Dr Jill Ireland
AMusA, BA (Hons), MLitt, MEd, PhD, MCEPA
Jill Ireland and her engineer husband Stephen have five children (born 1986 -1996), who all went to Bega Valley Christian College from when it was in its pioneering phase. Jill has been involved with the National Institute for Christian Education since 1995, as student, Council member and, more recently, senior lecturer. Most of her publications have been on literature for children and adolescents, with a particular interest in how worldviews are conveyed. Jill was one of the editors of Pointing the Way (2004) and Engaging the Culture (2006), and has contributed articles to Nurture and Christian Teachers Journal.
Jill was Caltex Woman Graduate of the Year for Tasmania in 1981, and did research for a Master of Letters on the poetry of John Donne and T.S. Eliot at Oxford University in 1982-3 under Professor John Carey. Since then she has completed a Masters Degree in Education with the National Institute for Christian Education and a PhD on the influence of literary theories on the teaching of year 12 English. A number of the participants in her research have highlighted conflicts between their own Christian worldview and some specific literary theories.
Jill teaches medieval to modern literature at the Bega campus of the University of Wollongong. Her academic work includes lecturing in the BA/BEd program for Eastern College Australia and in the Masters program for the National Institute for Christian Education. Jill is on the Editorial Committee for the Christian Teachers Journal, and does some free-lance editing. She is also a director of an agricultural merchandising business.
Jill and Stephen enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren, in the city and the outback. By having no television Jill finds time to play the oboe, read voraciously, and conduct knitting experiments which sometimes become published fair-isle or lace knitting patterns.