Murdoch staff recognised for outstanding work

June 27, 2011

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Six Murdoch University lecturers are to receive 2011 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

The Citations, worth $10,000 each, will be presented at the 2011 Australian Awards for University Teaching ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 16 August.

The ALTC has for the first time included ‘early career’ achievers with no more than seven years’ experience in higher education in the list of Citation recipients. Two of the Murdoch winners – Pamela Martin-Lynch and Caroline Nilson – fall into that category.

Professor Gary Martin, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, said: “I am delighted that our staff have been recognised in this way. We are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated lecturers who are able to make a real difference to the student learning experience.

“It is particularly pleasing to have two people selected for the ‘early career’ category as this formal recognition will no doubt encourage them to continue their exceptional work for many years to come.”

The Citation recipients from Murdoch are:

Dr Guy Curtis, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
For an effective combination of innovative assessment, evidence-based practice, and inspiring teaching in psychology

Kate Fitch, Senior Lecturer, School of Media Communication and Culture
For the development of reflexive, critical and professional practitioners through the introduction of industry relevant work integrated learning activities in the public relations curriculum

Dr Alexander Jensen, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and Humanities
For innovative and holistic approaches to curriculum design and teaching in response to pedagogical challenges particular to theology

Pamela Martin-Lynch, Lecturer, Office of Student Life and Learning (Early Career)
For significant commitment and contribution to student transition and retention through a creative, holistic, motivational and relational approach to teaching and learning support

Caroline Nilson, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery (Early Career)
For developing an holistic care-giving model for women and families during their birthing continuum through an engaging art project in an undergraduate nursing unit

Sonia Walker, Lecturer, School of Law
For providing learning experiences in the areas of legal problem solving and research that inspire students and allow them to become effective future legal professionals

Citations can be awarded to academic, general and sessional staff, and institutional associates, who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

In total, 185 individuals and 25 teams will be presented with Citations this year.

Since 2006, the ALTC has awarded $12.8 million to Citation recipients. This money is used to provide development opportunities for the winning individuals and programs, injecting funds directly back into higher education.

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