Students acknowledge best teaching staff

Celebrating at the Otago University Students' Association teaching excellence awards in Dunedin last night are (from left) premier lecturer award winner Dr John Guthrie, disability awareness and inclusive teaching award co-winner Dr Gill Rutherford and hu
Celebrating at the Otago University Students' Association teaching excellence awards in Dunedin last night are (from left) premier lecturer award winner Dr John Guthrie, disability awareness and inclusive teaching award co-winner Dr Gill Rutherford and humanities division premier lecturer Prof Mark Henaghan. Photo: Gregor Richardson
University of Otago students got an opportunity to show their appreciation for the quality of education they receive from their favourite lecturers, during the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) teaching excellence awards in Dunedin last night.

Every year, OUSA asks students to nominate the teachers who are particularly engaging and inspiring.

Awards organiser and OUSA student support manager Sage Burke said the awards were an opportunity to not only acknowledge the contribution that lecturers make to the academic endeavours and future careers of their students, but also to encourage best practice among teaching staff.

''Each year we seek feedback from the students of the University of Otago to determine who in our academic community represents the very best teachers in their field.

''This year we made a change to the system so that teachers across a spread of academic disciplines were considered and recognised, to aid in celebrating our academic staff right across the entire university.

''This year we had over 900 votes - a staggering climb from last year's engagement by students.''

This year, the top University of Otago premier lecturer award went to Dr John Guthrie.

Category winners

Premier lecturer (commerce) Nicola Beaston; top tutor (commerce) Dr David Bishop; premier lecturer (humanities) Prof Mark Henaghan; top tutor (humanities) Dr Steven Sexton; premier lecturer (health sciences) Dr Shyamal Das; top tutor (health sciences) Paul Pearce; premier lecturer (sciences) Dr Rachel Zajac; top tutor (sciences) Dr Brad Hurren; Summer School excellence in teaching: Dr David McMorran; disability awareness and inclusive teaching: Dr Gill Rutherford and Dr Gareth Treharne.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz


 

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