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New awards to recognise teaching quality


Published on 3 December 2013

The 12 winners of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Advance Awards will be recognised at a ceremony on Wednesday 4 December for outstanding contribution to teaching, learning and student support at USC.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said the awards attracted almost 300 nominations from students and staff acknowledging the excellent work of their teachers, professional staff and colleagues.

“The 93 people who then submitted applications demonstrated an impressive diversity of innovative and inspiring learning and teaching practice,” she said.

Professor Lohmann will speak at the ceremony in the USC Art Gallery from 12-1pm. The awards and winners are:

For Advancing Quality Teaching

  • Phyllis Araneo, Academic Fellow teaching Environment, Technology and Sustainability, and Visual Literacy, of Buderim
  • Gail Crimmins, Associate Lecturer in Communication, of Buderim
  • Sam Edwards, Lecturer in Nursing, of Buddina
  • Adjunct Professor David Hollinsworth, School of Social Sciences, of Palmwoods
  • Colleen Kneale, Associate Lecturer in Bioscience, of Noosaville
  • Daniel Mellifont, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Rehabilitation Science, of Buddina
  • Dr Greg Nash, Lecturer in Communication, of Maroochydore
  • Dr Anna Potter, Lecturer in Communications, of Woombye
  • Dr Janet Wyvill, Lecturer in Secondary Education and Professional Learning, of Brisbane

For Advancing the Blended Learning Environment (Blended teaching involves integrating educational technologies with face-to-face teaching)

  • Anita Hamilton, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, also awarded a Moderators’ Commendation
  • John Hunt, Lecturer in Education, of Mountain Creek

For Advancing the Student Experience

  • Academic Skills Team, Student Life and Learning (Margot Reeh, Irene O’Leary, Johanna Einfalt, David Duncan, Brian Higgins, Faye Thompson, Donna Thompson, Gaby Ziegan, Daniel Meloncelli, Audrey Dickson, Peter Cahill).

— Julie Schomberg

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