Karen Sutherland completed a Bachelor of Communication/Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Monash University, a Master of Marketing (with Merit) from the University of Newcastle, a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research) also at Monash University and is now a confirmed PhD candidate, her thesis focusing on social media approaches by Australian not-for-profit organisations. Her other research includes social media, social media ethics and Work Integrated Learning in relation to internships.
In addition to her educational qualifications, Karen has worked in the fields of public relations, marketing and communication since 1999. During that time she has performed roles at high-profile organisations such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABCTV), Grundy Television, Fremantle Media, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Monash University.
Her roles have ranged from coordinating international publicity and web presence for the television programme, Neighbours to devising public relations campaigns to boost blood donations for the Australian Red Cross.
Karen is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), and is a member of the Response Ability for Public Relations Expert Working Group for the Mindframe National Media Initiative facilitated by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.
Funding and fellowships
- 2014 – Better Teaching Better Learning Small Grant Scheme – Teaching Social Media Essentials across Disciplines – Workshop Participants’ Value Perceptions of Social Media Pedagogy.
- 2013 -2015 Australian Postgraduate Award.
- 2012 Monash University Gippsland Campus National and International Conference Travel Grant Scheme (NICTGS).
- 2011 School of Applied Media and Social Sciences Research Grant.
- 2009 Travelling Fellowship, Monash University Staff Mobility Scheme.