Five University of Newcastle academics have been recognised for their exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and contribution to teaching.
They have been named winners of this year's Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support after being nominated by colleagues and students. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Kevin McConkey, said the awards would be presented at graduation ceremonies being held this week.
"Each recipient has made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning at the University of Newcastle. All winners are well-deserving of these awards and I pass on my appreciation and congratulations to them."
The winners are as follows:
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Support 2007 (major award): Dr Marita Lynagh and Dr Sue Outram - School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health
Dr Lynagh and Dr Outram have a combined teaching experience at the University of 39 years. They have developed, coordinated and taught innovative courses in a range of Schools across the University, including Nursing, Health Sciences, Education and Medicine. They have been leaders in delivering course that inspire students to learn through their focus on meaningful and professionally relevant curricula.
Dr David Palmer - School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts
Dr Palmer's work focusses on encouraging positive attitudes towards science among students in primary teacher education programs. He has a record of challenging and inspiring students through his enthusiastic and creative approaches to learning, and his graduates are deeply committed to science education and confident in the steps they can take to educate others.
Early Career Academic: Dr Sharon Cooper - School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts
Dr Cooper's success in motivating and inspiring students to learn is due to her own knowledge of her field, her ability to make complex ideas accessible, and to the meaningful learning environment she creates. Her teaching strategies help students become confident in taking learning risks, and demonstrate that outstanding results can be in within anyone's reach.
Professor Steffen Lehmann - School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Since arriving in 2005, Professor Lehmann has worked to reconnect the architectural profession, the University and the City of Newcastle with energy and enthusiasm. His international experience and outlook prepares students for architectural practice in a world of rapid change. He nurtures critical thinking and provides students with opportunities to be active and creative stewards of the local built environment.