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Christine took up the post of PVC Teaching and Learning in 2015. She began her career working in community education with unemployed young people and went on to teach a wide range of subjects and students in further and adult education. She worked for Huddersfield Technical College as Access to HE co-ordinator, and she taught literature to mature students for Leeds University's extra mural department. In 1992 she moved to the University of Huddersfield, eventually becoming Head of Department. Before returning to Huddersfield as Dean of Education and Professional Development in 2006, she was Head of Education and Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University, where she taught Renaissance and Eighteenth Century Literature. In 2010, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for her contribution to teaching and learning.
She did undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English and European Literature at the University of Warwick, a Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Leicester, and completed her PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, combining literary studies, cultural studies and education. She has written about the impact of literature on students' world views, about children's and young adult fiction, film and television, and about the representation of education in popular culture.
She recently completed a chapter on young adult fiction for 'Popular Culture as Pedagogy; Research in Adult Education' edited by Jubas, Taylor and Brown and is working on a chapter on popular fictions as critical adult education for an edited collection on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning. With Prof. Kevin Orr, she is co-editor of the journal Studies in the Education of Adults.
As PVC she is responsible for the University's Teaching and Learning Strategy, for working with Schools and Services to secure an excellent student experience and works with registry to ensure the quality of the University's provision.
Externally she is a member of the Education and Training Foundation's Expert Panel on Professional Standards and Workforce Development, serves on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission, is a Trustee for CERTA and HEART, a member of Kirklees College Corporation and Chair of Dewsbury Learning Trust.
Christine believes that all learners regardless of background or ability deserve the best educational experience. She also believes that imaginative and creative work should play an important part in education at all levels and that their contribution to intellectual and affective development is profound.
She has particular interests in the transformative potential of literature and fiction, (in all its forms, film, television, novels, digital narratives) and this has been the main focus of her research. Her early work concentrated on the use of popular romantic fiction and on teen fiction. She co-authored a book for Routledge on the representation of education and educators in popular fiction, and recently wrote a chapter on the transformative power of film and fiction for the Handbook of Transformative Learning, edited by Edward Taylor and Patricia Cranton and published by Jossey Bass and a journal article on fiction, empathy and lifelong learning for the International Journal of Lifelong Education. She is currently working with Professor Patricia Gouthro from Mount St Vincent University on an analysis of the use of the arts in professional education. She continues to be interested in young adult fiction and has just completed a paper on The Twilight Saga as a form of public pedagogy for girls, which has been published in Children’s Literature in Education.
Jarvis, C (2016) ‘Battle of the Blockbusters: Joss Whedon as Public Pedagogue’ Slayage: the online international journal of Buffy studies , 14.1 (43), pp. 1-24. ISSN 1546-9212
Jarvis, C (2015) ‘Experimenting with inspiration: In-service education for HE teachers.’. In: Inspire Conference, December 14th 2015., University of Huddersfield, UK
Jarvis, C (2015) ‘Developing HE Professionals: The Importance of Adult Education Theory and Practice’. In: Standing Conference of University Teachers and Researchers in the Education of Adults, 7-9 July 2015, Leeds, UK , pp. 277-284
Jarvis, C (2015) ‘How to be a woman. Models of masochism and sacrifice in young adult fiction’. In: Popular Culture as Pedagogy: Research in the Field of Adult Education. Rotterdam, Boston, Tapei: Sense. pp. 135-150. ISBN 978-94-6300-272-1
Jarvis, C. and Gouthro, P. (2015) ‘The Role of the Arts in Professional Education: Surveying the Field’ Studies in the Education of Adults , 47 (1), pp. 64-80. ISSN 0266-0830
Jarvis, C (2014) ‘Book Review: Celia Hunt. Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing: Exploring the Self in the Learning Process. London: Routledge, 2013. 197 pp. ISBN 9798-’ Biography , 37 (3), pp. 822-825. ISSN 0162-4962
Jarvis, C. and Gouthro, P. (2014) ‘The Arts and Professionals' Ways of Knowing’. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Association canadianne pour létude de léducation des adults (ACÉÉA). Ontario, Canada: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. pp. 141-144.
Jarvis, C (2013) ‘The Twilight of Feminism? Stephenie Meyers Saga and the Contradictions of Contemporary Girlhood’ Children's Literature in Education . ISSN 0045-6713
Jarvis, C. and Gouthro, P. (2013) ‘The role of the arts in professional education; making the invisible, visible.’. In: Research in Work and Learning, 18-21 June 2013, University of Stirling
Jarvis, C. and Williamson, S. (2013) ‘University teacher education and the pop-up art school’. In: Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 54-66. ISBN 9780719088018
Jarvis, C (2012) ‘Fiction, Empathy and Lifelong Learning’ International Journal of Lifelong Education , 31 (6), pp. 743-758. ISSN 0260-1370
Jarvis, C (2012) ‘Learning to lose: weight loss classes and personal transformation’ Studies in the Education of Adults , 44 (2), pp. 136-154. ISSN 0266-0830
Jarvis, C (2012) ‘The re-appearance of the disappearing heroine. The case of Buffy Summers and Bella Swan’. In: Slayage 5 on the Whedonverses, 12th - 15th July 2012, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Jarvis, C (2012) ‘Fiction and Film and Transformative Learning’. In: The Handbook of Transformative Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice. : Jossey-Bass. pp. 486-502. ISBN 9780470590720
Jarvis, C. and Burr, V. (2011) ‘The transformative potential of popular television: the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Journal of Transformative Education , 9 (3), pp. 165-182. ISSN 1541-3446
Jarvis, C (2010) ‘Practicalities not prejudices: HE admissions and 14-19 diplomas’ Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 15 (4), pp. 441-454. ISSN 1359-6748
Jarvis, C. and Burr, V. (2010) ‘TV teacher: how adults learn through tv viewing’. In: SCUTREA 2010 Proceedings. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 9780904242683
Jarvis, C. and Burr, V. (2010) ‘TV teacher: how adults learn through tv viewing’. In: Looking back, looking forward: learning, teaching and research in adult education past, present and future. Proceedings of 40th Annual Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults. University of Sussex: Centre for Continuing Education, in conjunction with SCUTREA. . ISBN 978-0-904242-68-3
Jarvis, C (2010) ‘I'm cookie dough: what viewers learn from watching BtVS’. In: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 4, 3rd-6th June 2010, Florida, USA
Jarvis, C (2009) ‘Unlearning curves: how adult learning about weight loss is constructed through slimmers stories’. In: SCUTREA 2009 Proceedings. : SCUTREA. . ISBN 9780904242669
Jarvis, C (2009) ‘I run to Death: Renaissance Sensibilities in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Slayage: the online international journal of Buffy studies , 7 (3). ISSN 1546-9212
Jarvis, C (2008) ‘A monster ate my teacher: the demon-teacher interface in BtVS’. In: The Supernatural Diegesis in Popular Fiction Annual Conference Association for Research in Popular Fictions 2008, Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd November 2008, Liverpool, UK
Jarvis, C (2008) ‘Becoming a woman through Wicca’. In: Twenty First Century Teenager: Media Representation, Theory and Policy, 10th-12th July,2008, Leeds, UK
Fisher, R., Harris, A. and Jarvis, C. (2008) Education in popular culture: telling tales on teachers and learners . London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415332415
Jarvis, C (2008) ‘Becoming a Woman Through Wicca: Witches and Wiccans in Contemporary Teen Fiction’ Children's Literature in Education , 39 (1), pp. 43-52. ISSN 00456713
Burr, V. and Jarvis, C. (2007) ‘Imagining the Family: Representations of Alternative Lifestyles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Qualitative Social Work , 6 (3), pp. 263-280. ISSN 1473-3250
Jarvis, C (2006) ‘Shifting perspectives on death: using BtVS with 1st year undergraduates considering renaissance attitudes towards mortality’. In: Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 2, 25th - 28th May 2006, Gordon College, Georgia, USA
Jarvis, C. and Adams, D. (2006) ‘Dressed to kill: fashion and leadership in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Slayage: the online international journal of Buffy studies , 21 (6.1). ISSN 1546-9212
Jarvis, C (2006) ‘Using fiction for transformation’ New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education , 2006 (109), pp. 69-77. ISSN 1052-2891
Jarvis, C (2006) ‘Using fiction for transformation. Fostering transformative learning in the classroom. Challenges and innovations’ New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education , 2006 (109), pp. 69-77. ISSN 1052-2891
Jarvis, C. and Burr, V. (2005) ‘'Friends are the family we choose for ourselves': Young people and families in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Young , 13 (3), pp. 269-283. ISSN 1103-3088
Jarvis, C (2005) ‘Real stakeholder education? Lifelong learning in the Buffyverse’ Studies in the Education of Adults , 37 (1), pp. 31-46. ISSN 0266-0830
Jarvis, C. and Adams, D. (2005) ‘Dressed to kill: fashion and leadership in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. In: Bring Your Own Subtext: Social life, human experience and the works of Joss Whedon, 29 June - 1 July 2005, University of Huddersfield
Jarvis, C (2004) ‘Buffy's contribution to anti-oppressive practice’. In: Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 28 - 30 May 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Jarvis, C. and Burr, V. (2004) ‘"Friends Are the Family We Choose for Ourselves": Young People and Families in BtVS’. In: Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 28 - 30 May 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Jarvis, C (2004) ‘"Wow, They're All So Identical": Choosing Conformity or Death as an Adult Learner in the Buffyverse’. In: Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 28 - 30 May 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Jarvis, C (2003) ‘Desirable reading: the relationship between women students' lives and their reading practices’ Adult Education Quarterly , 53 (4), pp. 261-276. ISSN 0741-7136
Zukas, M., Fenwick, T., Harris, A., Jarvis, C., Malcolm, J. and Pratt, D. (2003) ‘The 'Good' Teacher? Constructing Teacher Identities for Lifelong Learning’. In: AERC 2003 Proceedings of the 44th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. California, USA: San Francisco State University. pp. 471-478.
Jarvis, C. and Harris, A. (2002) ‘Popular teachers: constructing the profession’. In: SCUTREA (Standing conference on university teaching and research in the education of adults) 32nd annual conference, 2-4 July 2002, University of Stirling
Jarvis, C (2001) ‘Travellers' tales: from adult education to lifelong learning... and beyond’ Studies in the Education of Adults , 33 (2), pp. 95-99. ISSN 0266-0830
Jarvis, C (2001) ‘School is Hell: gendered fears in teenage horror’ Educational Studies , 27 (3), pp. 257-267. ISSN 0305-5698
Jarvis, C (2000) ‘Hungry heroines: the exploration of a 'Generative Theme' in romantic fiction’. In: Consuming for pleasure: selected essays on Popular Fiction. Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University; Association for Research in Popular Fictions. . ISBN 0952797804
Jarvis, C (2000) ‘Reading and knowing: how the study of literature affects adults' beliefs about knowledge’ International journal of lifelong education , 19 (6), pp. 535-547. ISSN 0260-1370
Member of editorial board of Studies in the Education of Adults
Referee Research Bids
External Examining: doctoral theses
Author and Thesis Title
National Institute of Technology, Tarnakata , India
Sambatur Sridha: Teaching effectiveness and research productivity in Higher Technical Education.
University of British Columbia
Kaela Jubas: Promise and Trouble, Desire and Critique: Shopping as a site of learning about globalization, identity and the potential for change.
University of Nottingham
John Herrick: The short term residential college: a model for the future.
Sheffield Hallam University
Patricia Foster: Professional doctorate students' stories of experiential learning: a discourse analysis
University of Sheffield
Susan Cordell: Narratives of Access to Higher Education: An Examination of Representations of Widening Access to Higher Education in Popular Literature
Invited Keynote Lectures/Presentations
Other External Work (External Examining)
Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)