Dr Dorothy Economou

Lecturer

F04 - Fisher Library Stack
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 86270679

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Biographical details

Dr Dorothy Economou was appointed continuing lecturer in Academic Enrichment, the Education Portfolio at the University in Sydney in February 2016. In the previous15 years she held various academic positions at the university - including the University of Sydney Foundation Courses (Foundations of Linguistics, Foundations of Media) and in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science as higher degree research writing advisor and as lecturer/coordinator of a Masters Unit in Academic Communication for Postgraduates.

As part of Academic Enrichment, Dorothy contributes to the research, resource development and teaching-learning activities of the Learning Centre. The latter include generic workshops, one-to-one consultations with students, and adjunct or embedded communication development work in collaboration with faculty staff in a range of faculties. In the research and development area, one focus of her work in recent years has been higher degree research learning and Dorothy is presently leading a project on the development of an online writing tool for research students in health-related faculties.

Research interests

Dorothy’s research area is linguistics and socio-semiotics, and since her Master’s work she has further developed and applied Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), not only to her main field of professional work in education, specifically academic literacy and communication, but also to understandings of casual conversation and to critical discourse analysis of print media texts. In her PhD work, she extends SFL descriptions of visual attitudinal meaning (developing a system of visual Appraisal), and applies this to show how verbal-visual media texts in both English and Greek position readers on their content. In her current project developing an online research writing tool for HDR students where she is building on her earlier work in the Open Learning Environment for the Learning Centre, Dorothy is also incorporating into the design of the writing tool insights from her doctorate on verbal-visual meaning.

Current projects

1. Developing an online resource for HDR writing development to be used by supervisors and students- The Research Wrting Tool - based on research intosupervision of HDR writing in medicine.

2. Expanding on 2016 project embedding academic integrity and writing development into a core Unit of Study in first year Architecture.

Associations

  • AALL Australian Association of Literacy and Learning
  • ASFLA Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association
  • ISFLA International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association

Selected grants

2017

  • The Research Writing Tool: writing development for higher degree research students in science-related faculties (- Open Learning Environment - HDR); Economou D, Salis (nee Sainsbury) A, Hey-Cunningham A, Szenes E; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Economou, D. (1985). Coffee Break: understanding authentic Australian casual conversation. Sydney: The NSW Adult Migrant Education Service for the Adult Migrant Education Program.

Book Chapters

  • Economou, D. (2014). Telling a Different Story: Verbal-visual stance in civic journalism. In S. Zhaou & E. Djonov (Eds.), Critical Multimodal Studies of Popular Culture, (pp. 181-201). UK: Routledge U.K.
  • Economou, D. (2012). Standing out on Critical Issues:Evaluation in Large Verbal-visual Displays in Australian Broadsheets. In W. Bowcher (Eds.), Multimodal Texts from Around the World, (pp. 246-269). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Economou, D. (2010). Having it Both Ways: Images and text face off in the broadsheet feature story. In V.Rupar (Eds.), Journalism and Meaning-Making: Reading the Newspaper. UK: Hampton Press: UK.
  • Economou, D. (2008). Pulling Readers In: News photos in Greek and Australian broadsheets. In Thompson, Elizabeth A. and White, P.R.R. (Eds.), Communicating Conflict: Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media. London and New York: Continuum.
  • Economou, D. (2006). The big picture: The role of the lead image in print feature stories. In Lassen, Inger; Strunck, Jeanne; Vestergaard, Torben (Eds.), Mediating Ideology in Text and Image, (pp. 211-233). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Jones, J., Gollin, S., Drury, H., Economou, D. (1989). Systemic-Functional Linguistics and its application to TESOL curriculum. In J. R. Martin and R. Hasan (Eds.), Language Development: learning language, learning culture, (pp. 257-328). New Jersey USA: Ablex Publishing Corporation.

Journals

  • Economou, D., James, B. (2017). A research writing tool: Designing an online resource for supervisors and students. Innovations in Education and Teaching International.
  • Humphrey, S., Economou, D. (2015). Peeling the onion - A textual model of critical analysis. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 17, 37-50. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Economou, D., James, B. (2016). The Research Writing Tool: Supporting conversations about writing development between students and supervisors. Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, TBA: The QPR Organising Committee.

2017

  • Economou, D., James, B. (2017). A research writing tool: Designing an online resource for supervisors and students. Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

2016

  • Economou, D., James, B. (2016). The Research Writing Tool: Supporting conversations about writing development between students and supervisors. Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, TBA: The QPR Organising Committee.

2015

  • Humphrey, S., Economou, D. (2015). Peeling the onion - A textual model of critical analysis. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 17, 37-50. [More Information]

2014

  • Economou, D. (2014). Telling a Different Story: Verbal-visual stance in civic journalism. In S. Zhaou & E. Djonov (Eds.), Critical Multimodal Studies of Popular Culture, (pp. 181-201). UK: Routledge U.K.

2012

  • Economou, D. (2012). Standing out on Critical Issues:Evaluation in Large Verbal-visual Displays in Australian Broadsheets. In W. Bowcher (Eds.), Multimodal Texts from Around the World, (pp. 246-269). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

  • Economou, D. (2010). Having it Both Ways: Images and text face off in the broadsheet feature story. In V.Rupar (Eds.), Journalism and Meaning-Making: Reading the Newspaper. UK: Hampton Press: UK.

2008

  • Economou, D. (2008). Pulling Readers In: News photos in Greek and Australian broadsheets. In Thompson, Elizabeth A. and White, P.R.R. (Eds.), Communicating Conflict: Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media. London and New York: Continuum.

2006

  • Economou, D. (2006). The big picture: The role of the lead image in print feature stories. In Lassen, Inger; Strunck, Jeanne; Vestergaard, Torben (Eds.), Mediating Ideology in Text and Image, (pp. 211-233). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

1989

  • Jones, J., Gollin, S., Drury, H., Economou, D. (1989). Systemic-Functional Linguistics and its application to TESOL curriculum. In J. R. Martin and R. Hasan (Eds.), Language Development: learning language, learning culture, (pp. 257-328). New Jersey USA: Ablex Publishing Corporation.

1985

  • Economou, D. (1985). Coffee Break: understanding authentic Australian casual conversation. Sydney: The NSW Adult Migrant Education Service for the Adult Migrant Education Program.

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