Kirsten has 28 years’ experience teaching across a range of levels and areas within art, design and media. She has developed an international reputation for innovative approaches to learning and teaching. In 2004 she was awarded a Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship and was invited to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception at Buckingham Palace in Celebration of the British Design Industry and Excellence in Teaching. Kirsten is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an HEA Academic Associate.
Kirsten is Chair of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows; Co-Chair of the International Society of Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Multinational Teaching Fellows Group; Executive member of the Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD); Secretary for the Graphic Design Educators Network; member of the Executive Council of the Ephemera Society; member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching; and member of the Design History Society (DHS)(member of the DHS Executive Committee (2004-2008) as Regional Co-ordinator and Learning and Teaching Officer. Kirsten was elected Chair of the HEA Subject Centre Art Design & Media (ADMHEA) Art and Design Reference Group (and Deputy Chair (2009-2010)) and led on the creation and management of the Subject Centre’s Teaching Fellowship Scheme. She was member of ADMHEA Management Advisory Board (2010).
Kirsten’s research interests and expertise include scholarship of teaching and learning in art and design; creativity; kitsch and flock. Her PhD focused upon food packaging and branding. She has authored a range of articles and papers and is an experienced conference and event organiser. She has curated numerous exhibitions including co-curatorship of Flockage: the flock phenomenon, the world’s first flock exhibition. She created her home institution’s registered design museum and has secured various funding awards including AHRC and Arts Council funding.
Kirsten’s pedagogic research themes include: threshold concepts; problem-based learning; posters as tools for learning; object-based learning; groupwork; notions of excellence and reward schemes and HE art, design & media pedagogy. Her NTF On Trial project, student-centred, problem-based role play, inspired by the mock trial of legal education and popular films, is used extensively internationally. She has published in relation to her pedagogic practice, her discipline areas and a range of other activities and areas of research.
Kirsten works with colleagues from various disciplines including international designers and manufacturers. Her activities extend to a significant number of collaborative and advisory roles across HE internationally including Peer Reviewer for numerous organisations and External Examinerships. A popular speaker, she has presented papers, offered keynotes and facilitated workshops at a wide range of conferences and events internationally, for example in Canada, USA, Germany, Australia.