ANU academics among Australia’s best teachers

13 September 2016

Three ANU academics have been recognised among Australia's best teachers, winning Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Dr Alexandra Webb from the ANU Medical School, Jeremy Smith from the ANU Research School of Engineering, and Dr Joanne Wallis from the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre were awarded Citations with a prize value of $10,000 each.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt congratulated the recipients for their national recognition.

"Great teaching is at the heart of ANU, and it is fantastic to see national recognition for some of our outstanding teachers who go the extra mile to engage and inspire their students," Professor Schmidt said.

"On behalf of the University, I'd like to congratulate Joanne, Jeremy and Alexandra on this award and thank them for their hard work which highlights the quality of teachers at ANU," he said.

Mr Smith was awarded for leadership in the field of engineering through the development of a student humanitarian engineering pathway at ANU.

"This is great recognition for everyone who has been involved with bringing this pathway together, from Engineers Without Borders and our other community partners, the alumni who continue to provide projects and mentoring, and our guests who give workshops and suggestions," he said.

"A particular thank you to all the students who have been partners through this. It has been great to have so much support and interest. It really highlights the impact humanitarian engineering is having on engineering and education more broadly."

Dr Wallis was awarded a Citation in the Early Career category for innovative and interactive approaches to security education that provide students with an enriching experience to prepare them for a competitive workforce.

"I am very proud to receive recognition for my efforts to prepare my students both for future study or work," Dr Wallis said.

"Recognising how competitive the job market is, I have developed approaches to teaching that put my students' skills into practice in real world settings and help them develop transferrable skills.

"My innovative and interactive teaching has been possible because I have had such excellent, enthusiastic and engaged students in the International Security program. I have also had fantastic support from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre."

Dr Webb was recognised for developing and implementing an integrated medical imaging curriculum that engages medical students in active learning through the use of technology and authentic learning.

"I love my job and am very passionate about creating educational environments to engage students in learning about anatomy and anatomical imaging," she said.

"Incredible advances in technology have enabled us to view the body in new ways that further enhance the fascination associated with learning about the body. I enjoy incorporating these new technologies into my teaching, together with the study of anatomical specimens, to create active and blended learning environments."