DASSH Awards 2022

DASSH Awards for Excellence and Innovation are made in recognition of the outstanding work of staff in Australasian humanities, arts and social sciences fields each year. The Awards celebrate the efforts of those involved and promote their achievements across the region, with the aim of inspiring new initiatives and sharing best practice approaches in our member faculties.

The Awards are offered across these categories:

  • Education and Employability
  • Public Engagement
  • Indigenous
  • International

The majority of activity/ies outlined in a nomination must have been undertaken in the twelve months prior to the submission of the nomination. Nominations detailing longer-term initiatives may be considered at the discretion of the assessment committee if substantial progress is found to have been made in the preceding year.

One Award will be offered in each category each year to the nominee who best addresses the selection criteria of their nominated category.

The four winners will be announced during the DASSH Annual Conference and will receive a certificate, a citation and publicity for their achievements.


Nominations are now invited from staff in all DASSH member-colleges/faculties/divisions. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominations must be submitted via email to office@dassh.edu.au before 5PM Friday 1 July 2022.

Reflections from previous winners

Last year’s winners represented the best of a significant number of nominations. Judges agreed it was a tough task choosing from an elite field of entries.

Winners from last year agreed that winning in their category wasn’t just good for their career, it highlighted the strengths of our disciplines.

Being an inaugural winner of the DASSH Excellence in Leadership Awards was important to me becausse it recognised the work of the PARADISEC team over 20 years and helped promote its activity to people who did not know about our work with endangered language records.

Associate Professor Nick Thieberger | Winner Research and Social Impact 2021


I am a Palawa woman (Tasmanian Aboriginal person) and have spent the last 25 years as an academic and researcher, at the University of Tasmania. . The DASSH Award came at a particularly important time, providing a capstone to this part of my research career. In May 2021 I accepted an appointment as Commissioner with the Victorian Yoorrook Justice Commission, Australia’s first truth and justice inquiry into systemic injustices experienced by Aboriginal Peoples and communities.

Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter | Winner Indigenous 2021


Academic leadership in the HASS disciplines translates readily into leadership in communities as we strive to inform and enlighten democratic public debate. Institutional recognition of this means a lot to academics who put their names out there in the media.

Associate Professor Grant Duncan | Winner Engagement and Public Communication 2021


It is important to recognise leadership in the humanities, arts and social sciences sector because it showcases the amazing work taking place in the field and inspires and encourages our colleagues to transform their creative ideas into innovative practice.

Dr Karen Sutherland | Winner Education, Innovation and Employability 2021


The awards are a new way of drawing attention to the outstanding scholarship led by Australian-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Now, more than ever, this kind of research is crucial to understanding the sociocultural and political dimensions of how people make sense of and cope with the current complex conditions of uncertainty and crisis, and what role they can play in contributing to the flourishing of humans and all other life on our planet.

Professor Deborah Lupton | Winner International 2021

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