WINNERS 2018 AUSTRALIAN AWARDS FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHING

2018 AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TEACHER OF THE YEAR

(PRIZE MONEY: $20,000)

DR KEVIN LARKIN, Griffith University

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Dr Kevin Larkin is a scholarly teacher and educational leader. Based on 30 years of school teaching and school leadership, and six years university teaching and leadership experience, he influences, motivates and inspires our next generation of primary school teachers. His passion for maths, combined with innovative teaching methods, builds positive relationships, improves success and retention, assists pre-service teachers to develop positive attitudes towards maths, and inspires them to become teachers who foster curiosity and independent learning.NOTE: Dr Larkin is also the winner of the Social and Behavioural Sciences category in the 2018 Awards for Teaching Excellence, collecting an extra $15,000 for this second award.

2018 AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
(PRIZE MONEY: $15,000 per Category)

BIOLOGICAL, HEALTH AND RELATED STUDIES

Dr Simone Gibson, Monash University

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Dr Simone Gibson is Director of Education for Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences. Her teaching uses simulated and real patient experiences to give students the clinical knowledge they need to succeed in fast-paced hospital environments.
 

EARLY CAREER

Professor Christian Moro, Bond University

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Dr Christian Moro helps health science and medicine students master the demanding disciplines of physiology and anatomy through innovative, creative, interactive and technology-enhanced subjects.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS

Alistair Thomson, Monash University

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In a career spanning three decades, Alistair Thomson has established an international reputation for groundbreaking history teaching. His innovative teaching partnerships with industry and community organisations sees students research and write history, as well as gain the skills needed to work in the history and cultural industries.

LAW, ECONOMICS, BUSINESS AND RELATED STUDIES

Associate Professor April Wright, The University of Queensland

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Associate Professor April Wright has transformed the learning experiences of business students in large core courses at the beginning and end of their undergraduate program. Her teaching equips students to connect management theory and practice through innovative, team-based learning modules, case studies and online simulations.

NEVILLE BONNER AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

The CAIK Team, University of Technology Sydney 
Professor Susan Page, Professor Michelle Trudgett and Associate Professor Gawain Bodkin-Andrews

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Professor Susan Page, Professor Michelle Trudgett and Associate Professor Gawain Bodkin-Andrews established the Centre for Advancing Indigenous Knowledge (CAIK) in early 2015. They teach undergraduate and postgraduate students and provide professional development for university teachers, connecting learners with Indigenous knowledge. They created the innovative subject, Aboriginal Sydney Now, which has grown to a thriving learning community of over 800 students. They have also built a strong cohort of dynamic Indigenous and non-Indigenous PhD students whose research is contributing to a diverse range of Indigenous research methodologies and culturally responsive research practices.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND RELATED STUDIES

Associate Professor Timothy McIntyre, The University of Queensland

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Associate Professor McIntyre has developed new approaches to teaching, enhanced program design, and mentored fellow staff. He combines his earlier experiences in the development of online simulations with contemporary web technology to create online interactive modules that allow students to prepare for his classes in an engaging and informative way. He incorporates purpose-built simulations in his teaching, helping students to visualise difficult concepts, and to further explore during class and assessment activities. He coordinated a team of academics and learning designers to further develop simulations and associated teaching packages for use in courses across the physics and mathematics disciplines.

2018 AWARDS FOR PROGRAMS THAT ENHANCE LEARNING
(PRIZE MONEY: $15,000 per Category)

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS

Go Health Go Griffith, Griffith University
Associate Professor Suzzanne Owen, Associate Professor Helen Massa and Lyn Armit (Education Queensland)

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Go Health Go Griffith is an innovative school-university-industry educational program. The three-stage program uses age-appropriate learning experiences to inspire interest and success in health and science. The three stages include community engagement and awareness building, support for subject selection in senior school and embedding university-level subjects within year 11 and 12 programs.

State-wide partnership for Assistant Nursing training, Edith Cowan University
Carol Crevacore, Hazel Neale, Fenella Scott, Michelle Dixon

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Since 2010, nursing students at Edith Cowan University have benefited from a unique partnership with NorthMetro TAFE, employment agency NurseWest and Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Students undertake training and employment as an Assistant in Nursing while completing their registered nursing studies at university. The one-in-a-kind program increases enrolments and retention and produces assistant nurses that are industry-ready and meet critical workforce needs. More than 800 students have completed the program and successfully transitioned to nursing positions.

INNOVATION IN CURRICULUM DESIGN AND PEDAGOGY PRACTICE

Bachelor of Nursing e-portfolio learning program, Murdoch University
Associate Professor Caroline Nilson, Dr Martin Hopkins, Prue Andrus, Helen Dugmore, Cormac Norton

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The Bachelor of Nursing e-portfolio program prepares Murdoch University nursing graduates for professional practice in a complex, dynamic, and adaptive system that responds to society’s and patients’ health care needs. The e-portfolio interface sees student engage in an authentic learning process that they own, and which allows them to meaningfully construct, explore and discuss real-world problems in contexts that are relevant to their nursing knowledge and skills development. The e-portfolio activities and assessments are also linked to the graduate employability skills that are aligned with industry practices, protocols and standards.

WAAPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Acting), Edith Cowan University
Glenda Linscott, Samantha Chester, Donald Woodburn, Luzita Fereday, Associate Professor Andrew Lewis

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Edith Cowan University offers one of the leading actor training programs in Australia: the Bachelor of Arts (Acting) (BAA) in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Students are coached through a fully scaffolded, immersive experience that supports them to integrate three foundational strands of actor training: voice, movement, and acting. This tailored approach contributes to outstanding student experience outcomes well above the school, university, and national rankings and exceptional graduate outcomes – exemplified with BAA graduates performing in international and local movies, theatres, shows, and TV series, as well as creating their own work.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES AND LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES

Fit For Study, The University of Western Australia 
Tricia Wylde, Emma Hawkins, Kasey Hartung and Emma Boyne

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Since 2002, the Fit For Study program has supported and improved learning and facilitated the personal growth of students from The University of Western Australia. The collaborative program recognises the value of engaging students and providing learning opportunities that enrich the student higher education experience. Among other things, the program builds student physical and mental health literacy to improve learning and academic achievement.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AND INTERNATIONALISATION

Kira Kira Program, Bond University
Professor Peter Jones, Associate Professor James Fink, Professor Janie Smith, Associate Professor Dianne Reidlinger, Associate Professor Nikki Milne, Ned Wales, Nikki Gommans

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The Kira Kira program has supported 240 medical, allied health and sustainable development students from Bond University to complete interprofessional work placements in a remote community in the Solomon Islands. Students work in a local hospital and with the local government, providing health and other services. Participating students develop wide-ranging interprofessional skills in teamwork, leadership development and resilience, in addition to profession specific skills.