Celine Kearney

May 2017

Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Languages, Te Kura Whakako Reo. Celine's first degree was a liberal arts combination of English Literature, History, Political Philosophy and French at Otago University. Her enduring love of story and language was memorably nurtured in her Honours year through reading Beowulf, the eighth century Old English saga and other Old English poems. She then worked as a journalist, and a journalism teacher, and trained as a home tutor for refugees in Auckland. Celine later trained as  a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Dublin, Ireland.

Celine did a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters in English language teaching to adults at Auckland University. Her Masters in Applied Linguistics explored influences of social and cultural identity on language acquisition. Celine was awarded her PhD, through Victoria University, Melbourne, in 2016. In this  practice-led narrative inquiry she used Narrative as method and text to explore how New Zealanders with Irish and Scottish backgrounds live out their cultural connections to Ireland and Scotland here in Aotearoa. The inquiry produced an artefact, a book, using 25 of 40 interviews and an accompanying exegesis analysing the process. She critiqued objectivity and subjectivity, reflecting on the shift in her experience from journalist and academic writer to personal engagement in the narrative, as a lived and told story, using  Ethnography and Autoethnography.

A published journalist and editor in New Zealand and overseas, Celine has written on a range of issues, including a book on women’s spirituality. She has spoken at international conferences on a number of issues, most recently in The Hague, in the Netherlands, in 2015. Her academic research is published in local and overseas journals (in press). Among her current writing projects, she is exploring communication issues for trained health professionals with English as an Additional Language, and is rewriting her PhD artefact into a book for a wider general readership.

Invited to teach on a Masters programme for English Language teachers in Vietnam in 2013 and 2014, she became a supervisor on Wintec’s Masters in Transdisciplinary Research programme in 2016: a role for which she feels her eclectic professional and academic experience has prepared her well.

Celine has her own small business writing individual life stories, producing a high quality, hard-bound book with CD. She finds practicing yoga and tai chi helpful in life.

Celine Kearney