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Awesome foursome recognised for outstanding teaching

Monday, 25 September 2017

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Four ECU academics have been named as among the best teachers in Australia in this year’s 2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

ECU staff specialising in work integrated learning, psychology, journalism and speech pathology received the citations from Minister for Education Senator Simon Birmingham.

The citations, worth $10,000 per recipient, are awarded annually by the federal government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). They recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.

The recipients are:

Associate Professor Denise Jackson
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, School of Business and Law

For sustained contributions to graduate employability and employment outcomes through research, leading to an innovative, evidence-based and nationally recognised school-wide work-integrated learning program.

Ms Abigail Lewis
Lecturer in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, School of Medical and Health Sciences

For the development and implementation of an innovative clinical practicum program in speech pathology, using reflective practice to optimise the development of students’ clinical skills.

Mrs Jo McManus
Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, School of Arts and Humanities

For empowering students to develop broadcast careers through a successful postgraduate broadcasting course that delivers paid industry internships, high employment rates and strong industry networks.

Dr Ken Robinson
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Arts and Humanities

For sustained motivation of psychology students to demonstrate exceptional learning.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman congratulated the four ECU staff members.

“These citations are further proof of ECU’s focus on the student experience and teaching excellence. But we’re not standing still. We have big plans for new technologies, additional work integrated learning opportunities and international experiences to ensure our students get ready for their future careers,” Professor Chapman said.

The four citations come after ECU recently received a five star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide for the 11th year in a row.

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