PhD on the Literary Reception of Herman Melville, University of Kent, 2008
MA in American Literary Nationalism, University of Kent, 2004
BA Italian Language and Literature, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1983
Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education Teaching (Language studies and E.A.P.), University of Massachusetts, 1985
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, 2017
Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching, 2016 University of Nottingham
I contribute to a work based learning curriculum in a transdisciplinary context. I have piloted modules incorporating English literature into professional practice. I design module teaching and learning materials to deliver these modules through workshops and e-technologies and manage an effective team on specialist postgraduate project modules. I have identified the need for a new writing module which has provided the basis for a series of workshops for students undertaking professional doctorates. I take the lead on the development of entrepreneurship, innovation and good practice for students at postgraduate level as well as act as an external advisor for organizations.
My general academic interest lies in the contradictions and emergent nature of professionalism enacted in diverse settings; the complexities of leadership and decision making; the negotiations of working across professional boundaries; and the fundamental changes in professional responsibilities.
My research interests include the challenges of working with external organizations and meeting the needs of students and clients; managing client relationships and responsibilities; how reflecting on practice improves performance; how to bridge knowledge and action in the workplace; and how ethics can be integrated into a business curriculum. I investigate and explore ideas that shape and challenge learning and teaching and promote multi-professional dialogue.
I have published two monographs on integrating literary studies into coaching and leadership. I am currently working on a third book, Uncanny Valley, which explores how nineteenth-century American texts can be used to negotiate the challenges of contemporary workplace leadership.
I am also the editor of Transforming Sales Leadership, which comprises a collection of sales leaders' stories and promotes visionary ways of thinking about sales.
Eastman, Christine (2023) Professional education with fiction media: imagination for engagement and empathy in learning - edited by Christine Jarvis and Patricia Gouthro, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2019, 251 pp., £99.99 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-3-030-17692 [Book review]. Studies in the Education of Adults , 5 (1). pp. 1-2. ISSN 1478-9833
Eastman, Christine and Critten, Peter and Day, Carl (2020) Coaching in the sales profession: what part can coaching with literature play in dealing with a contemporary "Bartleby"? International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring , 18 (2). pp. 68-82. ISSN 1741-8305
Eastman, Christine (2019) The developmental needs of coaches and coachees. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education , 8 (3). pp. 217-227. ISSN 2046-6854
Eastman, Christine (2018) Coaching for professional development using literature to support success. 1st Edition. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138057258
Eastman, Christine (2018) Researching organizational coaching using a pilot study. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 1. SAGE Research Methods Cases . SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781526457776
I have been awarded two Erasmus grants to work at Tel Aviv University, Israel to share practice in coaching with the American Studies Department (November 2017; October – November 2018). I shared my research, writing and passion for literature and coaching with students and academics at TAU.
I am a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (Emerald) and the International Journal of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations. I also support SEF (Sales Education Foundation), a US-based journal for the sales profession.
I regularly review books and articles for SAGE, Studies in the Education of Adults, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education and Studies in Continuing Education.
I act as peer-reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, the Journal of Workplace Learning and the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.
Winner of the 2015 UALL most innovative project award.
First prize winner for “Most Inspirational Teacher", Middlesex Student Union Awards 2016.
Regular invited speaker for Global Sales Transformation events, sponsored by Consalia.