National recognition for outstanding USC staff

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National recognition for outstanding USC staff


23 August 2012

Two University of the Sunshine Coast staff have been recognised nationally for their outstanding impacts on learning and teaching.

USC Education Lecturer Sharon Hogan, of Buderim, is one of three winners from across the country to share the 2012 Australian Teacher Education Association’s Early Career Award.

The award from the peak professional body encourages and rewards outstanding work in teacher education.

Meanwhile USC Senior Academic Advisor (Strategy and Scholarship) Tilly Hinton has won a $168,000 secondment to the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

She was chosen in a nationwide selection process for the year-long posting which will include work in Sydney and overseas, strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships to ultimately improve student learning.

“As the inaugural secondee, I’m excited about forging links with colleagues at other higher education providers and in the public service, and bringing all my discoveries home to the University of the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Hinton said.

Ms Hogan received her share of her $3,000 award at the ATEA 2012 Conference in Adelaide in July.

“It’s very nice to get this national recognition after working in the education field for more than 20 years,” said Ms Hogan, a former Brisbane high school drama teacher who now leads USC’s Graduate Diploma in Education Program.

She said it was an exciting time to be nurturing postgraduate students, especially as many were leaving diverse careers to become teachers.

“At USC I’ve taught people from amazing backgrounds – scientists, doctors, artists – and I feel privileged to help them become teachers,” she said.

Ms Hogan, who is doing a PhD, has been involved in teacher education for 12 years and joined USC in 2010 from the Queensland University of Technology. She has a dynamic lecturing style, using the arts and technology to create new ways of learning.

She redeveloped the University’s graduate diploma program to boost professional learning and has increased student participation in the local community through projects with schools and service organisations.

Ms Hinton gained the secondment to pilot a program that will examine the impacts of projects that research learning and teaching in higher education.

Her role, funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching and supported by USC, will involve overseas travel to foster staff innovation in higher education and learning.

Office for Learning and Teaching General Manager Suzi Hewlett said: “Tilly has an exceptional capacity to forge strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in learning and teaching in higher education in Australia which will support and enhance our work in the sector. Her leadership skills will further our international links.”

Julie Schomberg

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