Five national teaching citations for staff at Flinders

Flinders’ strong record of national teaching honours continues with the award to staff of five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

The annual Citations form part of the national Office of Learning and Teaching’s Australian Awards for University Teaching, and are intended to recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. Each Citation comes with a $10,000 prize.

Citations to Flinders staff went to four individuals and one group.

Professor Andrew Parkin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said that the Citations reinforced the University’s institutional commitment to high quality teaching and learning.

“Once again, we see the evidence of energy, ingenuity and innovation by some of the finest exponents of teaching from across the University. It is especially pleasing that the calibre of their efforts has been recognised at the national level,” Professor Parkin said.

“These are all people who seek to refine and enliven their teaching practice and methods, as well as devising ways to improve delivery of our courses and curricula. They thereby add immeasurably to the student experience at Flinders.”

The 2013 recipients and their successful projects are:

Associate Professor Sue McAllister (Speech Pathology and Audiology): for facilitating the development and implementation of curriculum and assessment of students’ professional practice in the workplace that supports student learning

Professor Jim Mitchell (Biological Sciences): for transformative teaching and training of PhD students in research-focused science degrees

Associate Professor Steve Brown (Tourism): for the creation and development of the suite of undergraduate and post-graduate event design and management programs in Tourism leading to industry-ready graduates

Dr Ann Luzeckyj and Professor Heather Smigiel (Centre for University Teaching): for the design and delivery of the Flinders Academic Internship Program which develops the capacity of doctoral students as future academics in the university sector

Ms Jan Thompson (Nursing and Midwifery): for sustained visionary leadership through innovative program implementation in supporting nursing students in their journey to become successful university students and professional registered nurses.

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