Adelaide lecturers among nation's best

Wednesday, 12 July 2006

Seven University of Adelaide teaching staff have been named among the best in Australia, receiving national citations for excellence in teaching.

The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has named the Adelaide teaching staff in its inaugural Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, worth $10,000 each.

The citations recognise the unique contributions to quality teaching by academic staff from universities around Australia.

The seven staff nominated by the University of Adelaide for 2006 and awarded by the Carrick Institute are:

  • Dr Ben Cazzolato (Mechanical Engineering) for the development of innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and assessing control theory in order to stimulate independent learning and critical thinking.

  • Dr Anna Chur-Hansen (Psychiatry) for outstanding contributions to research and literature related to the education of health professionals, which have benefited the learning experiences of students locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Dr Mark Jaksa (Civil & Environmental Engineering) for the creation of innovative teaching resources that reflect enthusiasm for and a command of the field and that lead to enhanced student understanding of the principles of geotechnical engineering.

  • Dr Joy McEntee (English) for modelling an "infectious enthusiasm" for learning and teaching as stimulating and emotionally rewarding experiences, inspiring both learners and teachers over a 10-year period.

A ceremony to present the citations to the recipients and their guests will be held at the National Wine Centre, University of Adelaide, on August 10.

The University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Fred McDougall, has offered his congratulations to all of the citation recipients, noting that "their achievement is further evidence of the quality of teaching at the University of Adelaide".

"All of the citation recipients are previous winners of our own awards for excellence in teaching, and to have their outstanding contributions validated by the Carrick Institute is an honour for each of them," Professor McDougall says.

"Innovations in teaching being practised by our academic staff mean that our students have the best possible chance to learn and succeed in their chosen fields of study.

"Importantly, the quality of our teaching is based on the latest research outcomes, which means students receive a cutting-edge and well-rounded education at the University of Adelaide," he says.


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