Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins announces the 2017 ACU Teaching Award winners. These awards recognise and reward the diverse and significant contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning and the priorities identified in University strategies.
Congratulations go to the following ACU staff for their commitment to teaching excellence and their contribution to student learning.
Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award
Professor Geraldine Castleton and Team Quality course offerings focused on safeguarding children and young people have been progressed through two ACU course design working groups, under the leadership of Professor Geraldine Castleton, Deputy Dean FEA.
The 2016 foundational work of FEA working with FTP, the Institute of Child Protection Studies. (ICPS) and FHS, in conjunction with Catholic Education Melbourne, created a tailored graduate certificate for educational leaders. In 2017 this offering was extended to meet broader needs, through a Provost sponsored curriculum group involving all Faculties, ICPS, Executive Education and LTC.
This Group developed a Capability Framework to underpin further ACU safeguarding activities and to support agencies in creating safer cultures. The new programs integrate research with key learning tools and the Group is currently working with the LTC to help drive ACU’s modularisation approach. These collaborative efforts (2016 and 2017) have enhanced learning and teaching practices at ACU and demonstrated impact linked to the Mission.
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Dr Robyn Bentley-Williams Faculty of Education and Arts, Strathfield: Dr Robyn Bentley-Williams has made outstanding contributions to support student learning in Diversity and Inclusive Education through scholarship of teaching and learning to build capacity
Associate Professor Diane Jacobs, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: For leadership in learning and teaching at the Speech Pathology Discipline, interdisciplinary, and Faculty level
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Integrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Teaching Practice)
Associate Professor Michael Griffith Faculty of Education and Arts, Strathfield: For inspiring students’ creativity, spirituality and academic engagement through integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition into English Literature Studies
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Early Career)
Dr Renata Cinelli, Faculty of Education and Arts, Melbourne: For enthusiastic and reflective teaching practice that challenges negative attitudes and promotes positivity, active involvement, confidence, and competence among health and physical education preservice teachers
Dr Ryan Timmins, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: Fostering of student development, self-directed learning, engagement and enthusiasm through effective and high quality teaching approaches in Exercise Science human anatomy units