Congratulations to the three ACU winners of national teaching awards

Published: Wednesday 14th September 2016

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins congratulates the three ACU academics who have been awarded Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Government.

These awards are highly competitive and are designed to recognise quality teaching practice in Australian higher education. The recipients received their awards at the AAUT Citation Ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 13 September.

Dr Catherine Bell, Faculty of Education & Arts, Melbourne, Dr Cathie Harrison, Faculty of Education & Arts, North Sydney and Mr Anthony Whitty, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne were each recognised with an award.

The recipients received their awards at the AAUT Citation Ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 13 September.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said staff members from the successful universities were assisting in the creation of a world-class higher education system with an international reputation for excellence.

“Creativity and innovation in learning and teaching are the bedrock of a quality higher education system. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated people who consistently go above and beyond to deliver better teaching and student outcomes,” Minister Birmingham said.

The successful ACU nominees are:

Photo of Dr Catherine Bell

Dr Catherine Bell, Faculty of Education & Arts, Melbourne: For visual arts curriculum that prioritises studio-led research and develops professional competencies that empowers students to actively contribute to the creative sector upon graduation.

Dr Bell designs visual arts curriculum that focuses on a studio-led research approach that inspires students to be research-driven creative problem solvers. Through collaborative and peer-assisted learning, Bell develops core competencies such as shared thinking, negotiation, communication skills, teamwork and critical reflection.  Students learn to identify creative and commercial opportunities and to apply their knowledge of visual art in a range of professional contexts so they will be industry ready art professionals.

Photo of Dr Cathie Harrison

Dr Cathie Harrison, Faculty of Education & Arts, North Sydney: For leadership and innovation in curricula development and the design of educational services and resources that demonstrate a strong command of early childhood education.

Dr Harrison’s sustained and significant contribution to early childhood education is demonstrated through leadership and innovation in curricula development and implementation. Commitment to quality teaching through learner centred pedagogies has contributed to the engagement and enthusiasm of undergraduate and postgraduate students and practising teachers. Cathie’s involvement in the evaluation of educational policy and design and delivery of educational services and resources in educational and community settings reflects her knowledge and standing in the field.

Photo of Anthony Whitty

Mr Anthony Whitty, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: For creating an authentic learning experience that integrates scientific principles and professional experiences to enhance the employability of Exercise Science graduates.

Mr Whitty has made a significant contribution to motivate ACU Exercise Science graduates to develop the required skill sets to become employable in a competitive work market. He has provided strategies that enhance the student’s ability to integrate complex scientific pedagogy into real-world settings. Anthony has also created sport for development programs to inspire the student learning experience. Institutional awards and student feedback are evidence of the success of his leadership in this area.

The AAUT website has information about their awards program. Information about ACU Teaching awards can also be found on the ACU Learning and Teaching website.

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