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Awards for Teaching Excellence

22 Mar 2010

Four outstanding academics from the Faculty of Economics and Business have been named as winners of the 2009 Faculty's Teaching and Tutoring Awards.

Dr Catherine Sutton Brady from the Discipline of Marketing and Mrs Sandra Seno Alday from the Discipline of International Business were recently awarded Wayne Lonergan Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Mr Mark Fisher (Discipline of Business Law) and Mr Sean Foley (Discipline of Finance) received the 2009 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Tutoring.

The award recipients were all selected from a number of worthy nominees by the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching, Director) Michelle Scoufis, and a panel of faculty colleagues.

Michelle said Catherine was chosen for demonstrating strong leadership and commitment at multiple levels of teaching and learning.

"Catherine is known for creating an active, stimulating, challenging and relevant learning environment in her classroom and carefully designing units of study. She also shows leadership in the wider enhancement of learning and teaching through research and publications."

The selection panel noted that Sandra, whose award recognised an early career academic who demonstrated an impressive commitment not only to her students learning in the classroom but also beyond with her engagement in faculty mentoring. She regularly assists students in adjusting to the expectations of successful university study in Australia.

Professor Peter Wolnizer, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business commended the efforts of the award winners saying: "I acknowledge with gratitude Catherine and Sandra's outstanding dedication to supporting and enhancing the student learning experience, their commitment to scholarly teaching, their innovative teaching methods and their considered approach to research-led teaching."

Both Mark and Sean's commitment to teaching was also commended by the panel. Their contribution to the development and support of new tutors and assisting students at risk had resulted in significant improvements.

Professor Wolnizer said: "Our tutors are at the forefront of our students' learning experience. The Faculty Awards for Excellence in Tutoring recognise the critical role each of our tutors play in supporting our students to achieve unit and program learning outcomes.

"These are indeed most worthy efforts that support our faculty in building and sustaining the leading learning community in business, economics and public sector in Australia and its region."

Dr Catherine Sutton-Brady

Mrs Sandra Seno Alday