Common Ground Research Networks Publishers Prize

The annual Common Ground Research Network Publishers Prize recognizes authors and series editors of exceptional books that were published within the last year by Common Ground. It is awarded on the basis of contribution to emerging and timely debates as well as an emphasis on social impacts: manifest in commitment to social justice, principles of equality, or sustainability agendas. The aim of the award is to encourage and reward the publishing of scholarly works that have a social impact represented either in their innovative methods of thematic originality.

The award is selected annually by a group comprised of: Research Network Chairs, Current Authors, Advisory Board Members, Partners and Scholars in the field.

About the Series

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Common Ground Research Network Publishers Prize winners are Dr. Arianne Rourke & Dr. Vaughan Rees for their book series: Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain.

The genesis for this book series Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain came from the Curators’ observing and experiencing how a fertile field of higher educators were strategically creating visual material to ignite both a knowledge transfer and indeed knowledge exchange, between the educator and the student. One of the advantages of working in higher education is the opportunity to observe the extraordinary variety of pedagogical practices where visual material is an important primary ingredient for promoting an engaging rich educational environment. For the last few years both Curators have identified examples of best practice within their professional network and created a place to publish where an educator can reflect on and share examples of best practice to a wider, critical and appreciative international audience. The curated book series provides an opportunity to showcase the ongoing practice of discipline specific practitioners not only exhibiting, researching and creating outcomes within their main focus but also to contribute to the scholarship of pedagogy about how practice and higher level thought is visually communicated and shaped within a creative learning environment. This inclusive series brings together 18 Editors, 163 practitioners from 21 countries and 98 education institutions from all stages of academia from Early Career Researchers to Emeritus Professors, from beginning teachers to retired educators with many years’ experience who have come together to contribute their inspirational insights for the Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain book series. The Curators would like to congratulate all the editors and authors who have collaborated over the 4-year process and contributed their insightful research and practice to this Common Ground Research Network Publisher award winning book series.

You can read more on each book in the series here.

Publishers Prize Series Editors

Dr Arianne Rourke

Dr Arianne Rourke

Dr Arianne Rourke is an academic in the Faculty of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is a UNSW Scientia Education Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her research is in Cognitive load theory, visual literacy, learning style modalities, prototype theory, expert/novice differences and online teaching and learning, examining ways of improving visual instructional design towards the long-term retention of learning. Dr Rourke has published widely her experimental research into teaching and learning in higher education. From 2015 to 2018 Arianne Co-Curated a series of eight books on: ‘Transformative pedagogies in the visual domain’, published by Common Ground Research Network.

Dr Vaughan Rees

Dr Vaughan Rees

Dr Vaughan Rees is the Associate Dean, International & Engagement in the faculty of Art & Design, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Dr Rees is a practicing artist who has exhibited internationally his visual, drawn research on travel, consumption and climate change and has constructed a practice-led research methodology he named Visual Autobiography. As an author, editor, illustrator and curator of higher education publications he has encouraged globally, best teaching practitioners in art and design to reflect, write and share their insights into higher education visual learning and teaching.