Teaching award winners announced

Published 10 July 2009

Leading Southern Cross University teaching staff will be honoured next month when they receive prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citations at a ceremony in Sydney.

The award winners are Professor Peter Harrison (Environmental Science and Management), Dr Kath Fisher (Graduate Research College), Mr Murray Cullen (Environmental Science and Management), Ms Thea van de Mortel (Health and Human Sciences) and a team entry comprising Associate Professor Baden Offord, Dr Shelagh Morgan, Dr Rob Garbutt and Mr Soenke Biermann (Arts and Social Sciences).

Award recipients receive $10,000 from the approximately $2 million which will be presented to 206 University-based individuals and teams across the nation as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to quality learning and teaching.

Professor Bill MacGillivray, Southern Cross University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said the awards were extremely competitive and recognised the tremendous effort made by staff to enhance the student experience.

He said citations were awarded to academic and professional staff who had made long-standing contributions to the quality of student learning and to improving the overall student experience.

“These national awards are evidence of our strong commitment to providing quality outcomes for all of our students,” he said. “I am delighted that our University continues to receive such important recognition in this way.”

Professor Richard Johnstone, ALTC executive director, said the citations revealed the tremendous commitment in the higher education sector to improving the student experience.

“The quality and quantity of applications received represent the incredible effort made by university staff Australia-wide to contribute to a positive learning experience for every student,” Professor Johnstone said.

“Recipients are drawn from a broad range of disciplines and can be found working throughout the institutions as citations recognise the work of everyone with a role in enhancing student learning.”

The citation ceremony will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, August 11 at the NSW Art Gallery, Sydney.


Media contact: Zoe Satherley Southern Cross University media officer, 6620 3144, 0439 132 095.