DR Marnee Watkins

DR Marnee Watkins


  • Artistic and creative pedagogies; Arts education; Curriculum theory and development; The Arts across disciplines in the primary generalist classroom



  • Dr Marnee Watkins is a Lecturer in Visual Arts Education at The University of Melbourne. She is currently working fulltime in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) as an early career researcher and teaching academic, actively contributing to teaching, subject coordination and development across a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and university-wide breadth subjects. She is supervising a number of doctoral candidates.

    Dr Watkins' current and recent research and publications are focused on investigating teachers’ practices and pedagogies around the arts, interdisciplinary learning, artful collaborations, teacher professional learning and facilitating participatory arts-based communities of practice.   


Member of

  • Art Education Victoria (AEV). Councillor 2008 - 2012
  • ArtEducation Australia (AEA). Councillor 2009 - 2011


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2012-2014 CASS Funded Research Project
    'Teachers' Application of Arts Rich Practice'
    Project leader: Dr Susan Wright
    Chief investigators: Dr Neryl Jeanneret, Dr Marnee Watkins, Dr Christine Sinclair, Dr Richard Sallis, Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger and Gina Grant

    2012 MGSE Staff Competitive Grant
    'Nurturing artistry: integrated arts professional development for primary graduate teachers'
    Dr Marnee Watkins, Dr David Kelman and Gina Grant

    2011 MGSE Staff Competitive Grant
    'Investigating graduate primary generalist teachers’ experiences teaching art and literature'
    Dr Marnee Watkins, Dr Pam Macintyre and Gina Grant

    2010 MGSE Staff Competitive Grant
    'Investigating graduate primary teachers’ first year of generalist art teaching'
    Dr Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant   


Education and training

  • DEd, University of Melbourne 2009
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BEd, Northern Territory University 1992
  • DipT, Burwood State College 1980

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Education Teaching Excellence Award, The Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y