Friday, 02 December 2016
There’s good news for those considering studying journalism or education at ECU: the University is home to two of the best teachers in Australia for these courses.
Journalism Associate Professor Trevor Cullen and Education Senior Lecturer Dr Lorraine Hammond are recipients of the national 2016 Awards for Teaching Excellence, which recognises outstanding contributions to student learning.
Professor Cullen was part of a team that spent 12 months interviewing more than 50 editors around the country to discover what skills journalism students needed to succeed in the industry. That knowledge has been incorporated into ECU’s Bachelor of Media and Communications course.
And under his leadership, professional placements for third year journalism students have also trebled. The placements provide valuable experience by working alongside journalists in newsrooms around Australia.
Students also gain work experience on campus. Professor Cullen helped develop ECU Daily, an online news website written and published by journalism students.
Dr Hammond is in constant demand by schools, politicians and the media for advice on classroom strategies, but her students remain her number one priority.
As course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Education, she has incorporated teaching strategies backed by research, so students can be confident their techniques will work in the classroom.
She also changed the timetable to offer more evening and Saturday classes to better suit mature age students juggling family and work commitments.
ECU graduates who study under Dr Hammond are in demand by employers and are recognised as highly effective teachers by their peers and the wider education community.
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