Vice Chancellor's Awards: Outstanding teaching, student support and supervision
Five University of Sydney staff were recognised for Outstanding Teaching in this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Awards. The selection panel commented on the very high standard of the applications and strong competition in the category. Engaged enquiry was a feature of the winning applications.
- Professor Rick Benitez, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is commended for the outstanding quality of his own teaching, his leadership of the teaching development program for new staff, and the range of his involvement in teaching activities in the Faculty. A colleague commented, "Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your lecture. Absolutely wonderful. I was sitting at the back and all around me students were hanging on every word".
- For Dr Laura Beth Bugg, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, critical thinking, reflexivity and craftsmanship are fundamental to her philosophy and practice of teaching. Her Early Career Award for Outstanding Teaching acknowledges the qualities reflected in the 2012 Counter Course Guide comment that, "She makes research and theorising relevant and interesting and constantly links it back not only to those things that are real or tangible and close to home but exciting and engaging".
- The teaching of Giuseppe Carabetta, Sydney Business School is recognised as being innovative. He ensures that his students engage in creative research-based learning and assessment, resulting in what one student called "an exceptional learning environment", while another described him as "the most engaging lecturer and tutor with an incredible knowledge of the topic".
- Dr Patricia McCabe, Faculty of Health Sciences, is committed to fostering the sort of learning that will enable students to work effectively once they become graduates. Her leadership, creativity and vision are exemplified in the national impact of her work through an ALTC project and the sharing of her case-based pedagogy. One student acknowledged her knowledge base as "awesome", adding that she "encourages lifelong learning and motivates all students to be passionate about Evidence Based Learning".
- In the Faculty of Science, Dr Siegbert Schmid’s enthusiasm about his teaching is reflected in a comment from the Head of the School of Chemistry, stating that he is a "distinguished chemical education researcher who applies his research to introducing new and original teaching developments". The Selection Panel was impressed by evidence of his respect for students and his influence on the teaching of Chemistry beyond the university.
Two teams gained awards for their Support of the Student Experience.
- In the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Teaching team – Dr Debra Shirley, Associate Professor Leslie Nicholson, Dr Robert Boland, Dr Trudy Rebbeck and Peter Colagiuri – provided evidence of a useful initiative that was effectively embedded in the teaching program, transferable, and had achieved an impressive level of buy-in. The systematic building on the resources through the use of master classes enhanced the impact and effectiveness of the work.
- Associate Professor Fiona White and Dr Caleb Owens of the Faculty of Science are the First Year Psychology Curriculum Team responsible for the Constructive Feedback and Plagiarism Reduction Program. Although the approach of linking the development of writing skills and the reduction of plagiarism is not unique, the program they initiated has clearly had a positive, wide-reaching effect on the student experience, and is sustainable, scalable and timely.
Two awards were made for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.
- Professor Anita Bundy (pictured), Faculty of Health Sciences, has provided systematic and co-ordinated support for more than 60 higher degree research students. She tailors her practice to a diverse range of individual students while creating a forum that research students recognise as unique. Her contributions as a supervisor and mentor are reflected in her students' research publications and comments about her, such the following from an alumnus: "[She has] played an important role in shaping my scholarly ability, not only as an HDR student, but also as an academic member of staff".
- Professor Carol Pollock, Sydney Medical School, is commended for the exceptional quality of her supervisory practice, in a very demanding environment. Her committed, caring attention to students involves providing pathways and carving out time for them, with strong evidence that her achievements in this regard exceed normal practice. Students report that Professor Pollock managed to change the research culture for the better, and a referee commended "the outstanding research foundation" that students receive under her supervision.
Congratulations to all recipients of this year's VC's teaching awards.[close]
Five University of Sydney staff were recognised for Outstanding Teaching in this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Awards. The selection panel commented on the very high stand...[more]