The School of Psychology held its annual retreat in Melbourne in late January. The forum provides an important opportunity for new staff to be inducted into the School, for teaching teams to undertake some intensive planning for the year ahead, and for major priorities to be addressed.
At this year’s forum the School explored key learning and teaching opportunities. Staff presented on progress on key innovations in 2015, including experiences with flipped learning and the School’s involvement in the Simulation project.
In other teaching and learning developments, Professor Sabine Hammond, who is a former National Head of School and currently in a key role with The Australian Psychological Society, introduced the School to the recently announced Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project. The School is planning to work with Professor Hammond to be a frontrunner in the implementation of this curriculum framework. Professor Anne Cummins presented on university development in learning and teaching in a presentation entitled “Is the traditional lecture dead? How do we respond to changing student expectations and changing attendance levels”.
In the research domain, Professor Marita McCabe facilitated discussions on developing an effective research trajectory and effective mentoring of research, with the aim of building and sustaining the research environment in the wake of the extremely positive ERA 2015 results in psychology. Research fellows shared their experiences in building effective research collaborations.
Further sessions included a focus on internationalisation and community engagement – two further areas of priority for the School in 2016.
Retirement of Associate Professor Cecelia Winkelman
The School farewelled Associate Professor Cecelia Winkelman, who retired after 30 years of dedicated service to ACU. Cecelia Winkelman first started in 1986 at Christ College, one of ACU’s founding teaching colleges, where she inspired many outstanding teachers.
Cecelia’s passion and drive was clear to see and she quickly became a key contributor to the School of Psychology. Cecelia played a critical role in the development of the full suite of accredited psychology courses we are proud to offer at ACU today. Cecelia served in the role of Assistant Head of National School and more recently she transitioned to the role of Deputy Head of School. Her farewell was attended by staff, including the current and five former Heads of School.