Staff cited for outstanding contribution (Issue 20, 2012)

Teaching awardsAcademic staff from La Trobe University’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law have been recognised for enriching student learning with prestigious Citation Awards from the Australian Federal Government. 

The Federal Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), which is part of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, has recently announced the winners of this year’s national teaching awards. 

La Trobe University has been awarded three Teaching Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Of those three, two are from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law – Dr Clare D'Souza, senior lecturer of La Trobe Business School's Department of Marketing and Tourism and Hospitality, and Dr Jan Libich, senior lecturer of the School of Economics.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced the winners who were recognised for developing innovative programs including new teaching models, to improve student experiences and learning. 

‘These Citation Awards reaffirm the crucial role teachers and staff play delivering quality education and improving the student learning experience in Australian universities,’ says Senator Evans.

‘A university education is about more than text books and exams – these initiatives will improve the overall learning experience, which is necessary for students to participate successfully in higher education,’ adds Senator Evans. 

Dr Clare D'Souza was awarded 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 received his award for helping students to discover and quench their thirst for knowledge.

These awards are highly competitive on a national level and reflect very high standards of teaching practise. 

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Professor Leigh Drake called the awards a ‘fantastic achievement ‘ and congratulated his staff on their prestigious win.

‘Clare and Jan have demonstrated a commitment to excellent teaching through active learning techniques and student-centred approaches to student learning outcomes,’ says Professor Drake.
 
‘This is a great achievement and reflects very well on Clare and Jan as well as their respective schools, Faculty, University and the community we serve.’
 
For more information on the Citation Awards, including a full list of recipients, visit: olt.gov.au