Dr Zoe Alderton-flett, Writing Hub
"I love teaching writing and communication because it’s a wonderful opportunity to help other people find their own voice and confidence. Everyone in my classroom has something meaningful to say, and it’s a delight to watch them gain the skills to communicate their ideas and passions."
Dr Hayley Fisher, Economics
"When I reflect on my teaching career so far, the most satisfying aspect is seeing how changes I have made in response to student feedback have enabled students to acquire better skills and achieve more both in the classroom and beyond. It has been exciting and rewarding to design new courses to show students that an economic approach can be usefully applied to decisions beyond those traditionally included in the economic realm, including volunteering and divorce"
Ms Samantha Haley, Japanese Studies
"Recent pedagogical developments leading to a re-design of my units have enabled me to spend better quality class time with my students, which I treasure. You just can’t beat that moment when students successfully communicate their way through an authentic language task. Right at that moment, I can feel their sense of achievement and it makes it all so worthwhile. I feel very fortunate to be a part of their journey"
Dr Anthony Dracopoulos, Modern Greek Studies
"What I love about teaching is the interaction with students and the opportunity to contribute to their intellectual development by sharing my passion for language and literary studies. Seeing students grow in knowledge, skills and confidence over the course of their studies is one of the most rewarding experiences for an academic"
A/Professor Michael McDonnell, History
"It is real privilege to have the freedom to think and teach widely about the past and present, and to learn from and be inspired by so many smart and creative students who push and challenge me to do better every year."
Dr Rebecca Sheehan, US Studies Centre
"At its best, education can be individually validating and contribute to a more tolerant and just society. My part in that is to teach about the making and challenges of identity categories in a way that is both serious and fun, intellectual and emotional. I love the mutual process of learning with students, and I love being able to make a difference in their lives—just as they have in mine".
A/Professor Peter Marks, English
"My role is to provide the environment for independent, creative, and critical thinking, so that students do their own intellectual exploring. Teaching, at best, is fun and instructive for me, as well, one of the most enjoyable ways for me to learn new things".
A/Professor Andrew Wait, Economics
"Teaching is a privilege. I often find it hard to believe that I get to be in the classroom with some of the smartest students in Sydney and from around the world. It is difficult to think of anything that we do at the University that is more important. When I teach I try to do the following: make it fun; make it relevant; and make it challenging".
Dr Diarmuid Maguire, Government and International Relations
"In October 1973, Mr. Agnew, my secondary school teacher in Ancient History, introduced us to the Battle of Cannae fought in 216 B.C. Then the Yom Kippur War broke out. Mr. Agnew drew us into making parallels between the two battles. At university, I ended up studying Italy and the Middle-East! As a teacher, I often think of Mr. Agnew, as we seek to inspire students using traditional forms of teaching and new technology."