Six Charles Darwin University (CDU) staff members have been recognised at this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, which was held as part of CDU’s Learning and Teaching Week at the Casuarina campus.
The awards celebrated educators and professional staff for their diligence and dedication, acknowledging their commitment to student engagement, outcomes and success at CDU.
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the event showcased the high quality of teaching at the University, as well as opened pathways to national awards and recognition in higher education.
“It is spectacular to see the outstanding teaching accomplishments and educational leadership of so many CDU staff,” Professor Bowman said.
“Congratulations to all who received an award, but I also commend those who applied – we are proud to have such a diverse range of teaching skills here at CDU.”
Recipients of the awards in teaching excellence include Dr Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad in early career teaching, Dr Carol Keane in teaching support, Dr Cat Kutay in higher education, Ms Debra Street and Ms Julia Braddon in VET, Dr Tracy Woodroffe in First Nations teaching, and Mr Raul David in highly commended higher education teaching.
Running from October 3-7, Learning and Teaching week aimed to promote the learning and teaching skills and approaches that are unique to CDU.
During the week, CDU teachers connected with each other to share research, reflect on good teaching practices and discuss ways to make assessment more practical, relevant and employable.
Director Learning Futures and Lead Education Architect, Professor Michael Sankey said the week’s theme of educational innovation, courage and integrity was integrated into many engaging presentations from academics and professionals.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to hold learning and teaching week on campus, but it’s great to welcome staff back for an event of inspiration and collaboration,” Professor Sankey said.
“We’ve had so many interesting conversations and debates about the best practices for learning, teaching and ensuring authentic assessment across the university.”