Students nominate lecturer Dr Katherine Harrison as most inspiring and innovative lecturer

Posted on 13th February 2014

Sociology lecturer Dr. Katherine Harrison’s unique lecturing style came under high praise as she was nominated for both ‘Most Inspiring’ and ‘Most Innovative’ lecturer this summer.

Katherine’s lecturing style is highly engaging. She brings difficult and confusing grand theories to life.
Former Student

Chester Students’ Union (CSU) hosted its first ‘Above and Beyond’ (AAB) Awards to reward both teaching excellence and those who make a difference by supporting students in a pastoral capacity. Katherine’s nomination for this coveted award permitted us to celebrate the design of her undergraduate modules that enhance students’ motivation and enthusiasm for Sociology whilst also supporting students’ learning and development.

Dr Katherine HarrisonKatherine joined the department in 2008 and describes her teaching as being strongly informed by her research interests. "My PhD thesis was an investigation of the relationship between iconic mediated images and the cultural politics of terror and democracy," says Dr. Harrison "and I teach undergraduate modules on the themes of representation, new media, visual culture, visual research methods, and power and ideology." Katherine’s modules, Media, Representation and Society, The Shaping of Society and Con_txts of Communication are very popular with students and have inspired many students to develop their dissertations on the themes of new media, representations and power.

One former student of the Sociology programme says: "Katherine’s lecturing style is highly engaging. She brings the sometimes difficult and confusing grand theories to life by applying them to interesting contemporary examples. She is also very friendly and happy to help with any academic or non-academic issues that may arise during the course of the degree. I was lucky enough to have Katherine as my dissertation supervisor and she was constantly striving to push me further and achieve a better grade."

Katherine is series editor of the 'Issues in the Social Sciences' book series published by the University of Chester Press and is currently engaged in writing several articles based on her current research interests. These include: representation of social class in British cinema and other media; knitting as a cultural site of feminist and postfeminst ideological struggle; and the kitsch image of the nuclear mushroom cloud in visual culture.