Message from the Vice Chancellor

Professor Tyrone Carlin

Presenting our 2021 Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

It is very important to me that we reflect on and recognise outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at Southern Cross– especially in light of the extraordinary challenges that have arisen this year.

These Awards celebrate our academics’ commitment, achievement and contribution to an exceptional student learning experience. These colleagues, as you will see below, have made a genuine and very positive impact on the University.

They are, in every way, outstanding and inspiring educators.

Professor Tyrone Carlin

Our teachers

Southern Cross University teachers are committed to an inspiring student experience. Our teachers make a big impact on students, fostering their yearning for knowing more and a focus on learning for life. They are curriculum innovators, educators and scholars of teaching. 2021 has been a most challenging year, but our teachers continue to inspire and support students.

Outstanding Teaching Awards - 2021

The Outstanding Teaching Excellence Awards are presented to current staff members from each Faculty and College who are recognised in the top 5% of teachers based on student feedback. These outstanding teachers have received consistently high student feedback across the previous 12 months.

Outstanding Award Recipients
Stuart Barlo
Associate Professor Stuart Barlo

Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Assoc. Professor and Dean

Patrick Bruck
Patrick Bruck

Faculty of Education
Associate Lecturer

Shaun Coleman
Shaun Coleman

Faculty of Health
Lecturer

Symon Dworjanyn
Professor Symon Dworjanyn

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Professor

Warwick Fisher
Warwick Fisher

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Lecturer

Liz Goode
Dr Liz Goode

SCU College
Lecturer

Brendan Kelaher
Professor Brendan Kelaher

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Professor

Sharen Nisbet
Dr Sharen Nisbet

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Lecturer

Dylan Poulus
Dr Dylan Poulus

Faculty of Health
Lecturer

John Whitting
Dr John Whitting

Faculty of Health
Senior Lecturer

Lachlan Yee
Dr Lachlan Yee

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Senior Lecturer

Inspiring Educators - 2021

Nominated by the University’s Deans, these select awards of recognition go to our colleagues who stand out and inspire others at Southern Cross for the quality and impact of their teaching.

Inspiring Educators Award Recipients
Jessica Browne
Dr Jessica Browne

Faculty of Health
Lecturer

Jessica Browne’s student satisfaction results are exceptional. Jess does outstanding work as Curriculum Lead for the Biomedical program, driving collaboration with the Faculty of Science and Engineering on increased shared learning in the Southern Cross Model.

Jennifer Harrison
Dr Jennifer Harrison

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Senior Lecturer

Jennifer Harrison demonstrates outstanding commitment to student learning in quantitative and finance subjects. Students sometimes exhibit hesitancy, and even anxiety, when it comes to these fields of study, but through Jennifer’s expert guidance and support they go on to achieve positive outcomes.

Neil McRudden
Neil McRudden

SCU College
Associate Lecturer

Neil McRudden teaches across College programs and into the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise, using an innovative and creative approach to consistently motivate and inspire students from a wide range of backgrounds to actively engage with their learning and achieve quality learning outcomes.

Stephen Purcell
Associate Professor Steven Purcell

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Associate Professor

Steven Purcell has embraced the Southern Cross Model, with a renewed focus in the Faculty on a “systems” approach. Based at the National Marine Science Centre, Steve has led major reforms to core, statistics units to improve fundamental skills and student understanding. He troubleshoots problems, sharing solutions with colleagues to improve efficiency and rigour for online teaching.

Brad Shipway
Dr Brad Shipway

Faculty of Education
Lecturer

Brad Shipway is an inspiring academic in the teaching and learning of ‘Human Society and its Environment’ (HSIE). Brad consistently receives high student feedback, with students describing him as an exemplary educator in HSIE teacher education.

Monica Seini
Dr Monica Seini

Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Lecturer

Monica Seini has delivered inspiring teaching in Gnibi subjects, consistently achieving strong feedback scores.  In 2021, Monica led and taught in a number of units for the first time, delivering those at a high level while also maintaining a full supervision load in the Honours, Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies and PhD spaces.

Helen Walsh
Helen Walsh

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Lecturer

Helen Walsh is an inspiring first-year educator and scholar, motivating and enriching our commencing cohort with deep understandings of the law. Helen builds foundational skills in legal writing and analysis that equip students with the confidence to embrace later studies.

Louise Whitaker
Dr Louise Whitaker

Faculty of Health
Senior Lecturer

Louise Whitaker has shown inspiring leadership in transitioning social work courses and residentials online during COVID. Louise is leading curriculum development and innovation towards the new Southern Cross Model, and award-winning scholarship on teaching mental health social work and critical reflective practice.

 

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