Following yesterday’s state-topping performance in the Good Universities Guide, Bond University’s quality teaching and learning practices have again been recognised by an independent body, this time, by the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC- formerly the Carrick Institute).
Eleven Bond academics were last night awarded a total of five Citations, each valued at $10,000, for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at an ALTC Awards Ceremony in Brisbane.
ALTC Executive Director, Professor Richard Johnstone, congratulated the recipients on their long-standing contribution to the quality of student learning and said this year’s recipients were representative of the diverse range of activity taking place across the higher education sector.
The Citations are part of a program of national awards designed to recognise and reward teaching excellence in the higher education sector and are granted to people who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.
Vice-Chancellor of Bond University Professor Robert Stable said the receipt of five citations was testament to the University’s commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching practice and research supervision.
“These citations mark another outstanding achievement for the university and our world-class academic staff, who are among the most highly qualified in the country,” he said.
“To be recognised with five Citations is disproportionate to our small size, and we have again proved ourselves to be at the forefront of providing a quality educational experience for Australian and international students.
“At Bond, we pride ourselves on providing a superior quality education, and to have our contribution recognised several times in a highly competitive field is a fantastic result.
“The applications from our staff this year were truly of exceptional quality and indicative of the very exciting work being done in both teaching and research here at Bond University.
“I congratulate our award winners and thank them for their ongoing commitment to the University and our students,” Professor Stable said.
The Citation recipients for Bond University in 2008 are:
* BioSmart Team: Dr Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Professor Russ Chess Williams, Dr Kevin Ashton, Dr Peter Johnson, Mr Greg Dux and Mr John Leggett
For the implementation of the BioSmart (Scientific Methods for Analytical and Reasoning Skills and Critical Thinking) Program to enhance graduate outcomes in biomedical sciences
* Mr Baden U'Ren
For significant contribution to student engagement and learning in the entrepreneurial finance domain through practical application of theoretical concepts in both curricular and extracurricular forums
* Dr Mary Power
For empowerment of students through facilitation of experiential learning experiences and empowerment of university teachers through mentoring and sharing of skills in teaching and evaluation
* Dr Stuart Murray
For in-class diplomacy simulations which expose students to the art of negotiation and aim to embed critical, innovative and imaginative solutions to diverse conflict resolution.
* Professor Cynthia Fisher and Professor James (Ben) Shaw
For the development and sustained implementation of an action learning/consulting project for building analytical and applied skills in the introductory human resource management subject.