Prestigious national teaching awards for UNE academics

Published 15 September 2016
L-R: Greg Balcombe (Acting PVCA), Alicia Zikan (Program Manager, OLT), Sujana Adapa, Tristan Taylor, Mitchell Parkes, Jackie Reid, Eria Smith, Prof. Nick Reid

L-R: Greg Balcombe (Acting PVCA), Alicia Zikan (Program Manager, OLT), Sujana Adapa, Tristan Taylor, Mitchell Parkes, Jackie Reid, Eria Smith, Prof. Nick Reid

Six academics from the University of New England have received one of the highest teaching awards in the country for outstanding contributions to student learning.

The five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning were awarded as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching. This marks the most citations UNE has received in any year from the Department of Education and Training.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, said she was thrilled for the recipients and that their recognition was so well deserved.

“Our students have such a wonderful experience because of the quality of our teaching. I’ve never worked anywhere with such dedicated staff. I know the recipients have put in an enormous amount of work, and it really is appreciated,” Professor Duncan said.

Congratulations to:

  • Dr Sujana Adapa, for the design and development of experiential learning opportunities in marketing units;
  • The ICT Education Unit Coordination Team, Dr Mitchell Parkes and Dr Peter Fletcher, for the creation and delivery of an innovative, research based learning design in ICT;
  • Ms Jaqueline Reid, for scholarship and leadership enhancing teaching practices of STEM academics;
  • Dr Erica Smith, for improving students’ confidence with inspired, motivated and innovative teaching, improved curriculum and student support; and
  • Dr Tristan Taylor, for innovative teaching approaches for students learning unfamiliar material in blended and online learning environments.

The Citations are awarded to staff who who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area. All of these recipients have also been honoured by a UNE Award for Teaching Excellence; Dr Adapa in 2014, and the other recipients in 2016.

The Citations was presented by the Honourable Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, at a ceremony on Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney.