AVC Sydney recognised for outstanding vocational contribution

AVC Sydney recognised for outstanding vocational contribution

Professor Marea Nicholson, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Sydney), was selected by District 9680 and the Rotary Club of Winston Hills to receive a Rotary International Vocational Excellence Award in 2012.

This award recognises vocational excellence of the highest order and honours the outstanding contributions individuals have made for significant advancements in their vocational field in Australia. The award was presented at a ceremony on March 17 and recognised Professor Nicholson’s dedication and pursuit of excellence throughout her career.

With nearly 40 years experience, Professor Nicholson has contributed to many facets of education including special education, school counselling, teacher education and child protection.

The Vocation Excellence Award particularly recognises her dedication to ACU – having been involved with the University and its predecessor colleges since 1987. 

An internationally recognised advocate for child protection, Professor Nicholson was awarded the NSW Police Commissioner’s Award in 1991, and in 2001 was named Trainer of the Year by the Protective Behaviours Consultancy Group of NSW. At ACU Professor Nicholson was instrumental in the development of targeted pre-graduate units of study in child protection for students intending to undertake work as teachers.

Professor Nicholson has led numerous research projects with a focus on improved educational outcomes for marginalised people, including child protection. In particular, she was responsible for evaluations of Department of Community Service child protection training, as well as implementation of the Protective Behaviours program. 

In 2008 Professor Nicholson was elected President of the Teacher Education Council of NSW, now known as the NSW Council of Deans of Education (NSWTEC). She also chairs the Initial Teacher Education Committee of the NSW Institute of Teachers and is the Minister’s Higher Education representative on the Quality Teaching Council. 

Professor Nicholson joins a distinguished group of award recipients including Dr John Yeo, Dr Victor Chang, Nancy Bird Walton and Thomas Kenneally.

Congratulations to Professor Nicholson on this outstanding achievement.