Brilliance in teaching applauded

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching including the new Innovation in Teaching Awards were presented to outstanding teachers on Friday 15 February 2019.

An event at Alere celebrated some of Flinders highest achievers in teaching, with nine awards presented acknowledging excellence and innovation across all six Colleges.

In handing out the awards, Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling warmly congratulated the 2019 winners, looked on by an audience that included many past winners of the teaching awards.

Both Professor Stirling and event MC, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Clare Pollock, spoke about the crucial role of quality teachers, and how significantly they influence student achievements and their future impact in the world. Professor Stirling shared an inspiring story on some of his most influential university teachers and how they played a crucial role not only in learning, but also in his perceptions of science, subject decisions, and ultimately his career.

All winners received a certificate, with recipients of the Excellence in Teaching award receiving $5000, and Innovation in Teaching recipients taking home $2000 each.

Winners of the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching:

Dr Deb Agnew and Associate Professor Shane Pill, (above, with Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling), from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, for sport-based Work Integrated Learning (WIL) developing culturally aware global citizens.


Dr Karen Lower (above left), Medicine and Public Health, for her leadership in implementing Team Based Learning in the Medical Degree, advancing the outcomes of medical graduates including development of self-regulated learning and evidence-based application of science to complex clinical scenarios.

Dr Masha Smallhorn (above right), College of Science and Engineering, for innovation in delivery of core biology topics that promote engagement, support student transition, ignite a passion for learning and improve overall student learning outcomes.


Winners of the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching Awards:


Dr Russell Brewer (left) and Associate Professor David Bright (right), Business, Government and Law, for maximising student engagement with flexible topic delivery: A perspective from the Flinders University criminology program.


Dr Dylan Irvine (left), Science and Engineering, for using word clouds to highlight learning in the blended classroom.

Dr Rodrigo Praino (right), Business Government and Law, for designing, developing and delivering a topic that showcases international leadership in education innovation, successfully uses advanced learning technologies, and achieves high student satisfaction.


Dr Tom Young, Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, for his innovative and practical approach to teaching feature film and TV production in an honours program.


Liz McNeill, Nursing and Health Sciences, for serious playing, fun learning with lego (midwifery program.)

Dr Matt Hawkins, Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, for New Voices: a series of theatrical performances, written and directed by Screen and Media students to test out film and television ideas before a real audience.

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