Education academic Anne-Maree Dawson will retire in January after spending 30 years working at ACU.
Prior to taking extended leave this year Anne-Maree worked as an Academic Advisor, Learning & Teaching and as a Catholic Teacher Education Consortium (CTEC) Project Manager. She said it was with mixed emotions that she had decided to retire.
“I have enjoyed my time as an academic staff member and have been privileged to work with and lead many academic and professional support staff over 30 years in a number of leadership positions,” Anne-Maree said.
Over the past 30 years Anne-Maree has worked as a Practicum Co-ordinator, National Field Experience Network Convenor, Assistant Head of School, Victoria and Deputy Head of Education, Learning & Teaching at the Melbourne Campus.
Amongst numerous contributions during her time with ACU, Anne-Maree:
lectured students and mentored staff in the Teaching & Management units, many of which she wrote
mentored a number of professional support staff in relation to courses, course progress, credit processes, course completion and securing placements
mentored academic staff in course and professional experience coordination roles
wrote the practicum booklets, furthered the Focused Supervision method of supervision and established procedures and protocols for At Risk preservice teachers and Fail preservice teachers
introduced the Meet the Employer Program for final year preservice teachers and the Professional Transition Program for final year pre-service teachers.
“My work has enabled me to forge many partnerships with ACU stakeholders, primary and secondary schools, Catholic Education Melbourne, regional dioceses, the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership,” Anne-Maree said.
“I am proud of my achievements and the strong relationships I have built and sustained with our stakeholders over my working life at ACU and its predecessor, the Institute of Catholic Education.”