Associate Professor Louise McWhinnie
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building
Head of Department, Creative Intelligence and Innovation
Louise’s primary research examines the role of vernacular typography, with a particular focus upon the commercial corridors of urban and sub-urban America. Her photographic documentation plays an important role in the development of a new typographic timeline of America’s design, social, cultural, commercial and economic development.
Her research also focuses upon areas of international design and its education, how creative, cultural and linguistic diversity shape design educational practice and the development of internships and internship-like experiences within the creative arts.
As Associate Dean, Louise’s position encompasses the provision of creative leadership in the development and implementation of innovative University teaching and learning, as well as educational quality assurance within the Faculty.
Her research and its integration into teaching have resulted in an Australian Teaching & Learning Council citation and a UTS award, as well as being ‘highly commended’ in the UTS Vice Chancellor’s Research Awards for integration of research into teaching.
Louise has recently delivered conference papers in Australia, London, Cyprus, Istanbul, Greece and the USA (Washington DC, Boston, Cincinatti, New Orleans and San Antonio). She also writes articles for The Conversation, which has led to radio and TV interviews in Australia and overseas.
Member of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association
Member of the Association Typographique Internationale (the premier worldwide organisation dedicated to type and typography).
Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence
2013: Highly Commended in the UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration category
National Teaching Award
2008: Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation
for an outstanding and sustained contribution to student learning. Presented annually to selected academics within Australia’s university sector
Citation: For educational excellence, through a sustained commitment to cultural and cross-cultural learning in undergraduate typographic teaching
Institutional Teaching Award
2007: UTS Learning & Teaching Award for Internationalisation of Teaching & Learning
for an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning or an exemplary innovation related to aspects of internationalisation of teaching and learning, for example internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching and/or supporting international students, teaching approaches that support diversity and cross-cultural learning
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