9 July 2010: Professor Marie Emmitt, Dean of Education at Australian Catholic University (ACU), and Adjunct Professor Dr Anne Benjamin, have both been awarded Fellowships of the Australian College of Educators.
Dr Benjamin was recognised for her principled and visionary contribution to education in Australia and India, and in particular to Catholic education in Western Sydney.
Professor Emmitt was recognised for substantial and significant contribution to developments in language and literacy education in schools and in teacher education - through her committed involvement at local, state, national and international levels.
Dr John DeCourcy, President of the NSW branch of the College, said the Fellowship is a national award and one of the highest honours that the College can bestow.
“Fellowship of the College is a distinctive honour recognising the individual's contribution both in the workplace and in the education community more generally,” he said.
Professor Emmitt began her professional life as an infants' teacher, and said she was delighted to receive the Fellowship for her work in literacy education.
“It is an area that has changed significantly and continues to change as the demands for literacy in our society change,” she said. “It has provided many opportunities to work with national and international colleagues and it is certainly an area that provides many challenges for teacher education.”
Prior to working at ACU, Dr Benjamin was Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta.
“I am honoured that my peers in education have considered naming me as a Fellow of the Australian College of Education,” she said.
“It adds a very personal touch to share this award with them at this time, representing as they do for me, the best of professionalism from public education, Catholic education and the university sector.
“They are, more importantly, wonderful women and men.”