Published on 22 August 2013
Five University of the Sunshine Coast staff have won national recognition for their outstanding contributions to student learning.
Graham Ashford, Dr Terry Lucke, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Srivastava, Dr Uwe Terton and Dr Ross Watkins have been awarded the prestigious annual citations from the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).
The five academics lecture in the areas of Environmental Economics, Civil Engineering, Geospatial Analysis, Computer-Based Design and Creative Writing.
They will receive their $10,000 citations at the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art on 24 September.
USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said OLT citations distinguished Australia’s most inspiring academic and professional staff whose teaching contributions had enriched student learning for a sustained period.
USC has won 28 OLT citations over the past five years, an extraordinary result for a smaller regional university.
The University’s 2013 recipients and citations are (in alphabetical order):
Graham Ashford, Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Climate Change Mitigation
For teaching that transforms: engaging students in complex economic and scientific concepts through authentic assessment, simulation, and participatory learning and reflection.
Mr Ashford draws on 12 years’ experience leading projects in climate change and poverty alleviation for foreign governments and United Nations agencies to make complicated economic and scientific content accessible and relevant. His students learn to see themselves as agents of change.
Dr Terry Lucke, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
For bringing engineering to life for students through personal passion, enthusiasm and engaging curricula based on experiential learning.
Dr Lucke’s teaching hallmarks are his experiential learning strategies and his passionate teaching style, which are enthusiastically received by his engineering students and widely acclaimed by academic and industry peers. His famous ‘spaghetti bridge competition’ teaches students the mechanics of materials.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Srivastava, Lecturer in Geospatial Analysis
For designing and delivering curricula and resources that promote comprehensive understanding of the spatial sciences by multidisciplinary undergraduate students who become highly valued, workforce-ready graduates.
Dr Srivastava derives great satisfaction from meticulously designing curricula and learning resources that ably equip his students to achieve their learning goals and embark on their chosen careers. His students impress their employers with the depth and breadth of their knowledge.
Dr Uwe Terton, Lecturer in Computer-Based Design
For designing and delivering exciting, engaging and inclusive curricula that build students’ competence and confidence, enabling their success in the digital design industry.
Dr Terton’s students benefit from his extensive international experience as a digital design practitioner. He develops curricula with a strong focus on experiential and work-integrated learning. His graduates are snapped up by employers, including national and international design firms.
Dr Ross Watkins, Lecturer in Creative Writing
For empowering students of creative writing to attain their potential through empathetic mentoring and innovative curriculum initiatives.
As a published author and illustrator, language is the measure of Dr Watkins’ life and he imparts this passion to his creative writing students. He views publication success as only one aspect of the writing process; he also measures empowerment in terms of students’ capacity and confidence to express themselves meaningfully through narrative.
— Julie Schomberg