English academic cited for excellence in teaching
The awards recognise the country's best educators. According to the Australian Government Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, these Citations "reaffirm the crucial role staff and teachers play in helping Australian universities to deliver quality education and improve the student learning experience."
Mr Payne said, "The excellence of our higher education teachers goes a long way to establishing the Australian higher education sector's reputation as a global leader."
Dr Jane Messer received her Citation for "support of student engagement with graduate capabilities through the design of an innovative curriculum and resources that promote student motivation, resourcefulness and creativity."
Her Citation is for her capstone unit for students majoring in writing.
Dr Messer said, "Much of the unit's design focuses on professional graduate capabilities. The core principal for my approach to the students' learning experience is that their learning is experiential."
"Students are tasked with evaluating their capacity for imaginative and critical thinking, and this leads them to see the value of these skills and attributes to the media and arts industries."