Outstanding teachers recognised
28 August 2013
Congratulations to the nine colleagues from five different faculties who have received national recognition for their outstanding teaching.
The federal government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) announces Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning every year to recognise quality teaching practice and contributions towards student learning.
Including a joint citation for two staff, the University received eight citations for 2013, the maximum number the OLT awards to any one institution.
"Great teachers inspire and motivate our students. I congratulate all the award recipients for the enthusiasm and dedication they have shown to their students," said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.
One recipient, Professor Des Richardson from the Department of Pathology at the Sydney Medical School, said that his students were the lifeblood of his research.
"I strongly believe one of the greatest contributions of my career has been through teaching PhD students who then go on and make their own important discoveries and subsequently mentor others," Professor Richardson said.
This year's University of Sydney winners are:
- Professor Des Richardson (Sydney Medical School) who teaches his students the basic structure and rigour of scientific research but practices an open mind policy to ensure students are given academic freedom to discover.
- Professor Jennifer Alison (Faculty of Health Sciences) who tailors her teaching style to each of her students, enabling them to achieve both academic and personal success. She nurtures and supports her students to help them become more confident researchers.
- Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie (Faculty of Health Sciences) for leadership in the design and implementation of innovative assessment tasks in occupational therapy that promote the development of reflexivity in preparation for practice.
- Dr Rebekah Moles (Faculty of Pharmacy) for her creative approach to teaching that requires her students to search for answers and stimulates their curiosity. She has also worked on initiatives to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue careers in pharmacy.
- Associate Professor Fiona White and Dr Caleb Owens (Faculty of Science) for outstanding contribution to developing and evaluating the innovative 'Constructive Feedback and Plagiarism Reduction' program that helps to improve writing skills and successfully reduced plagiarism rates.
- Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter (Faculty of Arts and Social Science) for developing interdisciplinary curricula that extends students intellectually, fosters their creativity and supports student collaborations in cross-cultural programs in humanities and social sciences.
Early-career researchers category
- Dr Susan Banki (Faculty of Arts and Social Science) whose teaching is driven by the motto non pro schola, sed pro vita - not for school, but for life. Her passionate and engaged teaching practices have inspired student learning through innovative teaching approaches, including the development of a unique Human Rights Simulation
- Dr Danny Liu (Faculty of Science) who instills a sense of curiosity and scientific thinking in his students by designing learning environments that foster confidence and independence through guided investigation.
Citation winners receive $10,000. The presentations for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will be held on Tuesday 17 September at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.
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