Dr Georgina Barton is a Professor of literacy and pedagogy at the University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She has had extensive experience working in schools. Beginning as a secondary English and Music teacher, Georgina taught in several high schools, supporting students and teachers in various leadership roles. She then moved into the Primary school context and was an acting Principal in a small multi-age school in the city.
Georgina has also had experience as Head of Performing Arts, Subject Area coordinator for English, and Lead Literacy Intervention teacher. Georgina first started working in the tertiary sector in 1994 as a tutor in music studies at the University of Queensland. She then tutored at the Queensland University of Technology in Education while undertaking her PhD. Since being full-time in academia, Georgina has been Program Director for a Bachelor of Education program and Associate Head of Research, she also has experience as acting Deputy Head and Head of School.
Georgina's main research interests are: literacy, multimodality, the arts and wellbeing. Georgina has conducted research with teachers and students in many schools across Australia and abroad. She has also worked across whole systems in developing literacy and reading and writing plans. She is available for professional development and learning with teachers and can work alongside teachers in the classroom implementing arts-based activities with students to improve literacy learning and wellbeing. Georgina has recently been approinted as an Ambassador for Children's Rights Queensland. She is excited to contribute to this role by advocating for children's rights. She is also a musician and artist and has played violin in many orchestras. Her favourite visual art medium is collage. She recently completed her MBA in arts innovation and greatly sees the value of the arts in children's lives.