Gillian Whitlock has a PhD from Queen’s University Canada. She has taught literary studies and Australian Studies at Griffith University, and was the founding Director of Open and Flexible Learning. Professor Whitlock currently holds a chair with the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. Gillian has published widely in the area of Australian studies, postcolonial studies, women’s writing and feminist criticism. She co-edited Images of Australia and Uncertain Beginnings in UQP’s series of Open Learning texts. Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.