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Stephanie Fremaux

Stephanie Fremaux
Email:
stephanie.fremaux@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 300 4055

Dr. Stephanie Fremaux is a media theorist with over seven years’ teaching experience in higher education. Stephanie studied English literature and History as an undergraduate at Central Michigan University in the United States where she also above the first 400 words of this biography will appear on the courses that you teach.worked as news director, assistant program director, and specialty programming DJ for the FCC licensed Modern Rock 91.5FM.

This industry experience has been invaluable in the classroom in demonstrating how complex theoretical concepts are relevant to understanding broadcasting approaches, the developments of popular music culture, and the roles music and news have played in media broadcasting history. While atModern Rock, Stephanie co-hosted and produced a two hour weekly program examining 1980s new wave, new Romantics, and post-punk music.

After studying for an undergraduate semester abroad in England, Stephanie returned to undertake a Masters degree and a PhD at Exeter University. Her doctoral thesis examined how popular music group the Beatles used film to introduce fans to their ever evolving image and musicianship. This research has led to studying the wider issues of how musicians use screen based media such as films and television to project a particular image or persona.

Arguably, this becomes another layer of performance and another way in which artists can prepare fans and audiences for shifts in image and musical developments. Currently, Stephanie is a keen mid-career researcher publishing in areas of music heritage and tourism, popular music on screen, celebrity studies, and rock music performance and fandom with particular interest in the works of the Beatles and David Bowie.

Stephanie has experience in teaching a range of media theory including popular music studies, film and television studies with a particular interest in the resurgence of quality popular television, HBO programming, and the influence of contemporary Nordic noirs on British television dramas. In regards to audiencestudies, Stephanie is interested in the ways in which people access and view media content through streaming on demandservices and the new models for developing TV series that have emerged due to such services.

She also has experience of leading journalism and mass communications modules, and dissertation supervision at Masters level. Stephanie also has experience of supervising at PhD level. Stephanie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and enjoys developing new ways to engage students in learning that move beyond the traditional lecture/seminar format. She also uses a range of teaching and assessment methods to create learning experiences that allow students to take ownership over their learning and that demonstrate the strong links between research and practice.

Other responsibilities that Stephanie has experience in is working with international teaching and exchange partners which culminated in participating in an intensive week long teaching experience at Ablai Khan University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.Students were introduced to a student-led model of learning through creating and experimenting to deliver a final web based multimedia project focusing on an aspect of Kazakh culture such as music, literature, and fashion or highlighting an aspect of public service and information.

The challenge was to do this in low tech ways where quick thinking, working to a tight deadline, and strong problem solving skills were paramount. These approaches to teaching have since been used in Stephanie’ s own classrooms. Stephanie is also a member of the School of Media’ s Welfare Liaison Team, working with personal tutors and students to ensure a positive student experience.

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