Coordinator of the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) degree
Paul Emery: ALTC 2011 Citation Award Recipient
Paul Emery has twenty-seven years' experience in sport management education, and describes his teaching philosophy as student-centred with meticulous attention to detail.
Paul joined La Trobe in 2005 and helped to establish the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) degree as one of the most popular in the University. Along with preparing new curriculum and resources, Paul also created a ‘one-stop shop’ e-learning platform for sport management students, along with annual research to track students’ needs.
In both 2009 and 2011, Paul received La Trobe University citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. These were followed by a 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation 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.
Paul strongly encourages students to question everything they read and hear, and to extend their own levels of creativity. Where possible, he involves students in the decisions about subject delivery, assessment, and work placements.
One of his most high-profile work placement partnerships is with Cricket Australia.
Since 2006, this partnership has progressed to the point where Cricket Australia requests a continuous cycle of four La Trobe students every year, which has led to part-time and full-time work for these students.
Every subject in the Sport Management degree involves some external input, and this often includes visiting past graduates, such as those working at AFL Victoria or with the Melbourne Heart football team. Paul says these experiences inspire students and underline the relevance of the subject matter in the course.
Both students and faculty peers describe Paul as supportive, innovative, enthusiastic and encouraging. He has been classified as ‘outstanding’ in all of his teaching performance appraisals since starting at La Trobe.