UQ teachers reap national recognition
Two University of Queensland lecturers and one teaching program have been named among the country’s best at the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching in Canberra recently.
Dr Janette McWilliam and Dr Susan Rowland won awards for Teaching Excellence, and the UQ Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) program led by Professor Polly Parker won an award for Programs that Enhance Learning.
The awards, designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning, were announced by Senator the Hon Ryan Scott on behalf of the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education.
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj congratulated the winners on their dedication to enhancing the student experience.
“The number-one thing we do at UQ is to support talented and dedicated people with initiative,” Professor Høj said.
“Our excellent teachers inspire our students to reach their full potential.
“Our alumni have benefited from the gift of knowledge from one or a number of teachers or supervisors, and our teachers have inspired many to share their gifts with others.
“We are proud of our excellent teachers and programs who have received these national awards.
“They will have an enduring impact on our students long after their graduation.”
University of Queensland Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said great teachers were intrinsic to the UQ Advantage.
“Janette, Susan and the MBA teaching team are excellent examples of UQ’s philosophy when it comes to teaching – ensuring students remain at the heart of what we do,” Professor Wright said.