UWS educators rewarded for excellence in teaching

Date: 25/11/2009

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) have recognised the outstanding teaching skills of two staff members from the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Glenn Pearce from the School of Marketing and Associate Professor Pauline Ross from the College of Health and Science at UWS were announced as winners of the 2009 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The awards, valued at $25,000 each, celebrate teachers who are known for excellence; have outstanding presentation skills; and have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Dr Glenn Pearce was awarded in the category of Law, Economics and Business Related Studies for his use of educational drama, including puppetry, to facilitate student learning.

"It was an honour being nominated by UWS for an ALTC award, but to win is something else and I am delighted," says Dr Pearce.

"Teaching is a university's core business and recognition of our people at the national level sends a message to the world that UWS can match it with the best of them."

Associate Professor Pauline Ross was awarded in the category of Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies.

"My aim is to offer a richer, innovative vision for learning in biology," says Associate Professor Ross.

"Imagination and creativity will have economic consequences and the future is one we cannot possibly imagine, except that Australia will need graduates who are innovative creative problem solvers and scientifically passionate."

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council promotes excellence in higher education by recognising, rewarding and supporting outstanding teaching and learning practice.

For more information, visit: http://www.altc.edu.au/



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