SCU arts and Social Sciences academic Dr Janie Conway-Herron received an award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
SCU arts and Social Sciences academic Dr Janie Conway-Herron received an award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Cathy Adams

SCU teachers receive $10k awards

THREE Southern Cross University lecturers were each awarded $10,000 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council yesterday for their outstanding contribution to student learning.

Dr Janie Conway-Herron (arts and social sciences), Dr Ross Goldingay (School of Environmental Science and Management) and Meredith Kayess (Academic Skills Development Unit) accepted the awards at a NSW regional presentation ceremony at the NSW Art Gallery.

Dr Conway-Herron said she had accepted the award on behalf of a creative writing team which included Dr Moya Costello, Dr Jenny Ledgar, Dr Lainie Jones and Chris Morgan, from SCU's Teaching and Learning Department.

She said the team had designed and implemented innovative approaches to ensure both external and internal students succeeded in becoming professional practitioners.

“There are lots of arguments about whether people can be taught to write,” Dr Conway-Herron said.

“But we've shown that the right environment provides the inspiration and skill to succeed.”

Dr Goldingay's approach to field work and the relationship he had developed betweenresearch and teaching forsecond-year students was recognised as outstanding.

“My approach to teaching is to keep everything authentic,” he said.

“So field work research is done within World Heritage-listed national parks and provides park managers with real information on the situation with wildlife.”

Ms Kayess was awarded for recognising the importance of the transition to university and the first-year experience, and her to ability to empower and encourage students through strategies she developed to facilitate the process.



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