Seven Australian Catholic University (ACU) staff members have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to student learning with a 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation.The citations are valued at $10,000 each, and awarded to both academic and professional staff who demonstrated sustained dedication to improving the quality of the student learning experience. Five of the seven citations were awarded to the Faculty of Education.
Based at the Melbourne, Brisbane, Ballarat and Strathfield campuses, the ACU recipients are:
Ms Sandra Allen-Craig
For sustained commitment to excellence in the development and teaching of innovative curricula which utilise outdoor environments as a powerful medium for student learning.
Ms Judith Fromyhr
Citation for sustained commitment to making high quality music education accessible to all tertiary students regardless of their background and music experience.
Ms Rachael Jacobs
For the promotion of student learning in creative arts through innovative approaches to assessment, evaluation and feedback.
Dr Mellita Jones
Citation for ongoing development and implementation of transformational learning experiences in primary science teacher education.
Dr Madeleine Laming
For sustained commitment to developing innovative and effective approaches to engaging first-year students in learning that has assisted their transition to university.
Dr Karen Maras
Citation for an outstanding contribution to Visual Arts teacher education through development of curricula, resources and services that reflect a command of the field.
Associate Professor Joseph Zajda
For an innovative, influential and sustained contribution to teacher education through scholarship and publication.
Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching), said the significant number of awards demonstrated the high calibre of staff in all disciplines at ACU.
“Congratulations to these seven staff members who have made an impact not only on our students, but on their profession,” she said. “I would also like to acknowledge the team from the Learning and Teaching Centre for their wonderful support.”