyond Blockages to Ownership, Agency and Articulation: Liminal Spaces and Conceptual Threshold Crossing in Doctoral Learning In: Land, R., Meyer, J.H.F. and Flanagan, M.T., eds. Threshold Concepts in Practice. Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice . Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 165-178. ISBN 9789463005111
Wisker, Gina (2016) Agency and Articulation in Doctoral Writing: Building the Messy Research Journey into a Well-Constructed Thesis In: Badenhorst, Cecile and Guerin, Cally, eds. Research literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers. Studies in writing, 31 . Brill, Leiden, Boston, pp. 184-201. ISBN 9789004304321
McConnell, Catherine and Wisker, Gina (2016) Case Study: Practice examples of involving students with SoTL work. Defining and supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): a sector-wide study [Report (for external body)]
Wisker, Gina (2016) Toil and Trouble: Professional and Personal Expectations and Identities in Academic Writing for Publication In: Smith, J., Rattray, J., Peseta, T. and Loads, D., eds. Identity Work in the Contemporary University Exploring an Uneasy Profession. Educational Futures . Sense, Rotterdam, pp. 143-154. ISBN 9789463003087
Jones, Jennifer, Masika, Rachel, Bowden, Rachel, Fowlie, Julie, Fyvie-Gauld, Marilyn, Guy, Elizabeth and Wisker, Gina (2016) What Works? Students' experiences and perceptions of belonging, confidence and engagement during the first year at the University of Brighton In: Flexible Futures: Articles from the Learning and Teaching Conference 2014, University of Brighton, 2014.
Wisker, Gina (2015) Teaching Literature: Contemporary Gothic, threshold concepts, social justice and dialogue HEA, York, UK.
Castelló, Montserrat, Kobayashi, Sofie, McGinn, Michelle K., Pechar, Hans, Vekkaila, Jenna and Wisker, Gina (2015) Researcher Identity in Transition: Signals to Identify and Manage Spheres of Activity in a Risk-Career Frontline Learning Research, 3 (3). pp. 39-54. ISSN 2295-3159
Wisker, Gina (2015) Developing doctoral authors: engaging with theoretical perspectives through the literature review Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 52 (1). pp. 64-74. ISSN 1470-3297
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2015) Experiences of the Creative Doctorate: Minstrels and White Lines Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, 2 (2). pp. 49-67. ISSN 2310-7103
Wisker, Gina (2014) Nothing wasted: engaging values and the imagination. How can working with feminist speculative fictions enthuse and engage students with social justice and sustainability in an age of austerity? Journal of Gender Studies, 23 (3). pp. 302-316. ISSN 0958-9236
Masika, Rachel, Wisker, Gina, Dabbagh, Lanja, Akreyi, Kawther Jameel, Golmohamad, Hediyeh, Bendixen, Lone and Crawford, Kirstin (2014) Female academics’ research capacities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq: socio-cultural issues, personal factors and institutional practices Gender and Education, 26 (1). pp. 52-69. ISSN 0954-0253
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2014) Picking up the pieces: supervisors and doctoral ‘orphans' International Journal for Researcher Development, 3 (2). pp. 139-153. ISSN 1759-751X
Strandler, Ola, Johansson, Thomas, Wisker, Gina and Claesson, Silwa (2014) Supervisor or counsellor? emotional boundary work in supervision International Journal for Researcher Development, 5 (2). pp. 70-82. ISSN 1759-751X
Wisker, Gina and Claesson, Silwa (2013) The impact of cross-disciplinary culture on student-supervisor perceptions International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 8. ISSN 1556-8881
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2012) Examiner practices and culturally inflected doctoral theses Discourse. ISSN 0159-6306
Wisker, Gina and Kiley, Margaret (2012) Professional learning: lessons for supervision from doctoral examining International Journal For Academic Development. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1360-144X
Wisker, Gina (2012) The good supervisor: supervising postgraduate and undergraduate research for doctoral theses and dissertations Palgrave research skills . Palgrave Macmillan, UK. ISBN 9780230246218
Wisker, Gina and Robinson, Gillian (2012) Doctoral “orphans”: nurturing and supporting the success of postgraduates who have lost their supervisors Higher Education Research & Development, 32 (2). pp. 300-313. ISSN 0729-4360
Wisker, Gina and Savin‐Baden, Maggi (2009) Priceless conceptual thresholds: beyond the ‘stuck place’ in writing London Review Of Education, 7 (3). ISSN 1474-8460
Wisker, Gina (2009) Encouraging postgraduate students of literature and art to cross conceptual thresholds Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 46 (3). pp. 317-330. ISSN 1470-3297
Wisker, Gina (2007) Key Concepts in Postcolonial Literature Palgrave Key Concepts . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 1403944482
Wisker, Gina (2007) The postgraduate research handbook (2nd edition): Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD Palgrave, MacMillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 0-230-52130-4
Wisker, Gina (2005) Horror Fiction: An Introduction Continuum Studies in Literary Genre . Continuum, New York, USA; London, UK. ISBN 082641561X
Wisker, Gina (2005) The good supervisor Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 1403903956
Wisker, Gina, Robinson, G., Trafford, V., Creighton, E. and Warnes, M. (2003) Recognising and overcoming dissonance in postgraduate student research Studies in Higher Education, 28 (1). pp. 91-105. ISSN 1470174X
Wisker, Gina, Robinson, G., Trafford, V., Creighton, E. and Warnes, M. (2003) From Supervisory Dialogues to Successful PhDs: Strategies supporting and enabling the learning conversations of staff and students at postgraduate level Teaching in Higher Education, 8 (3). pp. 383-397. ISSN 1356-2517
Wisker, Gina (2002) Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace A Reader's Guide . Continuum, New York, USA; London, UK. ISBN 0826457061
Wisker, Gina (2001) Sylvia Plath A Beginner's Guide . Hodder & Stoughton, London, UK. ISBN 0340800402
Wisker, Gina (2000) Post-Colonial and African-American Women's Writing: A critical introduction Macmillan Press Ltd; St. Martin's Press Llc., Basingstoke, UK; New York, USA. ISBN 0333727460
‘Female Vampirism’ in Women and the Gothic, ed. Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik published Edinburgh University Press
Looking for a Resting Place: Travel and Defamiliarisation in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Epilogue I: Pension Seguin’ in Katherine Mansfield’s French Lives Edited by Claire Davison, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France, and Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK Amsterdam Brill /Rodopi
‘Remembering and Disremembering Beloved: lacunae and hauntings’ in David Simmons, ed. Reassessing the twentieth century canon from Joseph Conrad to Zadie Smith Palgrave Macmillan.
Contemporary Women’s Gothic ‘From Lost Souls to Twilight’ in Charles Crow (ed ) 'Contemporary American Gothic 'Greenwood, US
'Spawn of the pit' Lavinia, Marceline, Medusa and all things foul: HP Lovecraft's liminal women. in New critical Essays ion H P Lovecraft ed. David Simmons, Palgrave Macmillan.
With Robinson G. Picking up the pieces: Supervisor and doctoral ‘Orphans’ International Journal for Researcher Development. Vol. 3 No. 2
With Robinson G Experiences of the Creative Doctorate: Minstrels and White Lines Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) Vol 2, No 2 Pages: 49-67 ) DOI: 10.14426/cristal.v2i2.36
Nothing wasted: engaging values and the imagination. How can working with feminist speculative fictions enthuse and engage students with social justice and sustainability in an age of austerity? Journal of Gender Studies 23(3)
Keynote ‘'I am not that girl’: disturbance, echoes, liminality, introspection in Eimear McBride’s: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.’ Keynote at the Cosmopolitanism/Women Writers/BiographySymposium at the University of Queensland.
‘Ghosts and Crocodiles: Uncharted Territories and Reclaimed Energies in Malaysian and Singaporean Gothic’ International Gothic Association conference , Vancouver.
Centre 21 Teaching new genres conference ‘Teaching Gothic Horror’.
University of Brighton pedagogical research conference paper on publishing academic writing – research on reviewers’ responses.
’Neil Gaiman’s Transatlantic Comic Horror Translation: From HP Lovecraft and Poe to Monty Python, Pete and Dud’ at The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts" Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences’ March
21st C technologies ‘Teaching C21st Gothic writing in a digital age – a few starts’. July.
International Gothic Association conference 'Putting the e in e Gothicist:C21st Gothic writing in a digital age '