Professor Michael Platow

Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for Teaching Excellence
ANU Distinguished Educator
Professor of Psychology
Associate Director (Science Education)

In a teaching career that has spanned more than 30 years and three countries, Professor Michael Platow has blazed a trail of excellence through his engaging and student-centred approach. As a lecturer in Social Psychology, Professor Platow opens his students' eyes to the concept of social identities, and views students as colleagues, co-producers of knowledge and the next generation of psychologists. He sees teaching as a craft that entails cycles of evaluation, innovation and enhancement and has worked hard throughout his career to perfect an approach that fosters deep learning and independent, critical thinking.

Professor Platow has received consistently positive undergraduate student feedback throughout his career, and is in high demand as a supervisor. Of the many students who have benefited from his teaching, several have gone on to prominent positions at leading educational institutions around the world.

Professor Platow's teaching excellence has been recognised on many levels, including an ANU Vice-Chancellor's Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence (2012), an ANU College of Science Award for Teaching Excellence (2011), a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2007), and an Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016.