UWS academic awarded top teaching prize

Date: 13/12/2002

Penrith lecturer, Dr Fred Osman, has been singled out as an outstanding educator by the NSW Minister for Education and Training, John Watkins, during a recent ceremony at Government House.

Dr Osman from the University of Western Sydney was one of 37 teachers from government and non-government schools, TAFEs and universities in NSW who won the second annual Minister for Education and Training and Australian College of Educators Quality Teachers Award.

The top-notch teachers were selected for their 'intellect, compassion and inspiring approach to teaching'.

Dr Osman teaches a variety of mathematics, calculus and statistics subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the UWS. He is a member of the University's School of Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Sciences.

He said he is honoured to receive this recognition.

"It is a great sense of achievement for me personally and I feel very proud to have won the award representing the University of Western Sydney," he says.

"I love teaching and enjoy providing a flexible learning environment which meets the needs of a very diverse student body.

"I try to make sure students learn through an education of discovery by using a mix of teaching methods and resources such as assessment, placement, monitoring students progress, strategy instruction, corrective mathematics, technology and computer aids," Dr Osman says.

The judges also noted Dr Osman's strong commitment to disadvantaged students and the way he uses student feedback to enhance his teaching and works tirelessly to promote the University.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, has congratulated Dr Osman on his great achievement.

"UWS is fortunate to have dedicated and talented staff like Dr Osman who contribute to the success of our University," Professor Reid says.

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