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Maureen WalshAssociate Professor Maureen Walsh

Academic wins Australian Award for University Teaching

Associate Professor Maureen Walsh from Australian Catholic University (ACU) has received a 2009 Australian Award for University Teaching.

Granted by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), the awards recognise teaching excellence and those who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Associate Professor Walsh from the University's Strathfield Campus was honoured in the category of social science, and for her commitment to innovation in learning and teaching.

Associate Professor Walsh specialises in teaching English curriculum and literacy education. She supports her teaching by conducting ongoing research in areas such as reading education, second language reading, visual literacy and multimodal literacy.

"I am both delighted and honoured," she said. "While teaching has been an intrinsically fulfilling profession it is extremely pleasing to have my achievements acknowledged."

"My recent research on multimodal literacy is essential for an age in which technology and digital communication are reshaping communicative practices," said Associate Professor Walsh. "Teachers need to learn how to maintain a balance between traditional and multimodal literacy."

Professor Walsh and 23 other university teachers will receive their awards at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on 24 November, 2009.

This is the second time an ACU academic has won an ALTC Australian Award for University Teaching.

There are eight categories valued at $25,000 each.