UC celebrates outstanding teaching

03 July 2019

Infectious enthusiasm for their subject, extensive expertise and engaging teaching methods marked out three University of Canterbury (UC) academics for special recognition on 1 July.

  • (from left) Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey with Teaching Award 2019

    (from left) Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey with Teaching Award 2019 winners Associate Professor Ashley Garrill (Biological Sciences), Dr Marlène Villenueve (Geological Sciences) and Professor Alessandro Palermo (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering), and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Moran.

Infectious enthusiasm for their subject, extensive expertise and engaging teaching methods marked out three University of Canterbury (UC) academics for special recognition on 1 July.

Associate Professor Ashley Garrill from Biological Sciences, Professor Alessandro Palermo from Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and Dr Marlène Villenueve from Geological Sciences each received a Teaching Award at the opening ceremony of UC’s Teaching Month.

In her address at the event, Tori McNoe, UCSA Vice-President, explored what students think makes a great teacher.

“I don’t have a concise answer to this. Is it knowledge, effective communication or are they just responsible for making sure I go into the world employable? It is all of these things, but for me the most important thing they do is lead. Teachers are some of the most important leaders that students will ever know.”

UC Teaching Awards recognise excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching and take into account colleagues’ recommendations, student feedback, and high-quality and sustained teaching practices which engage students and promote effective learning appropriate to the subject level and the background of the students.

Introduced in 2001, the awards include $1,500 for each winner for teaching-related activities.

Read more: Teaching Awards 2019

Associate Professor Ashley Garrill

Professor Alessandro Palermo

Dr Marlène Villenueve

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