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Learning and Teaching Award Winners 2010


National Awards

The Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) administers the Awards for Australian University Teaching on behalf of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government.

Award for Teaching Excellence 2010

Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch, Elder Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Humanities and Scoial Sciences

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Steven Grainger, School of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
For enhancing the engagement, learning outcomes and achievements of the diverse student body through the development of open-ended cooperative learning project frameworks.

Dr Natalie Williamson, School of Chemistry & Physics, Faculty of Sciences
For combining humour, enthusiasm, clarity and strategic activities to arouse curiosity among chemistry students, encouraging a willingness to question and seek answers for deeper understanding.

Ms Catherine Snelling & Ms Sophie Karanicolas, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences
For sustained excellence in team teaching in a lively, imaginative and engaging manner that inspires enthusiastic, independent learning in the field of oral health.

Dr Ben McCann, School of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
For using language immersion, along with joie de vivre, to motivate students and inspire engagement in French grammar, literature and culture.

Mr Joshua McCarthy, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of the Professions
For successfully promoting professional, academic and social interaction among a diverse cohort of digital design students using the participatory web, and dashes of humour.

Award for Programs that Enhance Learning - Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations

Mining Education Australia
Mining Education Australia (MEA) was developed to deliver a common undergraduate course in mining engineering across Australia. This unique initiative was developed in response to increased demand for industry professionals in a climate of limited funding within the university environment, along with a critical shortage of suitably qualified academic staff. MEA is a joint venture between the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and Curtin University. In 2008, the University of Adelaide became a provisional member of the MEA Program.

The MEA program provides mining engineering students with a nationally recognised, comprehensive educational program covering all aspects of mining engineering, technical, operational and social issues, with access to a national group of mining academic staff with skills in all major areas. Additionally, students are given the chance to undertake exchange semesters among member universities, with increased opportunities for international collaboration.

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University of Adelaide Awards

Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Award for teachers with five years or more experience

  • Associate Professor Simon Pyke, School of Chemistry & Physics
  • Associate Professor David Walker, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Award for early career teachers

  • Dr Craig Willis, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Award for team teaching

  • Sophie Karanicolas and Catherine Snelling, School of Dentistry

Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Sophie Karanicolas and Catherine Snelling, School of Dentistry

Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision

  • Professor Holger Maier, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Excellence in Education Award

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Craig Willis, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
    Four courses with large classes have necessitated innovative teaching approaches for student engagement, along with facilitating independent learning via assessment and feedback that is effective and efficient.
    His courses follow four steps:
    1) Highlight the goal of the topic and the main steps in the analysis using figures (e.g. using document camera).
    2) Where possible, indicate the links to principles used in previous topics.
    3) Summarise the key concepts used to solve problems.
    4) Engage students in discussion through multiple choice questions and queries integrated into lectures.

Faculty of Health Sciences (Team award)

  • Dr Eleanor Peirce & Dr Mario Ricci, School of Medical Sciences
    As a team, Eleanor and Mario have structured their courses so that presentation formats, activities and assessment types are varied and focus on the incremental development of each student’s skills as well as knowledge. A peer-assisted learning scheme (PALS) that supports students in both individual learning and group work situations has been instigated, along with a peer network mentoring program termed Synapse to support students in their transition to university study.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Dr Rob Cover, School of Humanities
    Rob’s teaching philosophy, his focus on guiding students towards gaining the program graduate attributes and his approach to achieving excellence in teaching are characterised by:
    1) the integration of all aspects of academic learning into the full cycle of a degree program;
    2) the integration into the program of practical skills appropriate to post-university professional life;
    3) an approach to contemporary blended learning that uses resources both on and off-line in an seamlessly integrated manner.

Faculty of the Professions

  • Dr Laura Grenfell, Law School
    Laura's unique approach to teaching has seen her pair 'the theory' (Human Rights Law) with 'the practice' (Human Rights Internship Program) allowing students to supplement their theoretical knowledge with the practical experience of working with an organisation. This provides insights for the students into the practical operation of the field of law and fosters an appreciation of the importance of establishing a network of experts when practising law.

Faculty of Sciences (Team award)

  • Dr Kerry Wilkinson, Dr Michelle Wirthensohn, School of Agriculture, Food & Wine & Dr Michelle Picard, Adelaide Graduate Centre
    The team's interest in higher degree by research (HDR) pedagogy has involved the development of a series of online learning and teaching tools specifically tailored to the learning and teaching needs of HDR candidates and their supervisors. The tools include 'discussion starters' on authorship and supervision and 'worksheets' on publication and dissemination, authorship and data storage and management. return to top

Faculty Awards

Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences

Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching

  • Associate Professor Finnur Lárusson, School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Dr Wen Soong, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Dr Matthew Sorell, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Dr Braden Phillips, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Associate Professor Mike Liebelt, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mr Peter Ramsey, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mr Darryl Bosch, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Dr Craig Willis, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Executive Dean's Award

  • Dr Craig Willis, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences

Executive Dean's Prizes for Excellence in Teaching

  • Associate Professor John Kaidonas, School of Dentistry
  • Professor Anthony Pohl, School of Medicine
  • Dr Anne Wilson, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice
  • Dr Andrew Linn, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice
  • Dr Hugh Kildea, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice
  • Ms Adriana Milazzo, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Executive Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching

  • Dr Rob Cover, School of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prize for Excellence in Teaching

  • Dr Benito Cao, School of History and Politics (Early Career Teacher)
  • Ms Guila Tiver, Elder Conservatorium of Music (Individual Teacher)

Faculty of Sciences

Executive Dean of Sciences Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Sciences staff in their first five years of teaching

  • Dr Frank Grutzner, School of Molecular and Biomedical Science

Postgraduate student involved in teaching

  • Ms Hilary Coleman, School of Chemistry and Physics

Sciences staff with more than five years of teaching experience

  • Dr Bertram Ostendorf, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

 

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