A/Prof Wendy Beck

Associate Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Wendy Beck

Phone: +61 +61 2 6773 3165

Email: wbeck@une.edu.au


University of Melbourne, BSc, 1979, La Trobe University, PhD, 1986

Teaching Areas

ARPA104/304 Archaeology: Studying the Human Past
ARPA352/552 Public Archaeology
ARPA343/543 Archaeological Field Methods
ARPA302 Aboriginal Archaeology
ARPA401H & 402H Archaeology Honours

Research Interests

  • indigenous archaeology, including both pre-contact and post-contact histories,
  • people's attachment to space and place,
  • the teaching of Archaeology,
  • palaeoethnobotany,
  • World Heritage.

My current position involves university teaching, service and research in archaeology and cultural heritage. Until July, 2007 I was Deputy Head of the School of Human and Environmental Studies, and Convenor, Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology. My teaching methods range from ARPA 3/443Field Methods, which is a very practically oriented teaching, to ARPA 104 Studying the human past, which has a more traditional teaching style with lectures and tutorials, to ARPA 3/452 Public Archaeology which is taught entirely on-line through reading and bulletin board discussions.
I have a particular interest in Problem Based Learning.

I am currently a member of University committees at School level (Teaching and Learning Committee and Member of the Heritage Futures Research Centre) and University level (eg. UNE Panel on Ethical Research involving Aborigines & Torres Strait Islanders).

I have successfully held a number of competitive external research grants including four Australian Research Council grants since 1993. and I have recently held a Carrick Grant for 'Benchmarking Archaeology Honours degrees' in 2007-2008. I have also held several Small ARC grants and a Partnership Industry Research Grant with NSW State Forests.


Selected Publications

2008 Beck, W. Dunne, K, Fisher, J, O'Sullivan, J, Sheridan, A.  Turning Up The Heat:  Collaboration As A Response To A Chilly Research Environment TEXT 12 (2) (electronic) http://www.textjournal.com.au

2008 Beck, W. and Clarke, C. Archaeology Teaching and Learning in Australia 2003-2008 Perspectives from the Academy. Research in Archaeological Education Journal 1(electronic)

2006 Beck, W. 'Chapter 8: Aboriginal archaeology'. In Atkinson, A. Ryan, J., Davidson I, and Piper, A (eds) High Lean Country. Land, people and memory in New England. Allen and Unwin pp. 88-97.

2006 Beck, W. Chapter 10: The analysis of plant macroremains. In Balme, J.and Paterson, A., Archaeology in Practice: A student's guide to archaeological analysis. Blackwell, Oxford pp.296-315.

2006  Beck, W. & Torrence, R. Chapter 4 Starch Pathways in Torrence, R. and Barton, H (eds) Ancient Starch, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California, USA. pp. 53-75

2006 Beck, W. Narratives of World Heritage in Travel Guidebooks. International Journal of Heritage Studies 12 (6): 521-535.

2006 Beck, W., Dunne, K., Fisher, J., O'Sullivan, J. & Sheridan, A. A Capella and Diva:  A Collaborative Process for Individual Academic Writing. M/C Journal, 9, (2) [electronic] Retrieved 05 Jan. 2007 from .