Business School Academic Wins Pearson Accounting/Finance Educator of the Year Award
09 Jul 2012
University of Sydney Associate Professor Rosina Mladenovic has won the prestigious Pearson Accounting/Finance Educator of the Year Award.
Recognising excellence among academics whose primary activity involves teaching undergraduate or postgraduate accounting or finance courses, the award was presented during the AFAANZ Conference in Melbourne. The event marked the first time the $3000 prize has gone to a University of Sydney Business School representative since the award's 2001 inception.
"While the greatest reward for the many hours of hard work is of course student learning outcomes, the icing on the cake is recognition for the work that you've done," says Dr Mladenovic. "For me, this award is a confirmation to keep doing what I'm doing, and it's so lovely to be acknowledged in this way."
Judged by the Education Directors of CPA Australia, the ICAA and the NZICA, award nominees were assessed on criteria including their enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student learning, their command of subject matter and their ability to present course material imaginatively.
"I began teaching when I was 22 years of age and at 47 I can honestly say I still love it," continues Dr Mladenovic. "Although accountng is a challenging discipline that many commonly refer to as difficult and boring, I've always strived to inspire and foster my students' interest by drawing on current social and business issues. I want them to go out there in the world and know that they can make a difference. If I can support them to be the best they can be, then they can achieve just that."
For Dr Mladenovic, The Pearson Accounting award is the latest addition to an already impressive catalogue of high recognition. Already the recipient of the 2006 Carrick Citation, the 2008 Faculty Teaching Award, the 2009 University Teaching Award and the 2011 National Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr Mladenovic was also ranked as the seventeenth highest contributor to accounting education research worldwide in 2009.