Vicki is Director of Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Arts and teaches in the Master of Tourism program. She has a research reputation in the combined fields of Australian Studies and Tourism, with particular emphasis on Cultural Tourism and tourism cultures, the independent traveller in tourism, and tourism and emerging economies. Across these interdisciplinary interests, Vicki’s research themes have consistently addressed issues of independent travel experience and impact and the spatial relationship and dynamic that underpins tourism in developing destinations.
Vicki’s approach to teaching and program management has reflected an obligation to deliver a high level professional coursework degree directed at positive learning and career outcomes for all students. She firmly believes in the importance of students’ practical integration with industry during their course and the educational value of fieldwork for all students aiming for a successful career in their chosen field. Vicki was a joint recipient of the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Teaching Awards in 2010.