ACU awarded nine Carrick citations for quality learning

Friday, 10 August 2007

10 August, 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) staff have received an impressive nine Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2007 Carrick Awards for Australian University Teaching, announced this week.

The Citations, now in their second year, are awarded to academic or general staff who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning at an Australian university. Each winner receives $10,000 in prize money.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO warmly congratulated the successful staff for their commitment to quality teaching and innovation.

“The Carrick Awards pay tribute each year to university staff who have reached high standards of teaching excellence, and as such I am proud to see the level of recognition that ACU has received in the latest round of citations,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Staff at ACU recognise the value of quality learning, both as the hallmark of a great university and as a key factor in helping graduates to serve the needs of diverse communities. This year’s award-winning projects are a perfect example of this commitment to hard work and innovation.”

The Carrick Citations are an initiative of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to recognising and rewarding excellence in university teaching in the higher education sector.

The following ACU staff received 2007 Carrick Citations:

• Dr Carolyn Broadbent (School of Education, Canberra Campus [Signadou]), for inspiring teacher education students to build sustainable communities of learning through the ARTS Factory initiative
• Ms Maya Cranitch (School of Education, Strathfield Campus [Mount St Mary]), for creating pathways to productive citizenship for recently arrived refugees through access to higher education with a supportive learning environment
• Ms Jacqui Guy (School of Nursing, North Sydney Campus [MacKillop]), for pioneering an innovative model of experiential learning for nursing students in partnership with a healthcare system in a developing country
• Ms Wendy Moran (School of Education, Strathfield Campus), for excellent and sustained promotion of student learning in primary teacher education through school partnerships in the Teaching and Learning Consortium
• Dr Vaughan Monamy (School of Arts & Sciences, North Sydney Campus), for using the extensive experience gained as a practicing scientist, policy maker and author to enrich and enhance teaching and to inspire learning in Environmental Science
• Dr Toni Noble (School of Education, Strathfield Campus), for an innovative, influential and sustained contribution to student learning in educational psychology and to teacher education through scholarship and publication
• Dr Kathy Robinson (School of Arts & Sciences, North Sydney Campus), for innovative adaptation of problem-based learning for large and diverse classes of nursing students to promote in-depth understanding of science
• Chris Sheargold (Library Services, national) for strategic and sustained leadership in the development of a student-focused library service that demonstrably supports learning in a multi-campus university
• Dr Gill Terrett (School of Psychology, Melbourne Campus [St Patrick’s]) for outstanding contribution to enhancing student learning outcomes in psychology and in the wider University community

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.