Otago Polytechnic teachers win three Tertiary Teaching Awards
Date: 18 August 2016
Three Otago Polytechnic teachers have been awarded prestigious national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards for “absolutely world-class” teaching – representing a quarter of the field of 12 educators honoured this year.
The annual Awards, administered by Ako Aotearoa, celebrate New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers. They were announced tonight at a parliamentary dinner jointly hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, and the Chair of the Education and Science Committee, Dr Jian Yang.
Among those honoured were Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport and Adventure Head, Dr Megan Gibbons; Principal Engineering Lecturer, Richard Nyhof; and Senior Carpentry Lecturer, Matthew Thompson, who each take home $20,000 in recognition of their achievements.“
"Megan, Richard and Matthew are brilliant at what they do, motivating and inspiring their students with the expertise and passion they demonstrate,” says Chief Executive, Phil Ker. “I’m delighted that their dedication and excellence have been acknowledged by the Awards Committee.”
A total of 18 Otago Polytechnic educators have been recognised with these Awards over the past decade, highlighting the exceptional quality education on offer at the institute.
Ako Aotearoa’s Director, Peter Coolbear, says it’s a great privilege and pleasure to host the Awards. “Each year, this gives us an opportunity to celebrate tertiary teachers and teaching that is truly student-focused and absolutely world-class.”
Otago Polytechnic’s Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
Dr Megan Gibbons – Head of School, Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure
Richard Nyhof – Principal Engineering Lecturer, School of Architecture, Building and Engineering
Matthew Thompson – Senior Carpentry Lecturer, School of Architecture, Building and Engineering
Clive Humphries – Principal Lecturer, Dunedin School of Art
Adrian Woodhouse – Senior Lecturer, Food Design Institute
Daniel Pfyl – Senior Lecturer, Food Design Institute
David Gillespie – Lecturer, Food Design Institute
Stephen Ellwood – Lecturer, Food Design Institute
Tony Heptinstall – Senior Lecturer, Food Design Institute
Judith Roddick – Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing
Caroline McCaw – Communication Design Academic Leader, School of Design
Jane Venis ─ Creative Studies Academic Leader, School of Design
Professor Leoni Schmidt – Head of School of Art
Peter Bilous – Snowsport/Avalanche Studies Programme Manager, Central Otago campus
Maxine Alterio – Principal Lecturer, Educational Development Centre
Judy Magee – Senior Lecturer, School of Foundation Learning
Adrian Woodhouse – Senior Lecturer, School of Hospitality
Margo Barton – Fashion Academic Leader, School of Design.
Published on 18 Aug 2016
Orderdate: 18 Aug 2016
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