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FHS staff receive half of VC awards


23 April 2014

Dr Mark McEntee, Dr Emma Power, Professor Leanne Togher, Dr Sarah Lewis, Dr Melanie Nguyen, Dr Debra Shirley and A/Professor Corrine Caillaud
Dr Mark McEntee, Dr Emma Power, Professor Leanne Togher, Dr Sarah Lewis, Dr Melanie Nguyen, Dr Debra Shirley and A/Professor Corrine Caillaud

Faculty of Health Sciences staff have been recognised with four awards in the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching. Eight awards were distributed throughout the University as a whole.

The annual awards are given by the University to promote, recognise and reward teaching excellence, and the systems that support teaching excellence. Individuals or teams who receive an award are given $10,000 and, in some cases, the opportunity to be nominated for national awards.

This year, there were four categories which included: Outstanding Teaching - including Early Career Awards, Excellence in Research Supervision and Support of the Student Experience. Health Sciences staff received awards in every category.

"I'm very proud. These awards serve as recognition of the excellent work in learning and teaching at the Faculty of Health Sciences" said Deputy Dean, Professor Michelle Lincoln.

Dr Mark McEntee was awarded in the category of Outstanding Teaching and commended for his wide and thoughtful use of technology and engaging learning strategies such as debates.

Dr Emma Power received her award in the category of Outstanding Teaching (Early Career). Dr Power was commended for her redesigned case-based curriculum, the stakeholder consultation and evidence of improvement in student learning.

Dr Sarah Lewis, Dr Melanie Nguyen, Dr Debra Shirley, A/Professor Corrine Caillaud and their team won for their peer-mentoring program Belong@FHS in the category of Support of the Student Experience. The Belong@FHS initiative is described by the Dean Kathy Refshauge as a fundamentally important program to enhance the student experience which also provides support for individual students and contributes to faculty cohesion.

"The program promotes feelings of belongingness for our students and inclusion in the Faculty. It's growing every year, there are more students and more mentors every year that we run it and Sarah, Melanie, Debra and Corrine have been the driving force behind it" said Professor Lincoln.

Professor Leanne Togher was awarded for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision specifically for her organised, effective and structured approach to supervision. The selection committee also noted her philosophy of creating a collaborative, supportive framework that provides a wide range of opportunities for her students.

Award winners will be presented with certificates at a graduation ceremony in the future.