ACUADS Awards 2017

Posted on October 17, 2017

Last year, the Executive introduced two new awards, an award for Innovative Research and an award for Innovative Teaching, as well as a $500 payment for each awardee. Through these new awards, ACUADS is now able to recognize and support early career academics, as well recognising the significant contributions made by distinguished academics in the sector. The Innovative Teaching Award is being awarded for the first time in 2017.


  • Innovative Teaching Award, Dr Laura Woodward, VCA, University of Melbourne
  • Innovative Research Award, Dr Robert Wellington, ANU
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, A/Prof Lisa Scharoun and A/Prof Carlos Montana Hoyos, University of Canberra
  • Lifelong Fellowship Award, Mr Graham Forsyth, UNSW


Innovative Teaching Award, Laura Woodward, VCA, College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Laura Woodward receives the Innovative Teaching award in recognition of her outstanding work as an emerging visual art academic. In the Calling Percy: encountering Granger through engineering and sculptural practice project, culminating in a major exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in October 2016, Woodward worked with students to develop work that exceeded their expectations, expanding the students’ understanding of artmaking as well modeling productive methods of working with institutions, other stakeholders and other academic disciplines. The translation of Woodward’s practice-led research into innovative teaching projects is also to be commended.

Innovative Research Award, Robert Wellington, Centre for Art History & Art Theory ANU School of Art & Design

The Innovative Research Award is awarded to Robert Wellington, in recognition of his incredible work as an emerging researcher. Since the conferral of his PhD in 2014, Wellington’s research outputs have included a single-author monograph, six peer-reviewed journal articles, two scholarly book chapters, and three book/exhibition reviews, as well as 18 papers at national and international conferences and events, public lectures, convening/chairing conferences, panels and other events in Australia and overseas. Earlier this year, Wellington engaged the general public with his research, in an article and radio interviews addressing comparisons made between the interior décor of Donald Trump’s private residences and the Palace of Versaille, amidst much public speculation about the changes Trump might make to the interior of the White House.

Distinguished Teaching Award, A/Prof Lisa Scharoun and A/Prof Carlos Montana Hoyos, University of Canberra

The Distinguished Teaching Award is jointly awarded to Lisa Scharoun and Carlos Montana Hoyos. Both are passionate and dedicated teachers individually, and make an unstoppable teaching team. They have shown remarkable initiative and have made a significant contribution to program-based and interdisciplinary teaching and learning and internationalisation in Arts and Design education. These ‘citizens of the world’ have imbued a sense of the global in colleagues and students, particularly through the “Inspired by” study tour program initiated by Scharoun in 2012, which the pair have expanded to include other disciplines and institutions, with impressive outcomes for students, innovative and high-profile projects, and industry involvement.

Lifelong Fellowship Award, Graham Forsyth, UNSW Art & Design

Graham Forsyth has made a major contribution to learning and teaching in the art and design education sector, including in the role that he has held since 2003, Associate Dean (Academic) at UNSW Art & Design, and prior to this at both UNSW and Sydney College of the Arts. Forsyth has been an exemplary academic, and active in the sector, developing innovative curriculum models, student support initiatives, international and interdisciplinary conferences, national forums on studio teaching, and significant research projects. He has also been actively involved in building networks in the sector, and in reviewing and responding to curriculums, student needs, and the myriad changes that have occurred in the art and design sector.