Joanna MacDonnell is the Director of Education for the College of Arts and Humanities and also lectures in media studies, specialising in television and film production.
She joined the university following a career in television production and has research interests in the production and reception of television.
Her work in education has developed industry-relevant broadcasting courses, outreach to schools and has enhanced the student learning environment.
Joanna MacDonnell's work at Brighton follows a long and successful career in television production, where she was part of the team on BAFTA award-winning and nominated productions as diverse as Parkinson and Casualty.
Jo is a Principal Lecturer and the Director of Education and brings with her a wealth of experience in television programme and film making which enables her to uphold the ethos of the television and film courses by emulating industry conditions in teaching and assessment strategies. Jo has been awarded a University teaching excellent award, an excellence in community engagement award and also has an MA in Education.
Her research interests include continuing television drama and soap opera, media education and Widening Participation. She has contributed articles to the Media Education Research Journal, View: Journal of European Television History and Culture and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She also wrote the appendix for "Studio Television Production and Directing" by Andrew Utterbuck, published by Taylor and Francis.
She is currently engaged in a research project on continuing television drama and soap opera with a focus on the live episodes produced to celebrate programme and channel anniversaries.
Jo is a member of the ECREA the European Communication Research and Education Association. She is also a peer reviewer for Focal Press, Taylor and Francis and the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.
Macdonnell, Joanna (2013) Doing it live! Planning and preparing for a live drama episode – a case study of the “The Bill” (ITV, 2005) View: Journal of European Television History and Culture, 3. pp. 27-44. ISSN 2213-0969
Macdonnell, Joanna (2013) Demystifying university: using Facebook to develop a pre-induction online community to aid transition and retention In: Clark, Robin, Andrews, Jane, Thomas, Liz and Aggarwal, Rebecca, eds. Compendium of Effective Practice: Proven examples of what works in enhancing the student experience in higher education. Aston University; Higher Education Academy, Birmingham, pp. 14-17.
Macdonnell, Joanna (2012) Using the Belbin Team-Role Self Perception-Inventory to Form Groups and Assign Roles for Media Production Assessment Media Education Research Journal, 3 (1). pp. 50-62. ISSN 2040-4530
Acting and performance control – the actor’s experience of live television drama.
University of Brighton Excellence in Community Engagement Award
University of Brighton Excellence in Facilitating/Empowering Learning Award
Joanna MacDonnell was a member of the programme production team for the following major industry awards: