Associate Professor Annie Potts

Location: Cultural Studies
Annie Potts

Annie is described by her colleagues as “an exceptionally talented, motivating and inspiring teacher, who very successfully puts into practice her strong beliefs in creating inclusive learning environments.”

But this award recognises more than her energy and commitment to her teaching, it also acknowledges her work in developing the interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies at UC and in establishing the world’s first PhD in this area which explores our complex relationships with the environment and other species.   Her ground-breaking work has been recognised by international awards and grants.

Annie is known as a teacher who has a deep empathy and respect for the individual student; who always takes time to understand students’ own perspectives and experiences and is accepting of and responsive to issues of diversity, working with individuals’ own strengths and motivations.  As her nominator commented: “Annie is more than simply passionate about teaching, she recognises, at a very fundamental level, the great value we add to our students when we equip them with the tools to challenge, critique, debate and re-imagine the status quo.”

She draws from a deep moral and ethical base to develop her students into people who are truly capable of changing the world.