Past award winners

2016 Awards

Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Dr Bert De Groef, Dr Sylvia Grommen and Dr Peter Sale
    For development of a flipped 1st year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to different student cohorts.

La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Belinda Abbott, Dr Peter Barnard, Dr Jason Dutton, Ms Mandeep Kaur, and Dr Evan Robertson
    For transforming the laboratory experience for third year students.
  • Dr Bert De Groef, Dr Sylvia Grommen and Dr Peter Sale
    For development of a flipped 1st year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to different student cohorts.
  • Dr Eric Pardede
    For developing innovative learning activities and assessments that engage student learning in an entrepreneurship subject for a large cohort of IT students.
  • Dr Rebecca Waese
    For developing effective, dynamic and engaging approaches to collaborative and independent learningand creating a sense of cohort in a large first-year class

AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Rhiannon Evans and Ms Sarah Midford
    For revitalising the study of ancient Rome by engaging and enthusing diverse student cohorts to explore the contemporary value of antiquity utilising accessible, digital and learner-centred resources.
  • Dr Sue Gillett
    For implementing a regional, industry-partnership curriculum that embeds arts and communication subjects into festivals and exhibitions, providing students with experiential learning and developing work-ready employability.
  • Dr Suzane Vassallo
    For transforming Orthoptic students' learning of optics through curriculum redesign grounded in Enquiry Based Learning and supported via authentic contemporary case studies and innovative multimedia.

2015 Awards

Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Dr Suzane Vassallo
    For sustained commitment to innovation in the teaching of Orthoptics using peer assessment and case studies, resulting in outstanding improvements in indicators of student success and retention.

La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Mr Brendon Munge
    For excellence in designing and facilitating student-centred learning pedagogies that overcome barriers to engagement, access and achievement in an undergraduate outdoor education program.
  • Dr Deborah Jackson
    For excellence in the development, teaching and leadership of the College-wide Maths Skills Program, which provides mathematics support for students.
  • Dr Sarah Yang Spencer and Dr Nicholas Pawsey
    For implementing a student‐centred approach to engaging cost accounting students and integrating graduate capability assessment into the classroom.
  • Dr Sue Gillett
    For the development and implementation of an innovative creative industries partnership model of curriculum, embedding multidisciplinary arts subjects into unique cultural events in regional cities.
  • Dr Suzane Vassallo
    For transforming Orthoptic students' learning of optics through curriculum design grounded in Enquiry Based Learning and supported via authentic contemporary case studies and innovative multimedia.
  • Dr Terri Meehan-Andrews
    Positive effect of student response systems and course specific case studies for teaching a 'common' Pathophysiology subject.
  • Ms Diane Hughes, Ms Anita Zacharias, Mr Brett Allender and Assoc. Prof. Rodney Green
    Innovative subject design in human Anatomy that provides flexible access to quality blended learning experiences and expanded degree offerings across multiple regional campuses.

OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Felicity Blackstock
    For pioneering the integration of simulation based learning in physiotherapy education at a national level which motivates, inspires and enriches students' development of professional skills.
  • Dr Brianna Julien & Dr Louise Lexis
    For developing a scaffolded capstone curriculum that supports physiology students to become scientists by using academic advisors, self-paced learning and authentic assessments in new ways.

2014 awards

Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Dr Ralph Newmark
    For facilitating experiential active learning through music and food to motivate students and enhance deeper understandings of issues and challenges in Latin American history.

La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Regina Belski
    For creating an engaging, practice-oriented learning environment in nutrition and dietetics which inspires students to become self-reflective, independent, life-long learners.
  • Dr John Bevacqua
    For engaging non-law students studying law subjects through developing imaginative online learning resources that motivate them to learn more and perform better.
  • Dr Mary Debrett & Dr Susan Lawler
    For development of a unique, media-rich cross-disciplinary approach to online teaching, facilitating flexible, engaged, independent learning, as exemplified in the subject, Science in the Media.
  • Ms Nicole El Haber, Mr Greg Jamieson, Ms Swati Nagpal & Ms Elaine Plant
    For the development and delivery of an innovative, multi-campus, first year subject using blended-learning technologies and resulting in high levels of student engagement and success.
  • Dr Brianna Julien & Dr Louise Lexis
    The creation of an innovative capstone program in advanced human physiology that promotes discipline-specific research skills, team work skills, and scientific communication skills.
  • Dr Carol McKinstry
    For establishing community engagement opportunities for occupational therapy students that develop graduate capabilities through working with secondary students from a refugee background.
  • Dr Rhiannon Evans & Ms Sarah Midford
    For developing a high-quality student-directed learning experience in ancient world studies incorporating innovative resources and assessment as well as cutting-edge m-learning tools.
  • Dr Andrew Hahne, Ms Sally Sheppard & Dr Felicity Blackstock
    For instituting a simulated professional conference aimed at enhancing independent learning and knowledge exchange among final-year physiotherapy students.
  • Dr Louise Ward & Ms Sinead Barry
    For developing stARTalking, an innovative, effective program that enhances communication skills for undergraduate nursing students.

OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Regina Belski
    For creating an engaging, practice-oriented learning environment in nutrition and dietetics which inspires students to become self-reflective, independent, life-long learners.
  • La Trobe Learning & Research Services Team, Ms Fiona Salisbury, Ms Jenny Corbin, Ms Heather Hulett, Ms Sharon Karasmanis and Ms Tracy Robertson
    For transforming undergraduate information literacy education through development of a coherent learning and teaching model that is adaptable and responsive to curriculum design across disciplines.
  • Dr Bret Stephenson
    For improving student engagement in the first-year through the development, design and delivery of the highly innovative and effective First Year Seminar.
  • Dr Alistair Stewart
    For innovative approaches to development of place-responsive pedagogy and curricula in the field of outdoor and environmental education.

2013 Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Ms Sarah Barradell
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences

La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

  • Mrs Joy Spark, School of Pharmacy and Applied Science, School of Molecular Sciences, FSTE
    For establishing a high quality experiential placement program within the Bachelor of Pharmacy course.
  • Dr Tracy Fortune, School of Allied Health, Department of Occupational Therapy, FHS
    For developing an engaging, student-directed, project-based learning program that enables occupational therapy students to practise capabilities critical to influencing change in the broader health system.
  • Ms Felicity Blackstock, School of Allied Health, Department of Physiotherapy, FHS
    For the development of an innovative, pre-clinical curriculum using simulated patients to engage students in experiential development of professional skills in a supportive learning environment.
  • Dr Anthony Kerr, Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe Business School, FBEL
    For the development of innovative, student-centred and active learning curricula that engage, challenge and inspire students to solve 'real-world' problems as preparation for rewarding careers.
  • Dr Liam Lenten, School of Economics, Centre for Sport and Social Impact, FBEL
    For innovative techniques to terminate tedious teaching: promoting the teaching-research nexus and appealing to student curiosity through popular media.
  • Dr Emma Sherry, Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe Business School, FBEL
    For using innovative and reflective assessment to engage students in a stimulating real-life learning environment in the study of sport development theory and practice.
  • Dr Bret Stephenson, First Year Coordinator, FHUSS
    Excellence in leadership towards the development of a first year seminar subject, that contributes to student transition and retention, through the embedding of student-centred learning.
  • Dr Christopher Scanlon and Associate Professor Lawrie Zion, Department of Journalism and Strategic Communications, School of Social Sciences, FHUSS
    For the development of an authentic learning environment in the discipline of journalism through the website upstart (www.upstart.net.au) and its integration into our curriculum.
  • Ms Fiona Salisbury, Ms Sharon Karasmanis, Ms Jenny Corbin, Ms Tracey Robertson and Ms Heather Hulett, Library Learning and Research Services Team
    For transforming undergraduate information literacy learning through sustained scholarship and the creation of flexible online learning objects.

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

  • Sarah Barradell: For the development of physiotherapy curricula and resources that facilitate disciplinary ways of thinking and practising.
  • Tracy Fortune: For developing an engaging project-based learning program that enables occupational therapy students to practise capabilities critical to influencing change in the health system.
  • David Wilson, Evan Robertson, Carmel Abrahams, Ian Potter, Adam Mechler: For guiding students to deeper learning through inspirational teaching and the design of an integrated learning program focused on conceptual understanding of chemistry.
  • Lawrie Zion and Christopher Scanlon: For the development of an authentic learning environment in the discipline of journalism through the website upstart and its integration into the curriculum.

2012 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Dr Clare D'Souza
    For developing innovative curricula in marketing to ensure effectiveness in teaching and integrating sustainable learning opportunities resulting in students being better equipped to become independent learners.
  • Dr Jan Libich
    For helping students discover, and quench, their thirst for knowledge.
  • Dr Ralph Newmark
    For facilitating experiential active learning through music and food to motivate students and enhance deeper understandings of issues and challenges in Latin American history.

2011 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Mr Paul Emery
    For the development of innovative and engaging student-centred teaching through enthusiastic delivery, support and the use of authentic problem-based activities in sport management.
  • Dr Wayne Geerling
    For inspiring undergraduate and postgraduate students to engage with self and peer learning, and real world experiences using active learning techniques in Economics.
  • Dr Brian Grills and Mr Robert Paine
    For motivating Allied Health, Health Science and Science and Technology students towards a deeper understanding of Pathophysiology at La Trobe University over a sustained period
  • Mr Greg Jamieson
    For developing professionally accredited programs, work-integrated-learning and graduate attributes which enhance student learning and better prepare graduates for employment in the finance industry.
  • Dr Lynne Leveson
    For sustained contribution to scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate Business education.

2010 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Associate Professor Ishaq Bhatti
    For the innovative development of Australia's first ever Islamic Banking and Finance course designed according to Shariah laws and ethical values to enhance student learning
  • Ms Tania Blanksby and the First Year Biology Learning and Teaching Group
    For a 'community of practice' leadership approach to curriculum redesign, leading to an enhanced first year learning experience in biology
  • Professor Richard Broome
    For sustained teaching excellence in tertiary history based on high quality research and leadership in disseminating and communicating leading research through secondary educational history resources

2009 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Associate Professor Alberto Gomes
    For over twenty years of sustained excellence in teaching anthropology to large undergraduate classes and inspiring and motivating students to engage in social activism.
  • Mr John McDonald
    For enhancing graduate outcomes and self worth through the provision of the In2science Peer Mentoring Program, adding value to science student's tertiary experience
  • Dr Svetlana Petelina
    For innovative cognitive-based curriculum design and teaching approach in Physics for Life Sciences.

2008 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • La Trobe Bendigo Electron Microscopy Team
    For the team delivery and resourcing of an innovative third year science unit with a focus on the transition to the work force
  • Dr Adrian Jones
    For responsive and inclusive history tutorials that fuel debate, enlarge student choices, elicit frequent feedback, and enable students to peer-tutor essay drafts
  • Dr Fiona Bird
    For engaging students in an exciting, well-structured learning environment and motivating them towards a deeper understanding of biology by modelling scientific enquiry
  • Dr Susan Lawler
    For creating engaging and inspiring learning experiences for students at a regional campus which harness their natural curiosity in genetics, evolution and conservation
  • Dr Tom Fisher
    For introducing academic programs in the field of conflict resolution that inspire students through innovative and engaging experiential teaching together with unceasing enthusiasm, curiosity and rigour

2007 Awards

OLT National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Associate Professor Grant Cairns
    For fostering mathematics students' development and encouraging their active engagement in mathematics, through high-level reading groups, seminars, enquiry driven research projects and joint publication
  • Dr John Farhall
    For developing opportunities for postgraduate psychology students to learn about and research severe mental illness in order to better integrate academic study and professional practice
  • Associate Professor Glynda Kinsella
    For sustaining my commitment to developing innovative professional programs in clinical neuropsychology to enable students to become skilled and effective in meeting community needs.