Recognising Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Teaching Excellence

These awards recognise the contributions made to student learning by both academic and professional staff, and reward the University’s highest achievers in teaching, support of teaching, and supervisory practices.  

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients:

  • Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning - Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

    Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

    School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

    Driven by a desire to enhance mental health, Michelle developed the innovative and internationally benchmarked communication and wellbeing curriculum in the School of Animal and Veterinary Science. Michelle applies a scholarly approach to her teaching and is a nationally and internationally recognised teacher in her field.

    Her simulation-based and learner-centred teaching methods help students integrate and apply key evidence-based employability skills; critical for lifelong professional and personal success.

  • Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning - Associate Professor Benjamin McCann

    School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    The foundations of Ben’s teaching philosophy are that you commit yourself to something you love, and you don’t hesitate to share that passion. For students in his classroom, this passion and motivation are achieved through total immersion in the languages of French and Film Studies.

    Ben empowers his students to take charge of their own intellectual development by creating a vibrant environment that combines precision, accuracy, and four core values: ‘belonging’, ‘relationships’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘competence’

  • Excellence in the Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice - Associate Professor Adam Montagu

    Adelaide Health Simulation
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    Associate Professor Adam Montagu is Director of Adelaide Health Simulation (AHS) within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. AHS has seen rapid expansion over the past decade, and his leadership throughout this period has delivered a world-class health care simulation facility unrivalled in Asia Pacific.

    AHS has attracted significant local, national and global attention. Adam and his team are now routinely sought to share their process and contribution to patient safety and student learning.

  • Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice - Dr Anna Szorenyi

    Dr Anna Szorenyi

    School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    Dr Anna Szorenyi's supervisory practice is holistic and relational. She achieves excellent research and career outcomes through treating students as whole persons and attending to the affective dimensions of the research process. This enables students to find their own research identities and develop their own practice.

    She has a special interest in supporting students from non-traditional backgrounds, including neurodivergence. She is a leader in improving supervision practice across the University.

  • Highly Commended - HDR Supervisory Practice - Associate Professor Peter Pugsley

    Associate Professor Peter Pugsley

    School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    Associate Professor Peter C. Pugsley has aimed for excellence in all facets of his HDR supervisory practices. His research and teaching in Asian film and media has attracted many international students who have all successfully navigated the pathways toward their doctorate.

    Through a style that nurtures and rewards the communication of student research findings, he has contributed to more than 15 published, career-focused, research outcomes from 11 successful HDR completions.

  • Highly Commended - Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice - Associate Professor Mathew White

    A/Prof Mathew White

    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    After a 20-year award-winning career as a secondary school teacher with a decade of executive-level leadership Mathew moved to higher education. As program coordinator for the MEd, Mathew transformed the program.

    Mathew is passionate about educating the next generation of teachers and leaders who are committed to evidence-informed teaching practice to improve student learning regardless of circumstance. He is Interim Head of the School of Education and Acting Deputy Dean (Learning & Teaching) for ABLE.

Commendations for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning

These awards recognise the diverse range of activities, services and programs that contribute to student learning and engagement at the University of Adelaide. They serve to highlight the important role that staff from all areas of the University have in supporting us to achieve our strategic goals.

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients:

  • Developing Graduate Employability Through Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) - Team; Kindergym

    Team Kindergym
    Team Members
    • Associate Professor Tamara Page (Lead)
    • Ms Elyce Kenny
    • Mr Iain Everett

    Adelaide Nursing School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    With the declining opportunities for nursing students to complete a clinical placement within the paediatric setting, and the complexities of simulating this unique patient group in the laboratory, a new program of study was developed. The observational Kindergym experience enhanced the nursing curriculum and provided hands-on experience for nursing students in communicating, assessing and interacting with children and their caregivers. This provided them with a work-integrated-learning experience that they potentially otherwise would not have had.

  • Inclusive Learning and Teaching Approaches - Team; Maths Learning Centre

    MLC

    Team Members

    • Dr David Butler (Lead)
    • Mr Nicholas Crouch

    ECSAS/SAS
    Division of Academic and Student Engagement

    Dr David Butler and Mr Nicholas Crouch are the lecturers of the Maths Learning Centre (MLC), which belongs to the whole university as part of the Division of Academic and Student Engagement. Their MLC Drop-In Centre supports retention, learning and success for thousands of students and is deeply valued by both past and present students. Their innovative and inclusive teaching approaches have created a safe place where all students are welcome and encouraged to learn.

  • Inclusive Learning and Teaching Approaches - Dr Michelle Phillipov

    Associate Professor Michelle Phillipov

    School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    Dr Michelle Phillipov's inclusive approach to teaching in Media enables students to individualise course content and assessment to suit their own level of professional experience and confidence. Drawing on examples from courses including MDIA 3207 Media Industry Transitions and MDIA 2227/7005 Media Relations, this application demonstrates the success of Michelle’s approach in enhancing students’ learning outcomes, satisfaction, and critical capacities, as well as in influencing colleagues to adopt similar personalised approaches in their own teaching.

  • Innovations in Assessment and Feedback - Team; CCC Coordination

    Team - CCC Coordination
    Team Members
    • Dr Anna Leonard (Lead)
    • Dr Bonnie Williams
    • Dr Emma Muhlack

    School of Biomedicine
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    Anna, Bonnie and Emma form the coordination team behind Create Communicate Connect (CCC), the core first-year course for the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (BHMS) program. Together, they have developed an iterative approach to developing innovative and authentic assessment that constructively aligns to core foundational skills within the BHMS program. The effectiveness of their assessment design has now reached beyond CCC and has the potential to develop academic-skills university wide.

  • Innovations in Blended and/or Online Learning - Team; Enhanced blended learning

    Team - Enhancing Blended Learning
    Team Members
    • Dr Mahmud Masum (Lead)
    • Associate Professor Janice Loftus
    • Paul Gregory John Moss
    • Nurmalisa Che Ali
    • Dr Ary Suryawathy

    Adelaide Business School
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    This project implemented three strategies to leverage blended pedagogy: (1) animated videos, (2) chunked video modules with quizzes and (3) active learning applications such as Mentimeter and Padlet. Facilitating student engagement by using a blended context results in enhanced learning outcomes, and this is achieved by designing opportunities that allow students to make connections between synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. An evidence-based reflective approach was pursued in developing these teaching innovations.

Stephen Cole the Elder 2019 winners

2022 Celebration of Learning and Teaching

Join colleagues, friends and family members as we recognise and celebrate contributions to learning and teaching at the University of Adelaide.
Wednesday 14 December, 4.00pm - 5.30pm
All welcome!

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Former institutional award recipients

Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence

All applications for Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence are assessed by a Selection Panel convened by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) on the evidence provided in support of the criteria for each category. The application must demonstrate that the contribution has been sustained for a period of no less than three years.

Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Each year, one application may also be selected to receive the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and will receive an additional $2,000 in prize money.

Learn more about the award

  • Vice-Chancellors award for excellence recipients

    Year Name Area Presented in recognition of
    2021 Kayoko Enomoto School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
    Outstanding and sustained demonstration of innovation and leadership in the teaching of languages
    2020 Lyndsey Collins-Praino Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Outstanding and sustained demonstration of innovation in the teaching of neuroscience
    2019 Beth Loveys and Karina Riggs (team) School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Faculty of Sciences
    Developing and supporting a culture of teaching excellence at the Waite Campus
    2018 Elizabeth Koch Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Faculty of Arts
    Outstanding and sustained
    commitment to the enhancement of
    music education
    2017 Peter Hill School of Animal and Veterinary Science
    Faculty of Sciences
    Outstanding and Sustained Commitment
    to the Enhancement of Education in the
    Discipline of Veterinary Science
    2016 Michael Liebelt Faculty of ECMS  
  • 2021 recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Joanne Bowen School of Biomedicine
    Faculty of Health and Medical Science
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Natalie Edwards School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Kayoko Enomoto School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in the Leadership. Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Thomas Wanner School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
     Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
  • 2020 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Benito Cao School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching and the Support for Learning
    Lyndsey Collins-Praino Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in Teaching and the Support for Learning
    Melissa Nursey-Bray School of Social Science
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Amanda Page Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Science
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
  • 2019 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Hong Cai School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching
    Frank Donnelly School of Nursing
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership.
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Karina Riggs and Beth Loveys (team) School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership.
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Susan Hemer School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
  • 2018 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Corinna Van Den Heuvel Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Elizabeth Koch Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
    Claudia Szabo School of Computer Science
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
    Christophe Fumeaux School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
  • 2017 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Paul Sendziuk School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Cathy Snelling and Sophie Karanicolas Adelaide Dental School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Peter Hill School of Animal and Veterinary Science
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
  • 2016 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Gordon Howarth School of Animal and Veterinary Science,
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Megan Lewis

    School of Biological Sciences,
    Faculty of Sciences

    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Michael Liebelt School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Joy McEntee School of Humanities,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning

Commendations for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning 

These awards recognise the diverse range of activities, services and programs that contribute to student learning and engagement at the University of Adelaide. They serve to highlight the important role that staff from all areas of the University have in supporting us to achieve our strategic goals.

Learn more about the award

  • 2021 award recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Carlos Bartesaghi Koc School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE)
    Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Science
    Innovations in blended and/or online learning
    Viythia Katharesan School of Biomedicine / Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology
    Faculty of Health and Medical Science
    Innovations in blended and/or online learning
    Benjamin McCann School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Promoting student wellbeing
    Team: Beyond Climate Anxiety and Pandemic Blues: Using Transformative Learning to
    Foster Student Wellbeing during Times of Crisis  Shoko Yoneyama and Danielle LeMieux
    Dr Shoko Yoneyama - School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Danielle LeMieux - Learning Designer, Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI) Promoting student wellbeing
  • 2020 award recipients

    Special commendations - COVID 19 Emergency teaching response 

    In 2020 there were no DASE sponsored Commendations due to budgetary restrictions imposed to manage the COVID 19 pandemic emergency response. 

    Instead, Special Commendations were offered to recognise the exceptional work in teaching and learning that academic and professional staff supporting teaching have undertaken in response to the COVID19 pandemic.  

    In recognition of the increased workload imposed by the changes in teaching mode required by the emergency response we have simplified the application process. 

    Awards were made to staff who demonstrated agility, creativity and innovation in responding to the unique learning and teaching context created by the COVID19 pandemic.  

  • 2019 award recipients

    Name Area Award Category
    Francesco Barbera
    Business School
    Faculty of the Professions
    Using effective and innovative assessment and feedback practices
    Walter Barbieri School of Education
    Faculty of Arts
    Effective & Innovative use of Learning Technologies
    Lyndsey Collins-Praino Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Effective & Innovative use of Learning Technologies
    Tak Kee School of Physical Sciences
    Faculty of Sciences
    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices
    Michelle McArthur School of Animal and Veterinary Science Faculty of Sciences Developing Career-Ready Graduates
  • 2018 award recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Mark Dodd School of Economics
    Faculty of the Professions
    Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Anne Hewitt Adelaide Law School
    Faculty of the Professions
    Supporting and encouraging colleagues in their teaching
    Chelsea Liu

    Adelaide Business School
    Faculty of the Professions

    Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Kerry Wilkinson

    School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Faculty of Sciences

    Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Rachel Ankeny School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practice
    Susan Hemer

    School of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Arts

    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practice