VC's L&T Award recipients

VC's L&T Award recipients

2018 VC's Award recipients

Citation award

Carolyn Kennett (Faculty of Science and Engineering) For empowering students to become confident, flexible and creative users of mathematics.
Dr Jillian Kramer (Faculty of Arts) For developing strategies that inspire and motivate cultural studies students to engage with critical theory and analytical skills that will equip them for life-long learning.
Dr Alys Moody (Faculty of Arts) For building students’ independence and engagement by making challenging concepts relevant to their lives in 200-level English units.
Dr Karen Peebles (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) Building Bridges: using a physiological approach to help students understand the integrated nature of body systems to develop outstanding physiotherapy practice and research.
Dr Murray Taylor (Faculty of Business and Economics) Early Career Excellence in shaping immersive learning environments that support diverse cohorts and positively impact student, educator and institutional engagement.
Dr Kerry-Ann O’Sullivan and Dr Jennifer Barr (Faculty of Human Sciences) For supporting Initial Teacher Education students to prepare and enhance their literacy skills for professional accreditation through the innovative provision of self-directed online learning resources.

Program award

The Human Anatomy Program

A/Professor Goran Strkalj, A/Professor Richard Appleyard, Anneliese Hulme, Michael Rampe, Dr Mirjana Strkalj

This team has transformed anatomy into a vibrant, student-centred program for students in several different degree programs

Excel Skills for Business

Dr Yvonne Breyer, Nicole Bull, Phil Goody, Prashan Karunaratne, Tim Keighley, Nathan Sollars

In partnering with online learning platform Coursera, this team delivered a high-quality, transformative Excel education to a global community.

The course – which is available for free to Macquarie staff – has received rave reviews from more than 60,000 learners worldwide in its first year.

Teaching Excellence award

Dr Penny Van Bergen (Faculty of Human Sciences)

Dr Penny Van Bergen has 10 years’ experience teaching educational psychology to undergraduate education students. She is passionate about inspiring research engagement amongst large undergraduate cohorts and empowering her students as future ‘teacher scholars’. In her first year at Macquarie, she founded and convened the inaugural School of Education Summer Research Scholarship Scheme. This scheme is now in its 10th year and has seen the appointment of 44 undergraduate scholars, each working in partnership with academic research mentors. Penny has engaged over 2,500 students in authentic educational research projects, co-developed an acclaimed online research report-writing tool used by more than 4,000 students, and engaged regularly with the media about best-practice teaching and assessment in higher education.

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2017 VC's Award recipients

Citation award

Dr Matthew Bailey (Faculty of Arts)

Innovative flipped classroom curricula for diverse student cohorts enrolled across multiple, integrated modes of delivery

Dr Karen Pearlman and Dr Iqbal Barkat (Faculty of Arts)

Facilitating student engagement, collaboration, communication and employability in screen production through a blend of intensive, online, student-led activities and face-to-face learning and teaching
Jean-Christophe Froissard, Professor Deborah Richards, Amara Atif and Dr Danny Liu (Faculty of Arts) Innovative learning analytics solution that enhance the learning and teaching student experience
Dr LayPeng Tan (Faculty of Business and Economics) Excellence in designing and delivering innovative and connected curricula that transforms students and their learning journey
A/Professor Kerry Sherman, Dr Sue Ferguson, Dr Jessica Alcorso, Christopher Kilby, Michael Rampe and Michael Catabay (Faculty of Human Sciences) Providing an online, interactive and contextually-rich learning environment for undergraduates in the applied discipline of Health Psychology
Dr Kate Scrivener (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) Creating an authentic learning environment integrating evidence and professional experiences to enhance future physiotherapists’ management of individuals with complex neurological conditions
Dr Kira Westaway (Faculty of Science Engineering) Reigniting student curiosity for Earth science by creating effective learning environments that support different learning styles and positively impact the student experience

Program award

PACE International (Professional and Community Engagement) Strengthens student employability and professional capabilities, while enabling them to become active and thoughtful global citizens. It provides undergraduate students from any discipline the opportunity to contribute to the work of an international community development organisation.

Teaching Excellence award

Dr Jana Lay-Hwa Bowden (Faculty of Business and Economics) Dr Jana Bowden is a passionate educator, focused on a highly participative, collective coproduction of the educational journey, and a mutual partnership with learners in relation to unit content and evaluation.  
Prashan Shayanka Mendis Karunaratne (Faculty of Business and Economics) Prashan Karunaratne is an inspirational and innovative teacher of entry-level economics at Macquarie University. His enthusiasm for teaching economics, and passion for improving student outcomes, have inspired and engaged students for more than a decade. He nurtures students to develop a desire to engage in the field of economics, and is a firm believer that the learning journey benefits both teachers and students. Inspiring students to want to learn – by emphasising the ‘why’ of learning, and empowering students to navigate their own learning journey – by focusing on the ‘how’, creates valuable experiences in his classroom and beyond. This highlights the 'wow' moments that students will remember in years to come.  
Dr Verity Pacey (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) As an early career academic, Dr Verity Pacey has developed and delivered unique and innovative curriculum, including leading the design of the paediatric physiotherapy curriculum, within the Doctor of Physiotherapy program in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her teaching challenges students to extend their clinical reasoning skills and alter their clinical practice to provide a more holistic approach to individuals with rare and complex disorders. Verity takes her students outside their usual comfort zones by engaging in reflective and authentic clinical and research experiences that promote a deeper understanding of individuals with rare and complex conditions. And explores the idea that collectively, rare diseases are common
Dr Wayne Warburton (Faculty of Human Sciences) Dr Wayne Warburton’s teaching philosophy is informed by student feedback and his own undergraduate experiences. It embraces learning through reciprocal engagement, reflection, practical experience, critical and independent thinking, engaging students with Macquarie research, and assisting students to find their own passion and direction. Wayne’s enthusiasm, passion, clarity of communication, and ability to engage students and impart knowledge, have helped students find their own passion for psychology, learn in both a practical and theoretical sense, and make a positive social impact as psychology professionals.

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