Staff across the University of Newcastle are developing leading-edge curricula and using new technologies to teach, inspire and support our students.

Global leaders in education

Staff across the University of Newcastle are developing leading-edge curricula and using new technologies to teach, inspire and support our students.

Every member of staff makes an important contribution to education.  In 2012, a number of outstanding staff members at the University of Newcastle were recognised for teaching excellence.

Associate Professor Seamus Fagan

Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Director of the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre received the Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education award from the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). The award recognises the ongoing outstanding contribution of a professional in international education who has led ground-breaking initiatives in the field.


Dr Marita Lynagh, Dr Sue Outram and Dr Conor Gilligan, Faculty of Health, received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching. They were recognised for developing curricula to prepare pre-service teachers to manage sensitive and controversial issues such as sexuality, child protection, and mental health in schools.


Dr Catriona Malau, Faculty of Education and Arts, received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching for encouraging Bachelor of Education (Primary) students to engage with the compulsory first year Linguistics course. Dr Malau demonstrated the relevance of the course content to a career in education by incorporating tutorial resources and assessments that relate directly to teaching.

Professor Phil Morgan

Professor Philip Morgan, Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, received a national Teaching Excellence Award from the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching.  Professor Morgan's research on school and community-based obesity prevention programs informs his teaching in the School of Education.


Dr Liam Phelan, GradSchool, Academic Division, was also recognised with a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching for fostering a sense of engagement among online Master of Environmental Management students. Dr Phelan's initiatives involve students in areas such as assignment design, critiquing peer work via a discussion board, and providing feedback that is regularly incorporated into the course.

Other outstanding educators were recognised via University funded fellowships and Vice-Chancellor's Awards in 2012.