Three University of Newcastle academics have been recognised for their passion and innovative teaching methods at the prestigious Australian Awards for University Teaching.
The 2010 Awards for Teaching Excellence, conducted by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, were held in Canberra last night (Tuesday 16 November). The awards recognise academics who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations), Professor Kevin McConkey, said the awards were one of the top honours for Australian academics.
“These academics are leaders in their field and are part of the University’s vision of using innovation and cutting-edge techniques to teach our students.”
Associate Professor Tracy Levett-Jones won an award for Teaching Excellence Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies in recognition of her ability to motivate and engage students’ critical thinking and analytical skills. She is known as an excellent role model and mentor for both staff and students.
Internationally renowned conductor and Director of the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, Dr Philip Matthias, received an award Teaching Excellence Humanities and the Arts for his lead role in developing new music courses and curricula. He was also recognised for encouraging and inspiring students to perform professionally at international levels.
Associate Professor John Anderson received an award for Teaching Excellence Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies for his outstanding teaching and role as a mentor at the Newcastle Law School. His innovative court observation program for first year students was also noted.
For more information visit www.altc.edu.au/awards
Contact information: For interviews with Associate Professor Levett-Jones,Dr Matthias and Associate Professor John Anderson, please telephone Leonie Brann, University of Newcastle Media and Public Relations Officer on 02 4921 6856.