Awards for innovation in teaching

The early childhood team from Flinders University School of Education (left to right) Dr Yarrow Andrew, Associate Professor Susan Krieg, Ms Jennifer Fane, Dr Virginia Kinnear and Dr Jess Jovanovic.

A popular guide for sport coaching in schools, an innovative early-childhood education program and a successful student-led Legal Advice Clinic have seen Flinders University receive national citations in federal higher education awards.

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, yesterday announced more than 100 tertiary sector citations that clearly showcase innovation in student learning in education, health, arts and humanities, information technology, business and science. 

Twelve Flinders University academics have been recognised in five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching program

The Citations will be presented to:

Speech pathology senior lecturer Dr Chris Brebner.

Dr Chris Brebner (School of Health Sciences) – For innovation, leadership and sustained teaching excellence in integrated curricula that leads to the development of competent, work-ready speech pathology graduates.

Associate Professor Karen Orr Vered (School of Humanities and Creative Writing,  Department of Screen and Media) – For leadership in pedagogy that moves literacy development from the margins, to the core, of student learning experience and teaching practice – making writing ‘everyone’s business’.

Associate Professor Shane Pill (School of Education) – For the development and implementation of an innovative and robust pedagogical approach for the teaching and coaching of sport: ‘Play with Purpose’ – developing the thinking player.

Ms Deborah Ankor, Mrs Tania Leiman, Dr Susannah Sage-Jacobson and Ms Jocelyn Milne from Flinders Law School.

Associate Professor Susan Krieg, Dr Jess Jovanovic, Ms Jennifer Fane, Dr Virginia Kinnear and Dr Yarrow Andrew (School of Education) – For an inquiry-based work integrated learning approach, at individual subject and whole of course curriculum design, for an early childhood Bachelor of Education.

Ms Deborah Ankor, Mrs Tania Leiman, Dr Susannah Sage-Jacobson and Ms Jocelyn Milne (Flinders Law School, Legal Advice Clinic) – For creating inspirational and transformative clinical legal education that motivates students to develop an ethical professional identity, while acquiring high quality practical skills.

Professor Andrew Parkin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), praised the Flinders Citation winners for their advancement of high-standard teaching and course delivery.

Associate Professor Karen Orr Vered from Screen and Media studies.

“Congratulations to these deservedly-recognised teachers and to their faculties and departments.

“The educational innovation and leadership which they have demonstrated enhances what Flinders has to offer to our students and, with this national recognition, to the higher education sector in general,” Professor Parkin says.

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said staff members from the 36 successful Australian universities are assisting in the creation of a world-class higher education system with an international reputation for excellence.

“Creativity and innovation in learning and teaching are the bedrock of a quality higher education system. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated people who consistently go above and beyond to deliver better teaching and student outcomes,” Senator Birmingham said yesterday.

Associate Professor Shane Pill, from the Sport, Health and Physical Education Research Centre at the School of Education.

“Excellent teachers and their work deserve celebration to ensure even more Australians can benefit from the lessons they’ve learned. That’s why the Turnbull Government believes high quality teaching must be a core expectation of all higher education providers.”

More than 100 of the nation’s leading university academics and professional staff are being recognised over the next month through the Citations that are awarded annually and valued at $10,000 each. 

The Flinders University staff will be presented with their Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the State Library of SA in Adelaide on Tuesday 4 October.

The new Australian Awards for University Teaching program also includes national prizes in four other categories, to be announced in coming weeks: Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, Awards for Teaching Excellence,  an Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and an overall Career Achievement Award.


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