Flinders teachers receive the highest praise

supervisor1High quality, innovative teaching by staff at Flinders University has been acknowledged by the award of eight Citations for Contributions to Outstanding Student Learning from the Federal Government’s Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).  Each Citation award comes with a $10,000 prize.

Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber said the excellent result was a tribute both to the individual teachers and to the University’s commitment to fostering imaginative and effective approaches in teaching and learning.

“Flinders has an impressive record of success in national awards for teaching quality; it is very pleasing to see this recognition of our achievements continuing at the highest level,” Professor Barber said.

“Flinders firmly believes that exceptional teaching is instrumental in producing exceptional graduates.”

The eight successful nominees from Flinders are listed below with their citations:

  • Dr Derek Dalton (Law) – For turning law on its head: stimulating deep learning at the interface of law and criminology and fostering independent learning via individually tailored research projects.
  • Ms Kay Edgecombe (Nursing and Midwifery) –  For an internationally acknowledged, strategic, sustained collaboration utilising the attributes of patients, nurses, academics and students to provide an optimal clinical learning environment for undergraduate students.
  • Professor Ross Kalucy (Psychiatry) – For sustained program development and implementation which maximise learning professional values and clinical competence in psychiatry.
  • Associate Professor Janet McIntyre (Political and International Studies) – Enabling postgraduate students to undertake MA and PhD level research by developing their critical thinking skills to inspire creative research design and rigorous analysis.
  • Dr Barbara Nielsen (Education) – Inspiring learning for teaching: modelling engaging teaching practices and creative curriculum development.
  • Dr Julie Robinson (Psychology) – For promoting deep knowledge of Developmental Psychology through experiential and emotionally engaging learning activities and facilitation of active learning.
  • Dr Ingrid Scholten (Speech Pathology) – For sustained distinction in creating innovative, integrated learning opportunities to construct and enliven an outcomes-based speech pathology curriculum, thereby enhancing the student experience.
  • Dr Lynley Wallis (Archaeology) – For leadership and innovation in developing an outstanding graduate training program in archaeology and cultural heritage management to produce industry ready graduates.

Another 2009 ALTC Citation winner, Dr Cassandra Star, has recently joined Flinders University from the University of Southern Queensland, where she shared in an award for institutional leadership in creating and sustaining a university-wide situated professional development initiative to improve learning and teaching quality by empowering academic teaching staff.

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