My research interests include the study of qualitative research methodology (including ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to research); and the study of topics in music education. I use ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as tools to do close analyses of interview talk and talk-in-interaction. This work has informed my work as an instructor, especially the teaching of qualitative interviewing. I am interested in reflective practice, and have examined my own and others' teaching, focusing on how to work with doctoral students as they select topics for research, and design dissertation studies.
I come from Queensland, Australia, and moved to Athens, Georgia in 2000. In 2001 I took a tenure-track position at UGA after spending one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Qualitative Research program. Prior to moving to the US, I taught music education in elementary schools (P-8) in Queensland, Australia, and was adjunct instructor in pre-service teacher education programs at the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. I have a Bachelor of Music Education from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Masters of Music Education (Kodály emphasis) from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a PhD in Education from the University of Queensland. In addition to my work, I enjoy textile arts, including fabric dyeing and quilting, spinning and hand weaving.