Notre Dame teachers recognised as Australia’s ‘most outstanding’

30 April 2019

Innovative educators at Notre Dame have been recognised among the top tertiary teachers in Australia.

The recent 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) paid tribute to Senior Lecturers Dr Deborah Pike, Dr Derek Hurrell, Lorraine Day and Dr Heidi Waldron in the Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning category.

Organised annually by Universities Australia, this year’s AAUT recognised a total of 13 outstanding teachers and teaching programs from the nation’s 39 universities.

Dr Pike, from the School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney, was commended for reinvigorating the teaching of literature and making it more immersive for her students through drawing on other disciplines and introducing physical exercise as an integral part of the program.

Using contemporary research Dr Hurrell and Ms Day, from the School of Education, Fremantle, were recognised for reimagining the way Mathematics education is delivered to engage their students to become more effective teachers.

And, Dr Waldron, from the School of Medicine, Fremantle, was recognised for creating a video library which supports the development of students’ clinical skills, procedural technique, clinical reasoning and working in healthcare teams.

“Our greatest university educators not only prepare students for the careers that await – they also spark a deep passion for ideas, knowledge and evidence in those they teach. And they imbue a love of learning to last a lifetime,” said UA Chief Executive, Catriona Jackson and Chair of UA, Professor Margaret Gardner, in the introduction to this year’s Awards.

“Across our country, every day, Australia’s highly-skilled university teachers bring to life the mission of our 39-member universities – to educate, inspire and kindle a passion for learning. Great teaching expands our thinking and broadens our horizons,” they added.

“Great teaching brings out the best in a learner. Great teaching makes learning joyous. This is exactly what these awards recognise.”

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