Recognising Educator Excellence - Gwen Lawrie wins 2013 Award
Pearson Australia is pleased to announce that the winner of the Pearson RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award is Dr Gwen Lawrie of The University of Queensland. Gwen was presented with the award at the RACI dinner and awards ceremony in Melbourne in November 2013. Gwen's prize included $3500 and a commemorative trophy.
The RACI judging panel provided the following statement:
“At the core of Dr. Lawrie’s teaching philosophy are the belief in, and a respect for, the ability of individual students to achieve their educational goals, at whatever level they strive to achieve those goals. She has an excellent rapport with the students and this is reflected in her student and course (SECAT) scores and comments from the students. Dr. Lawrie encourages students to embrace their education and to be self-aware and self-motivated.”
“Dr Lawrie has many components of her approach to teaching. All of them have the goal of inspiring students to develop their understanding of the topic at hand, to see the bigger picture in the area and to become self-motivated and self-directed learners. These approaches include, but are not limited to, the introduction of significant group tasks such as an ALTC funded project of which she was one of the principal investigators and main driving force.”
“In 2012 Dr Lawrie was a recipient of a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award. Annually a small number of these prestigious awards are given to exemplary teachers across all Faculties and Schools of the University. The award recognises sustained teaching excellence and significant contributions to student learning.”
“Dr Gwen Lawrie has an excellent, and sustained, track record as a University educator and teacher. Not only is she an excellent teacher, she provides academic leadership in educational thinking and is a motivating force in the broader University of Queensland education scene.”
Each year nominations are accepted from university staff of all levels, whose primary activity is teaching in undergraduate or postgraduate chemistry courses. The Pearson RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award is judged by a panel assembled by RACI.
The award, aimed to encourage and recognise innovative teaching practices in Chemistry Education, recognises outstanding contributions to teaching in terms of:
* Interest and enthusiasm for teaching
* Promoting student learning
* Imaginative presentation of course material
* Command of the subject matter
* Participation in professional activities and research relating to teaching
Pearson would like to congratulate Gwen and thank all those who participated in the 2013 award. We would also like to thank the judges for their time and effort given in selecting the winner.
- 2012 Dr Peter Rutledge, The University of Sydney
- 2011 Dr Mark Ellison, ANU
- 2010 Dr Siegbert Schmid, The University of Sydney
- 2009 Dr Ian Jamie, Macquarie University
- 2008 Dr Greg Dicinoski, The University of Tasmania
- 2007 Dr Magdalena Wajrak, Edith Cowan University
Information regarding the 2014 award will be posted on this page as soon as it available. For enquiries please contact:
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