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Dr Lisa Paris

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Senior Lecturer
Office of the Provost
Faculty of Humanities
Bentley Campus
501.level 4

Brief Summary

Senior Lecturer/Academic Coordinator Secondary Arts Education, School of Education, Curtin University.

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I completed my Bachelor of Education at WAIT (Curtin) in 1983.  From 1984-2003 I worked as a visual arts education specialist K-12 at a number of Perth/Bunbury schools and completed my Master of Education in 2000. 

I joined the School of Education at Edith Cowan University in 2004, was promoted to Course Coordinator for secondary art education in 2005 and achieved senior lecturer status (level C) in 2006.  In that capacity I oversaw degree completion for all ECU secondary art education students in both the Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Education course streams.

I completed my PhD in 2009 which culminated in the development of an innovative 'Artist in Residence Reciprocal Mentoring Program' which won the ECU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Post Graduate Education in 2008.  Over 200 AiRs have completed residencies in Perth schools (primary and secondary across both government and independent sectors) since program inception.

After 11 years as the Academic Coordinator for secondary visual arts education at ECU I'm delighted to have (re) joined the Curtin University community, School of Education as the Academic Coordinator for secondary arts education in 2016.

I am a practising visual artist with a large body of work in private collections and use my creative works practice as a research context for issues related to pre-service teacher training and arts education practice.

My most recent solo exhibitions were A/R/Tographic creative works research outputs as part of a larger qualitative ECU-SoE research project exploring  'the importance of quality discourse in the online environment/social media and the implications pre-service teachers/initial teacher education’.   I jointly developed the ECU School of Education ‘Digital Footprint’ professional development program which all ECU secondary pre-service teachers (all subjects) now complete before commencing their ATP.


Recent Solo Exhibitions:

  • Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith (Solo Exhibition of Paintings) Dec 2014 ...  an exhibition of paintings about the importance of quality discourse in the online environment (Facebook/Social Media).          Excerpts  available for viewing: Artist Website:
  • Emerge Art Space, Inglewood (Book Launch) Dec 2014 ...  Memento Mori Letters:  Conversations with the Internet. Available at:!video---poetry-recital


Work in Progress:

I use my Artist's Facebook page  to document the development of my creative works practice.  Im currently preparing work for an A/R/Tographic inquiry  into the 'Digital Distraction' phenomenon that 'afflicts' us all and the importance of a regular 'digital sabbath/unplugging' particulary for children.  You can follow my work creative works research progress here:




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Memberships, Awards and Training

Awards/Grants - $221,000


2016          Curtin School of Education, RATLS Funding $5,000 (Inclusive Arts Education)

2012          Edith Cowan University/Perth Convention Bureau ‘Aspire Professional Development Award’ and Grant. $5,000         

2011          Australia Research Council (ARC)  Linkage Team Award and Grant.  $179,000

(Team: Professor Christopher Newhouse, Dr Jeremy Pagram, Professor Mark Hackling, Dr Lisa Paris; Faculty of Education and Arts; a project aimed at increasing the authenticity and reliability of assessment in electronic/digital contexts).  In partnership  with the WA Curriculum Council/Standards Authority, this project (now in phase two trials) investigates the digitisation and marking of yr 12 examination visual portfolios to increase the authenticity of assessment.

2011          Early Career Researcher Award and Grant. Reciprocal Mentoring Residencies:  Better transitions to teaching.   $25,000

2008          Edith Cowan University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that enhance Post Graduate Education. $5000

2007          Edith Cowan University,  School of Education Teaching & Learning Grant. $2000


Professional Association Memberships

1985-2016 cont.      Art Education Association of WA  (2003-5 Association President) affiliate of Art Education Australia

2004                       Affiliation of Professional Education Associations (Executive Member)

2000-2005              Middle Schooling Association of WA


Journal Affiliations

2014-2016 cont.      Reviewer, Arts Education, Australian Journal of Teacher Education

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Employment History

2016          Curtin University.  School of Education.  Senior Lecturer/Academic Coordinator for Secondary Arts Education (Graduate Diploma Education; Bachelor of Education)

2004-15       Edith Cowan University.  School of Education. Senior Lecturer/Academic Coordinator for Secondary Art Education (Graduate Diploma Education; Bachelor of Education). Post Graduate Supervision (M.Ed; PhD Visual Arts Education Candidates).  School of Education Research Ethics Approval Committee Member

1997-2003   St Stephen's School.  Acting Head of Arts Learning Area/Head of Visual Arts K-12 (including primary arts specialist 1997-2000)

1994-6        Kolbe Catholic College.  Visual Arts Specialist (years 8-12)

1991-3        Bunbury Catholic College.  Visual Arts Specialist and Subject Coordinator (years 8-12)

1984-8        St Thomas Aquinas College.  Visual Arts Specialist (years 8-11)


Special Education Appointments - School Curriculum Standards Authority of Western Australia (Curriculum Council of WA)

2007          WACE Sample Exams Working Party TEE Visual Arts

2007          Assessment, Reporting and Moderation Panel  Senior School Design courses

2003-5       School Moderation Officer for yr 11/12 TEE Art and yr 11/12 Art & Design

2002          Examiner - Art History Examination yr 12 TEE Art

2001          Examiner - Visual Diary Examination yr 12 TEE Art



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Initial Teacher Education (Secondary Arts Education).



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Research Fields


  • Secondary Education
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Research Interests

My research interests include creative works research (A/R/Tography), Reciprocal Mentoring models/processes and mentoring of beginning teachers.  I hope to make a significant contribution to beginning teacher/early career attrition remediation through my work in this area.


Post Doctoral Publishing

Giles, M (ECU)., Paris, L. (Curtin) and Whales J. (UWA). (2015). The role of art education in adult prisons:  The Western Australian Experience.  International Review of Education (in peer review).  Springer Netherlands 


  • Medium Print and Online 

  • ISSN 1573-0638 

  • eISSN 1573-0638 

  • DOI 10.1007/s11159-016-9604-3


Paris, L., Boston, J. and Morris, J. (2015).  Facebook and the final practicum:  The impact of online peer support in the assistant teacher program.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 40 (9)   Available at:

Paris, L.F. (2013).  Reciprocal mentoring:  Can it help with attrition for beginning teachers?  Australian Journal of Teacher Education.  38 Issue 6 Available at:

Paris, L. F. (2013).  The impact of Reciprocal Mentoring on the first year.   Report of Phase Two within the Reciprocal Mentoring Professional and Community Experience Project (RM-PCE) Early Career Research Grant SUB/19698 G0003117

Paris, L. F. (2010). Reciprocal Mentoring Residencies:  Better transitions to teaching.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 35 (3) 14-26

Paris, L. F. (2008). The Graduate-Mentor Project in Visual Arts Education. Doctoral Thesis. Edith Cowan University



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Specialty Areas

Visual Arts Education/Artography

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Journal Articles (Research)


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Additional Information

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Community Engagement

I coordinate a community painting group with an interest in plein air painting and oversee regular field trips for novice and experienced painters across Perth for adults of all ages and from all walks of life.

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