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Dr Charlotte Taylor wins Learning and Teaching Citation



4 July 2011

Dr Charlotte Taylor, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for her sustained commitment to improving the learning experience of large first-year biology cohorts.
Dr Charlotte Taylor, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for her sustained commitment to improving the learning experience of large first-year biology cohorts.

Dr Charlotte Taylor, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been recognised for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by being awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation.

Dr Taylor is one of seven University of Sydney academics to have won an ALTC Citation, which includes a $10,000 grant to reward sustained commitment to the student experience.

"We sincerely congratulate the seven staff members who have been recognised in the ALTC Citations," says Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

"Identifying and nurturing excellence in teaching is at the heart of our strategy, so we are delighted to see this external recognition.

"By cultivating best teaching practice at all levels, we aim to provide a consistently high quality student experience."

Dr Taylor won her ALTC Citation for engaging in sustained innovation, evaluation and sharing of teaching initiatives and learning experiences for very large first year cohorts in the biological sciences.

In her role as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, Dr Taylor has provided authentic learning activities that encourage students in very large first year cohorts to think and practise like a biologist. She has consistently shared resources and experiences with teaching colleagues by running curriculum workshops, developing teaching websites and establishing mentoring relationships with demonstrators and tutors.

Citations can be awarded to academic and general staff and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

Winners are chosen from a selected group of nominees put forward by the University's Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Dr Carol Nicoll, Chief Executive of the ALTC, noted the importance of recognising early career achievers to encourage continued engagement with students into the future.

"I am very confident that the winners of this year's Citations will continue to make a lasting impact on the student experience," she said.

The Citations will be presented at the national Awards and Citations ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 16 August.

Other University of Sydney winners are:

*Dr Roger Bourne, Faculty of Health Sciences

*Helen Drury, Learning Centre

*Associate Professor Leon Poladian, School of Mathematics and Statistics

*Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Faculty of Health Sciences

*Dr Peter Rutledge, School of Chemistry

*Sandra Seno-Alday, University of Sydney Business School


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