Celebrating teaching excellence

The Learning and Teaching Centre is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2021 Teaching Development Grants and the ACU Citation and Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

ACU Teaching Development Grants are intended to contribute to innovations in learning and teaching and the development of resources and frameworks for good practice. Citations and awards for excellence in teaching are designed to recognise and reward staff who have made a significant contribution to student learning at ACU.

2021 Teaching Development Grants

The 2021 applications for Teaching Development Grants were of a high standard, proposing strategies to improve teaching and learning for various student cohorts.

The Learning and Teaching Centre, with the Awards and Grant Assessment Group, are pleased to announce the successful grants, which focus on inclusion and retention, embedding Indigenous knowledge and mentoring, enhancing interprofessional education in Health and improved practicum outcomes in Education.

Grant title Grant recipients
Aligning inter-professional learning in the School of Allied Health (SoAH) to the ACU Inter-Professional Education Framework and discipline-specific professional competency standards and corresponding university IPE accreditation requirements Dr Susan Darzins, Dr Aniqa Farwa, Mr Nick Flynn, Assoc Prof Elspeth Froude, Ms Shari Maver, Dr Michelle Smith-Tamaray
Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowings in ACU’s Law Curriculum: A First Step Towards Cultural Competence in the Australian Legal Profession Dr May Fong Cheong, Dr Joe Campana
Development of a culturally safe approach to teaching and curriculum design for LGBTQI health students and staff

Dr Georgia Clarkson, Ms Helena Williams, Ms Caitlin Fitzgibbon, Dr Angella Duvnjak

Enhancing practicum performance: Positively impacting retention, self-efficacy, resilience, confidence, and competency in pre-service teachers Dr Melissa Cain, Dr Kathleen McGuire, Dr Rebecca Pagano
Cultural Mentors in Allied Health Ms Kerrie Thomsen, Assoc Prof Loretta Sheppard, Assoc Prof Elspeth Froude
2021 ACU Citations and Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award

The Learning and Teaching Centre would like to congratulate the ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recipients and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients for 2021.

Citation title Citation recipients
The nominee, partnering with Brisbane Catholic Education, developed an innovative work-integrated learning program, intertwining spiritual formation and classroom practice, to produce high-potential ‘classroom-ready’ teachers. Dr Amanda Gutierrez
Using an innovative, real-world and student-centred approach to curriculum design to promote active learning and student engagement in the new paramedicine course Mr Andrew Van Noordenburg
For sustained innovative resources and passionate teaching practices that inspire independent and continued learning, creating a distinctive ACU learning experience for first-year law students

Dr May Fong Cheong

For creating opportunities that enhance staff’s confidence about their teaching practices Dr John Mahoney
Thu has incorporated the latest research in Literacy curriculum and resources development to respond to international and national initiatives for compelling 21st century literacy demands. Dr Thu Ngo
Strengthening the teaching-research nexus through the development and promotion of experiential learning opportunities that encourage genuine student engagement with research and researchers at ACU Dr Douglas Whyte, Dr Ryan Timmins
For constructively aligning six units across multiple degrees and using highest-level evidence to inform their delivery Dr John Mahoney, Mrs Elizabeth Aumand, Dr Ann-Marie Gibson, Dr Michael Noetel, Dr Justine Stynes, Dr Alyse Wilcox
Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award Award recipient
For using robust psychological evidence to create dynamic student experiences, and for leading others as they use knowledge to promote the common good Dr Michael Noetel
Congratulations to all 2021 grants, awards and citation recipients, and thank you to the Awards and Grants Assessment Group for their commitment.

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