Photograph of Dr Jo Frances Maddern.Dr Jo Frances Maddern

Learning and Teaching Development Coordinator
B.A. Geography (first class honours) Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES), University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Ph.D. “Spaces of History and Identity at Ellis Island Immigration Museum” (examined by Dr. Catherine Nash and passed with minor typographical corrections).

Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Business Coaching (Distinction). University of Chester.


Office: S5, Cledwyn Building
Phone: 8523


  • Coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in HE (PGCTHE).

  • Coordination of teaching skills programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

  • Contribute to the ESRC Graduate Teaching Skills programme.

  • Teaching enhancement and development initiatives.

Teaching Areas


As director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE), I work personally with around 50 early-career academic staff each year to enhance their teaching and facilitate completion of the PGCTHE during the first 3 years in post. I also contribute to a range of other teaching enhancement, reward and recognition initiatives across the University. I work closely with the University’s E-learning team to ensure synergy of approaches to pedagogical development.

Teaching Interests

I have facilitated and taught workshops on a wide range of educational topics including plagiarism detection, assessment for learning, evaluating your teaching, reflective leadership, feedback, effective discussions, designing learning, teaching observation, action research, reflective practice and threshold concepts for learning. I have a particular interest in the role of action research for facilitating change.

I have also gained broad experience of teaching geographical research methods, the philosophy and history of geography, population and mobility, social and cultural geography as well as social theory, American studies, geopolitical theory and globalisation studies. I am particularly passionate about the interface between geography and educational development and keen to explore the boundaries and synergies of these two vibrant communities of practice.


2004 – 2008 Lecturer in Geography, Dundee University.

I was employed on a permanent basis as a Lecturer in Human Geography within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee.  This appointment commenced on the 1st January 2004. I successfully passed my probation within two years of starting my appointment and taught on a wider range of courses at all four levels of the curriculum.

Additional Interests

Community Contributions

2013                   Chair of Borth Family Centre (ongoing).

2010 – 2012       Mentor (and Mentee) on the WUMS programme (Welsh Universities Womens’ Mentoring Scheme).

2011  2013         External Examiner at Southampton Solent University, for modules within the Postgraduate, Law and Education Department.

2012                   HEA EsCalate Subject Centre Contact.

2005                   Sessions organised at international geography conferences (AAG, IBG)

2004                   Reviewed papers for a variety of journals including Gender, Place and Culture, Population, Space and Place and Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, Journal of Heritage Studies. Also I have reviewed books for Sage Education.

2004 – 2006       Reviewed several ESRC small and large grant proposals.

2005 – 2008      Social and Cultural Geography committee member of the RGS – IBG: regular attendance at annual meetings and an active role in organising SCGRG events and activities.



Maddern, J.F. 2012. The Battle over Annie Moore: Sculpting an Irish-American Genealogical Identity at Ellis Island Immigration Museum. In N. Moore., Y. Whelan. (eds) Heritage, Memory and the Politics of Space: New Perspectives on the Cultural Landscape . Heritage, Culture and Identity Revised th edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 37-54. Cadair


Maddern, J.F., Jacob, M. 2011. Synergy in Action. Engaging hearts and minds Best Practice Guide: Engaging with academics in the use of technology enhanced learning. pp. 42-46. Cadair


Hoskins, G.C., Maddern, J. 2010. Immigration Stations: The regulation and commemoration of mobility at Angel Island, San Francisco and Ellis Island, New York. In P. Merriman., T. Cresswell. (eds) Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Maddern, J.F., Stewart, E. 2010. Biometric Geographies, Mobility and Disability: Biologies of Culpability and the Biologised Spaces of (Post)modernity. In V. Chouinard., E. Hall., R. Wilton. (eds) Towards Enabling Geographies: : ‘Disabled’ Bodies and Minds in Society and Space. Geographies of Health Taylor & Francis pp. 237-252. Cadair


Maddern, J.F. 2008. Spectres of Migration and the Ghosts of Ellis Island. Journal of Cultural Geography 15 (3) pp. 359-381. Cadair

Maddern, J.F., Adey, P. 2008. Spectro-geographies. Journal of Cultural Geography 15 (3) pp. 291-295. Cadair


Maddern, J. 2004. Huddled Masses Yearning to Buy Postcards: The Politics of Producing Heritage at the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island National Monument. Current Issues in Tourism 7 (4-5) pp. 303-314. Cadair

Desforges, L.C., Maddern, J. 2004. Front doors to freedom, portal to the past: History at the Ellis Island immigration museum, New York. Social and Cultural Geography 5 (3) pp. 437-457. Cadair

Maddern, J. 2004. The Isle of Home is Always on Your Mind: Subjectivity and Space at Ellis Island Immigration Museum. In T. Coles., D. J. Timothy. (eds) Tourism, Diasporas and Space: Travels to Promised Lands. Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility Taylor & Francis pp. 153-171. Cadair