Teaching excellence celebrated

7 Nov 2014

Outstanding teachers from the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to enhancing student learning at the inaugural Teaching and Learning Awards Presentation and Panel Discussion, held yesterday.

The group of dedicated and inspirational educators were acknowledged for their passion and commitment to quality teaching, and for enriching student experiences at The University of Queensland.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences’ Associate Dean (Academic) Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson said the awards were a wonderful opportunity to highlight the great work undertaken in the faculty.

"The quality of the applications was outstanding and really showcases the depth of talent that is across the Faculty,” Professor Roberts-Thomson said.

“As a new faculty, this is the first time we have run such an event and I am so impressed at the level of dedication and commitment of our teaching staff.”

“In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Tutor and Clinical Professional Practice Supervisors  award which recognises our new generation of up and coming teachers.

“This award highlights the importance the Faculty places on ensuring that staff, even those very early in their career, are recognised for their dedication to quality teaching.”

“I congratulate the success of our excellent educators."

The teaching staff received awards across three categories: Award for Teaching Excellence, Early Career Citation, and Tutors and Clinical Professional Practice Supervisors.

Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Ms Jacqueline Bond from the School of Pharmacy:
    Ms Bond has been widely recognised as an excellent pharmacy educator by both her students and colleagues. Her passion for experimenting with and evaluating innovative teaching and eLearning approaches over the last 12 years has led to curricular reform that engages students, inspires them to learn and prepares them for their future roles as ‘medicine experts’ in an evolving healthcare system.

Ms Bond said it is a great honour to be the first joint recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence in the new Faculty, one that has so many dedicated and talented teachers.

"I’m grateful to be part of a culture that values students and the contribution that excellent teaching makes to the UQ learner experience," Ms Bond said.

  • Dr Tina Skinner from the School of Human Movement Studies:
    Dr Skinner employs teaching strategies aimed at contextualising key theoretical concepts in exercise physiology through vocational education and skill mastery. Tina has a sustained history of teaching excellence and innovation in the field of exercise physiology across traditional and online learning settings at UQ.

 Early Career Citation

  • Dr Emma Beckman – School of Human Movement Studies:
    Citation topic: Putting the "Allied" back into health- incorporating inter-professional education as an essential graduate attribute for Clinic Exercise Physiology students.

  • Dr Michelle Smith – School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences:
    Citation topic: Creating a clinical learning environment to inspire learning and prepare students for musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice.

Tutors and Clinical or Professional Practice Supervisors

  • Ms Tamara Butler from the School of Psychology.

  • Mr Stephen La Macchia from the School of Psychology.

  • Mr Michael Thai from the School of Psychology.

A Commendation for Tutors and Clinical or Professional Practice Supervisors was also awarded to Mr Billy Sung from the School of Psychology.