Associate Professor Narelle Lemon is the Associate Dean (Education) for the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University. She is an advocate for social media use as an academic for research, and learning and teaching. She blogs, instagrams and tweets as @rellypops about academia
A classically trained musician, Narelle undertook a double degree in music and teaching to fulfill her dream of being a music teacher. Within 6 months of teaching, she longed for further study and enrolled in a Masters, researching the performance anxiety within music students, while teaching fulltime. Following the encouragement of her supervisor she continued onto a DEd.
Deciding to leave her career teaching music after five yeas was a difficult decision for Narelle, but she saw a stimulating and challenging environment in academia, via working in event management for a major sporting institution. Narelle has worked across the University of Melbourne, RMIT, La Trobe University and now Swinburne University in a variety of Lecturing, Program Lead and Arts Education roles.
Narelle has overcome challenges in the academic environment and offers unique perspectives on navigating organisations and competitive environments, and the importance of self-care and resilience.
Narelle relishes her roles outside academia that allow her to continually learn, be creative and foster new collaborations. She’s been an executive member of the national board of Arts Education Australia and works with the Creative Women’s Circle, a national non-for-profit that supports creative women in their business and entrepreneurial endeavours. She is also Director of Explore & Create Co, where she integrates mindfulness and creative thinking strategies to assist clients to succeed personally and professionally.
Narelle believes in fostering supportive environments where stories, lived experiences and challenges can be shared to help navigate the complexities of higher education. She loves thinking outside of the box and empowering others to act on their ideas. As a mentor she understands the importance of listening and building empathy and brings experience in mindfulness and stress management.
Narelle loves nothing more than having a cup of green tea; exploring new ideas and helping others find their ‘light bulb’ moment.