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October 31 2008

More than 100 good reasons to learn at UniSA

UniSA's best teachers acknowledged at today's Celebration of Teaching Awards 2008The passion, enthusiasm and dedication of UniSA’s best teachers were applauded by their colleagues at today’s Celebration of Teaching Awards 2008 at the Sebel Playford.

The more than 100 members of staff from across the University’s four divisions were today recognised for teaching excellence by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and the University.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Professor Peter Lee said the awards acknowledged a commitment to excellence in teaching.

“UniSA is known for its practical and collaborative focus, producing graduates who are job-ready,” Prof Lee said.

“While all staff strive to provide rich and engaging learning experiences for our students, today’s celebration honours those who have excelled in providing great learning experiences.

“I know fellow staff and students will join me in congratulating them.”

Prof Lee highlighted the achievements of Susan Gilbert Hunt, Program Director for Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Science, who took out a prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Excellence for her highly successful work-integrated learning curriculum.

Ten other staff received ALTC Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, including criminologist Prof Rick Sarre who also received a UniSA Award for Teaching Excellence.

Assoc Prof Julie Mills from the School of Natural and Built Environments received the other UniSA Award for Teaching Excellence, while the UniSA Enhancing Learning Awards - recognising teaching and learning support activities and services - went to the First Years Experience and Mawson International Transitions project teams.

There were also two teams among the 14 UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for significant contribution to student learning over a sustained period of time.

And the high level teaching performance of 54 staff was recognised with UniSA 2008 Quality Teaching Awards.

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