Distinguished educators

The title of ANU Distinguished Educator is awarded to the University's most outstanding leaders in teaching and learning, in recognition of their eminence and sustained exceptional performance. ANU Distinguished Educators are appointed as members of the ANU Institute of Innovation in Higher Education with the purpose of helping to lead, at a strategic level, innovation in education within the University.

2017 recipients

Professor Paul Francis  »

Paul is an astrophysicist, who focussed his research on galaxies and black holes in the early universe, before catching a bad case of the teaching bug. Since then, he has focussed on teaching large classes, both in-person and online. He is infamous amongst his students for talking much too fast in an incomprehensible pommie accent, and for his dubious taste in waistcoats. He has been involved in...

Dr Catherine Frieman  »

Catherine Frieman is a senior lecturer in European archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her primary research interests include innovation and conservatism, and she is a material culture and technology specialist with a particular specialism in stone tools. She has ongoing fieldwork in the UK, is Lead CI of an ARC Discovery project looking into human mobility and the...

Associate Professor Carol Hayes  »

Associate Professor Carol Hayes is an innovation leader and early adopter in developing and supporting flexible and online learning within Asian Studies at the ANU, pushing boundaries in technical innovation to make language learning more exciting and student oriented. With a BA Hons (1986) and PhD (1996) in Japanese Literature from the University of Sydney, A/Prof Hayes has lived, studied and...

Professor Michael Martin  »

Michael Martin is Professor of Statistics in the School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics at the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland (1986) and a PhD in Statistics from the ANU (1989). He was Assistant Professor in Statistics at Stanford University, USA, from 1989 to 1994 and Annenberg Distinguished Assistant...

Dr John Minns  »

Dr John Minns is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the ANU Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the President of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia. Dr Minns is a former Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the President of the Association of Iberian and...

Professor Michael Platow  »

Michael Platow is a professor of psychology at the Australian National University. He has published widely on the social-psychology of leadership and social influence; justice, fairness, and trust; intergroup relations, including prejudice and discrimination; and education. He has received over one million dollars in research money from the Australian Research Council to study many of these...

Associate Professor Asmi Wood  »

Asmi Wood's current research and publications include areas such as Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous people in Australia and Indigenous Participation in Higher Education. His PhD was in the area of International Criminal Law/ Humanitarian law and examined the legality or otherwise of the use of force by non-state actors under international law and in cases, domestic Australian law. The...