Three USC staff earn $10,000 national awards

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Three USC staff earn $10,000 national awards


Dr Michael Carey

18 September 2014

Caroline Cottman_140x220.jpgGeoff Lovell_140x220.jpgThree University of the Sunshine Coast staff will soon receive Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

The prestigious $10,000 citations, announced yesterday by Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne, will go to Dr Michael Carey, Dr Geoff Lovell and Caroline Cottman. Only 110 of these citations will be awarded nationally this year.

Dr Carey lectures in English language and literacy, Dr Lovell teaches in psychology and Ms Cottman facilitates the professional development of academic staff at USC.

They will receive their citations at the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching at Brisbane’s Customs House on Monday 29 September.

USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann congratulated the trio, saying OLT citations distinguished Australia’s most inspiring academic and professional staff whose sustained teaching contributions had enriched student learning.

She said USC’s record of winning 36 OLT citations over the past nine years was impressive.

“2014 was a particularly competitive year with a new restriction that only six nominations from each institution could be submitted for national consideration,” she said.

The citations for the USC staff are (in alphabetical order):

Dr Michael Carey – for excellence in developing curricula, resources and services that improve the English language skills and knowledge of pre-service teachers, colleagues and the wider student cohort.

Caroline Cottman – for academic development activities that create ‘ripples on the pond’ by inspiring and motivating scholarly teaching, fostering collaboration and promoting reflection and active, learner-centred experiences.

Dr Geoff Lovell – for 22 years of excellence in inspiring and motivating psychology and sports science students to actively engage in learning through enthusiastic, student-centred teaching practice.

— Terry Walsh

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