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Newsroom Releases 2012 September Six named on national best teachers’ list

Six named on national best teachers' list
Six JCU staff have been honoured by the Australian Government for their efforts to improve student experiences and learning.

September 19, 2012: - Six James Cook University staff have been honoured by the Australian Government for their efforts to improve student experiences and learning.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said that the Citation Awards re-affirm the crucial role teachers and staff play delivering quality education and improving the student learning experience in Australian universities.

“A university education is about more than text books and exams – these initiatives will improve the overall learning experience which is necessary for students to participate successfully in higher education.

JCU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Professor Sally Kift said that the prestigious awards continued the excellent record JCU has in learning and teaching.

“They confirm the four star rating the University received for teaching quality in the latest edition of the Good Universities Guide which came out last week,” she said.

“It is also pleasing that our ‘stars’ come equally from our two major campuses in Australia – Cairns and Townsville - and are across all areas of the University’s activities.”

JCU’s Director of Teaching and Learning Development, Professor Angela Hill said: “The commitment of the awardees to their students is demonstrable in their outstanding feedback from student surveys.

“These teachers really do make a lasting difference to students’ lives,” she said.

The JCU recipients are:

Mr Alan Calder, Manager ,Teaching and Learning Development in Cairns, for over 14 years of developing student-centred and evidence-based language and learning support initiatives that empower students to succeed in their learning journeys.

Associate Professor Jane Mills, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition in Cairns, for inspiring student nurses and midwives to understand and use research findings, developing confident clinicians who integrate evidence into their everyday practice.

Ms Sharon Moore and Ms Lynette Ireland, both Lecturers in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies in Townsville, for the development of transformative pedagogies through 'courageous conversations' within the cultural interface to motivate student engagement and promote reconciliation.

Dr Paul Nelson, Senior Lecturer in soil science in Cairns with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, for enthusing students about soil science through a focus on discovery, critical environmental issues and the application of contemporary teaching and learning principles.

Ms Lynne Zeldenryk, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences in Townsville, for ensuring flexible student trajectories through the development of an innovative program that supports and sustains student access to occupational therapy education in North Queensland.

Contact: Professor Angela Hill 07 4781 6351 or 0403 833864

Issued: September 19, 2012

JCU Media Liaison, Jim O’Brien 07 4781 4822 or 0418 892449