University of Otago Japanese programme teaching fellow Haruko Stuart (45) holds the lecturer of the year award in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Japanese programme teaching fellow Haruko Stuart was
''thrilled'' to be voted 2013 lecturer of the year by
University of Otago students.
Otago University Students' Association president Francisco
Hernandez said the awards gave students the opportunity to
provide positive feedback and students nominated more than
Ms Stuart said she had worked at the university for 11 years
and had been nominated for the award five times. She was
''excited and thrilled'' to win the top award, she said,
which was presented in the University of Otago Commerce
Building staffroom yesterday.
''I'm doing what I have a passion for and the students really
The other top 10 finalists for the award were Dr Kristin
Hillman (psychology); Tony Zaharic (biochemistry); Dr Tony
Schneiders (physiotherapy); David Bishop (marketing); Prof
Steve Jackson (physical education, sport and exercise
sciences); Dr Jackie Hunter (psychology); Associate Prof
Peter Whigham (information science); Andrew Wallace (applied
sciences); and Jessica Palmer (law).
Students also voted in the inclusive award section, which had
three award recipients - College of Education senior lecturer
Dr Gill Rutherford; biochemistry lecturer Tony Zaharic and
School of Physiotherapy Associate Prof Leigh Hale.
The university's Disability Information and Support also
recognised staff and students at its Appreciation Awards
The recipients were Phillip Kelly, Ben Varkalis, Carol
Clarke, Brian Johnston, Reece Pomeroy, Natalie Smith,
Charlotte Dunn, Bumbekile Ncube, Emma Beeby, Daniel Copeland,
Chris Arnison, Tim Bright, Nicola Cummins, Carol Milnes, Suzy
Keene, Kerri Fraser, Dale Carey, Aidin Jalilzadeh, David
Richardson and John Cornfoot.