Paula Schiller Gowans,
Greens Candidate for Kiama Council

Things I've done in the order in which I did them


BFA (Hons), 2009, National Art School, Sydney. Painting and photography.

National Practitioner's Certificate in Mediation and Conciliation, 2002, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia (IAMA).

PhD Candidate, University of Chicago, deferred. Dissertation research in documentary ethics and aesthetics, narrative strategies in autobiography.

MA, University of Chicago, 1989. Ethics, rhetoric, stylistics, writing in the professions.

BFA, New York University, 1970. Film, television, and radio.


2009 to present. Professional Artist and Art Teacher. 

I regularly exhibit paintings and drawings in local, regional and national galleries and in competitions. I teach formal classes at Number 10 Arts Precinct, Jamberoo and the Coach House, Kiama as well as give private lessons.

1999 to 2009. Part-time Writing and Editing.

Clients include the SELF Centre, University of Western Sydney and the School of Humanities and Languages, University of Western Sydney.

2000-2008 Honorary Scholarship Assessment Officer. Australian Vietnam War Veterans Trust.

I assessed over 250 means and merit based scholarship applications a year, from all states and territories. The work is highly confidential and requires knowledge of income reporting, Commonwealth benefits, and education systems nationwide.

1996-1998. Associate Lecturer/Tutor, Professional Writing and Editing. University of Western Sydney, Nepean.

Coordinated/Tutored: Principles of Editing, Reasoned Writing, Written and Oral Presentation, Writing on the Edge. Co-developed and ran Web-based professional writing and editing subjects.

1991-1995. Freelance Publications Manager/Writer/Editor. University Publications, University of Chicago.

Wrote, edited, and produced award-winning marketing pieces.

1991-1995. Editorial & Research Assistant. Johnsonian News Letter.

Directed redesign of newsletter, managed subscriptions, researched articles and bibliography.

1993-1994. Super Lector/Lector. University of Chicago Writing Program; Art Institute of Chicago; St. Xavier College, Chicago.

Taught postgraduate and undergraduate sections of Academic and Professional Writing.

1985-1990. Senior Publications Manager/Writer/Editor. University Publications, University of Chicago.

Wrote, edited, and designed wide range of university marketing and in-house publications ranging from brochures and posters to course catalogues and annual reports. Expertise in design, typography, photo editing, printing processes, and desktop publishing.

1982-1984. Writer/Publisher/Communications Consultant.

Established the Community Reporting Service, which reported and distributed feature stories and provided regional coverage for newspapers in Southwestern Wisconsin. Also established Talk of the Town Writers and Publicists, which promoted tourism and published the Uplands, a guide to Southwestern Wisconsin.

1979-1982. Producer/Director. KUAC-FM, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Responsible for all local non-music programming and for providing news and documentaries to National Public Radio and member stations. Led KUAC’s transition from student to professional status. Coordinated staff, volunteer, and student training. Special responsibility for addressing Native Alaskan arts and affairs on-air and through community outreach.

1976-1979. Writer/Producer. National Public Radio, Washington, DC.

For flagship daily news magazine, “All Things Considered”, wrote, edited, and produced news, features, and half-hour segments. Specialised in field production and creative use of location sound. Pioneered first NPR training seminar for member stations and freelance producers.

1974-1976. Producer/Sound Technician. “Earplay” (NPR drama series), University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Innovated use of film-sound recording and editing techniques in live radio drama performance and post-production.

1974-1976. Reporter/Photographer. Weekly Home News, Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Responsible for 90% of editorial content of community newspaper.

1970-1974. Freelance Film Editor/Sound Editor, New York, NY.

On editing staff of several features films, televisions sports and documentary films, and corporate films.

Honours, Awards, Fellowships, Grants

  • Centenary Medal for Community Service, Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Centenary of Federation Community Grant for Heritage and Conservation Study of Hayes Precinct, North Sydney Council.
  • Initiatives in Teaching and Learning Grants for integrating writing instruction into course content, and for developing an on-line professional writing course, University of Western Sydney, Nepean.
  • State of Illinois Community Arts “Start-Up” Program. Co-recipient of a grant to establish the Near Northwest Arts Council and partial funding for first year’s programming. As executive committee member, obtained subsequent programming grants from the City of Chicago and corporate sponsors.
  • National Endowment for the Arts major broadcast grant of over $60,000 for translating, producing, and distributing a series of traditional Inupiaq Eskimo stories for public radio.
  • Alaska Association for the Arts. As executive committee member, directed policy and finances, including writing successful applications for grants and corporate sponsorship for organising travelling exhibitions of Alaskan Native art and crafts, and for re-granting funds to community groups and individual artists.
  • American Society of Business Press Editors. First place award for non-technical feature for “The Prison that Defies Reform”, Student Lawyer, May 1987.
  • University of Chicago, Division of the Humanities. Full-tuition fellowship with stipend, and several minor scholarships and travel grants.

Community Service

  • Founding director Community Cultural Development, NSW.
  • Chair, North Sydney Safety Committee, Council appointed representative on Hourbourside Command Police Accountability Community Team and Urban Design Panel.
  • Co-convenor of North Sydney Combined Precincts Council.
  • Secretary/Chair, Hayes Precinct.
  • North Sydney Centennial of Federation committee member.
  • Co-researcher Hayes Precinct Heritage Study.
  • Co-founded Language and Thought Workshop, University of Chicago.
  • Alaska Association for the Arts executive committee member.
  • Founding and executive committee member of the Chicago Near Northwest Arts Council.
  • Founding and executive committee member of the Wisconsin Private Industry Council.


  • Kiama Council Cultural Board
  • Exhibiting Member Royal Art Society, NSW
  • Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts (IAVA)
  • Kiama Art Society Committee member
  • National Association for the Visual  Arts (NAVA)
  • Drummoyne Art Society
  • Shoalhaven Art Society


Reading ability in French, Latin, and Ancient Greek; some Spanish and Italian.


I have Australian and United States citizenship.