Melbourne Academics recognised for Excellence in Teaching

November 13 / 124

Ian Anderson,  Emma Kowal, Wayne Atkinson with his Rio Tinto award and Julie Evans.
Ian Anderson, Emma Kowal, Wayne Atkinson with his Rio Tinto award and Julie Evans.

University of Melbourne academics have been recognised for their valuable contributions to higher education with the presentation of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The awards were presented by Chancellor Ms Elizabeth Alexander with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at a ceremony last week.

The awards recognise excellence in teaching and support of learning, and highlight significant contributions to the quality of student learning in a specific field.

In welcoming guests to the ceremony, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Engagement) Professor Richard James said with the greater emphasis on research in higher education today, when a member of staff is an outstanding teacher, designs a program with significant impact on learning, or provides exceptional mentoring or student support services, there is perhaps more to celebrate than ever before.

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics Professor Paul Kofman addressed award winners and guests at the ceremony about the vagaries of his experiences of creating an online subject.

Dr Kelly Farrell from the CSHE said the awards were an excellent way for academic staff to get recognition for the work they do in teaching, which can be harder to achieve than in research where outstanding performance is more quantifiable and visible.

"While awards can be a great way for academics to show evidence of strength in teaching for career purposes, for most recipients receiving an award tends to be more an expression of the importance they place on student learning and their love for teaching or, for professional staff, for providing the highest quality student support possible," she said.

The 2013 Excellence in Teaching recipients are:


Barbara Falk Award (two awards made) – Associate Professor Michelle Foster (Melbourne Law School) and Dr Melanie Plesch (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

David White Award
– Dr Jenny Hayes (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

Edward Brown Award – Dr Sean Pinder (Business and Economics)

James Angus Award for Outstanding Higher Degree Supervision – Professor Mary Wlodek (Melbourne School of Graduate Research)

Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence
- Professor Gordon Lynch (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

Rio Tinto Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education – Dr Wayne Atkinson

Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs – ‘Thesis Boot Camp’ Ms Peta Freestone, Dr Liam Connell and Dr Katherine Firth

Gerry Barretto Awards for outstanding Student Services (two awards made) – Phillip O’Neill, Melbourne Students and Learning and Sandra Woods, Hero Macdonald and Elisa Soerjono, University Library

The University's recipients of national Office for Learning and Teaching Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning were also recognised.

See: http://cshe.unimelb.edu.au/prof_dev/awards/national_awards/citations.html.

For the complete list of University Awards for Excellence recipients for 2013 please see:
http://cshe.unimelb.edu.au/prof_dev/awards/UoMawards/current.html.

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