Professor Kate Darian-Smith is Executive Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania. She previously worked in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne for many years, teaching and conducting research in Australian history and cultural heritage, and holding several senior leadership positions. Professor Darian-Smith is currently a Professorial Fellow (Honorary) in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
Current ARC-funded research projects include:
1. LP120200458: Prof K Darian-Smith, Mr M Gawenda, A/Prof S Young, Dr F Anderson
Title: A History of Press Photography in Australia
Partner Organisations: National Library of Australia, Walkley Foundation
2. LP0776803: Prof K Darian-Smith; Dr P Edmonds; Dr J Evans; A Smith
Title: Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination in British Pacific Rim Settler Societies.
Partner Organisations: National Museum of Australia, Museum Victoria, Tasmanian Arts Gallery and Museum.
3. DP0984223: Dr CA Driscoll; Dr K Bowles; Prof K Darian-Smith; A/Prof CR Gibson; Dr D Nichols; A/Prof G Waitt
Title: Cultural sustainability in Australian country towns: amenity, mobility, and everyday life
4. DP110100505: A/Prof H Lewi, Prof K Darian-Smith, Prof P Goad, Dr D Nichols, Prof Julie McLeod and Prof J Willis.
Title: Designing Australian schools: a spatial history of innovation, pedagogy and social change
Previous grants include:
2006-2010: LP0669282: ‘Childhood, Tradition and Change: a National Study of the Historical and Contemporary Significance and Practices of Australian Children’s Playlore’, Leading Chief Investigator, with Prof W Logan (Deakin), Prof G Seal (Curtin) and partner organizations: National Library of Australia, Museum Victoria
2006-2008: DP0663788: ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Designing Everyday Modernism for Australian Communities 1920-1970’, Chief Investigator with Prof P Goad, Dr H Lewi, A/Prof J Willis, Dr D Nichols
2005-2010: RN04574589: Cultural Research Network, ARC Networks, (Convenor/Lead CI: G Turner, University of Queensland); awarded $1,750,000 over 5 years: Chief Investigator and C0-Convenor Cultural Histories and Geographies Node
2005: LA0503: ‘Promoting Scholarly Writing in the Public Sphere’, ARC Linked Academies Special Project, Australian Academy of the Hum
Education and training
University of Melbourne 1990
University of Melbourne 1988
University of Melbourne 1983
Awards and honors
Citation for Teaching Excellence (RHD Supervision) - National, Australian Learning and Teaching Award,
University Teaching Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, University of Melbourne,
2008 Mander Jones Award for 'Seize the day: Exhibitions, Australia and the World', Australian Society of Archivists,
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,
Neil Currie Publishing Award (with Yasue Arimitsu, Doshisha University), Australia-Japan Foundation,
Faculty of Arts Excellence in Supervision, University of Melbourne,