When: Wednesday 6 September 2023 4 pm AEST

Why do academics need to network? Why can’t we just “do our own thing”? This seminar addresses why networking is key to success as an academic, and why you, as an ECR, should start building your networks now. This session will cover the types of networks academics build, and what the advantages are of having strong and diverse networks. We will discuss the types of outcomes that can arise from your network connections and the risks of remaining isolated.

Our Presenter

Melissa Forbes is Associate Professor in Contemporary Singing within the School of Creative Arts and Centre for Heritage and Culture at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Melissa is a music educator and music psychology researcher with over 20 years of music practice experience in jazz performance, singing voice pedagogy, and community music. She is Co-Editor of Australian Voice, the scholarly journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, Early Career Researcher Development Chair for the Australian Music and Psychology Society, a Churchill Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Before making the leap into music work, Melissa was a corporate lawyer of little renown.

Melissa’s research explores our lived experiences of music-making and singing across a broad range of contexts. Adopting lenses from positive psychology, embodied cognition, and positive leadership, Melissa uses qualitative research methods to position music and singing as positive health and wellbeing practices from which all can benefit.

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