2016 Vice-Chancellor's award winners announced
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
The 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence recognised more than 70 remarkable academic and professional staff in every faculty and division, for their willingness to change the status quo, take on new challenges and provide inspirational leadership.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen presented individual and team awards across seven categories, including a new award for International Engagement, at the awards ceremony on Monday 5 December at The Conservatorium.
“I am proud to be in the company of so many excellent colleagues who are leading the way for UON’s curious, collaborative and courageous culture and shaping the future of this remarkable institution,” Professor McMillen said.
“On behalf of the University, I offer my sincere congratulations and gratitude to the recipients of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence for their dedication to achieving positive results, and for daring to think differently and drive innovation in that pursuit.”
Download the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence program (PDF, 3.4MB) and view the photos from the award ceremony.
TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LEARNING
Overall Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- Dr Trevor Hilaire, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Trevor Hilaire is a lecturer in Construction Management where approximately 50 percent of students study by distance. Trevor has a professional background in the construction industry and utilises this to foster a collaborative learning environment where mutual respect is valued and student development is supported. To provide learning opportunities not available elsewhere, he has developed an exclusive agreement with a leading global software developer to provide students with unique learning opportunities and support to prepare them for graduate life. Trevor is a valuable member of the Construction Management team, earning the respect of his colleagues and peers and building a strong rapport with his student cohort.
FACULTY TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LEARNING AWARDS
- Dr Alicia Kulczynski and Dr Stacey Baxter, Faculty of Business and Law
- Dr Michael Sala, Faculty of Education and Arts
- Sean Sadler, Faculty of Health and Medicine
DIVISION TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LEARNING AWARD
- Jenny Hyde, Academic Division
SESSIONAL STAFF TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LEARNING AWARD
- Dr Elena Levchenko, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
PROFESSIONAL STAFF EXCELLENCE
Co-recipients of the overall Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Professional Staff
- Shree Andrew, Faculty of Business and Law
In 2016, the University of Newcastle was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Less than 5 percent of the world's 13,000 business programs achieve AACSB Accreditation, which is a multi-stage, multi-year process, involving extensive engagement with international accreditation committees, internal and external stakeholders and an international peer review team. Shree, as leader of the AACSB professional team, worked consistently and to great effect over a three year period, in partnership with an academic leader, to develop and implement a mission-driven plan that evidenced how UON met the fifteen AACSB quality standards. Shree’s contribution to the AACSB project was key to the successful accreditation of business programs at UON.
- Writing Drop In Team, Ourimbah, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Academic Division: Emma Joel, Catherine Chinnery-Doyle, Michael Kilmister, Meg Vertigan, Carol Martin, Mata Taulilo, Amanda Clarke, Carol Lindell
The successful implementation of the Peer-supported Writing Drop In (Writing Drop In) program is a courageous initiative in establishing a model of learning support that is unique to the Ourimbah Campus and our students' needs. The Writing Drop In program has achieved its two goals; to significantly increase students' access to "just-in-time, just-for-me" academic support, and to offer a mode of support targeting the continuum of transition uniquely experienced by some Ourimbah students (that is, those who transition into TAFE or Enabling programs, and then continue onto a university degree).
- Pre-Award Team, Research Grants, Research and Innovation Division: Kylie Hugo, Adam Koppers, Angela McPherson, Belinda Peden, Laura Medioli, Neroli Finlay
- IT Security and Legal, Resources Division: Tess van Weerdenburg, Patrick McElhinney, Ritesh Bhakuni
EARLY CAREER RESEARCH AND INNOVATION EXCELLENCE
Overall Vice-Chancellor’s Award for early career research
- Dr Amy Maguire, Faculty of Business and Law
Dr Amy Maguire's research investigates the legal complexities of topical issues such as the rights of refugees and Indigenous peoples, climate change governance, self-determination and capital punishment. Amy's research pushes productively across traditional disciplinary boundaries to produce work of significant originality that appears in leading Australian and international journals. She also makes her research publicly accessible through publishing outlets like The Conversation, through writing for newspapers and giving interviews on radio and television. This has led to her becoming one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals contributing to our understanding of key human rights questions and other international law issues.
- Dr Hedda Askland, Faculty of Education and Arts
- Dr Natalie Lockart, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
- Dr Jane Rich, Faculty of Health and Medicine
- Dr Raymond Chiong, Faculty of Science
RESEARCH SUPERVISION EXCELLENCE
Overall Vice-Chancellor’s Award for research supervision excellence
- Associate Professor Olivier Buzzi, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Associate Professor Olivier Buzzi is an extremely enthusiastic academic who has built, over the years, an outstanding track record, which has integrated excellent research training with industry engagement, quality research and academic integrity. He has supervised many RHD students in whom he has instilled his own passion for research. Olivier has a demonstrated ability to nurture, respect and inspire his students, to successfully teach them complex concepts and to train them well beyond simple research skills. As a devoted supervisor, Olivier thoroughly prepares his students in every way, for their future career, be it in academia or in industry.
- Dr Mick Seamer, Faculty of Business and Law
- Dr Ann Taylor, Faculty of Education and Arts
- Dr Mariko Carey, Faculty of Health and Medicine
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCELLENCE
Shaun Manning, School of Engineering
- Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, School of Architecture and Built Environment
- Dr Kevin Sobel-Read, Newcastle Law School
- Conversational English Program (CEP) – Auchmuty Library: Rebecca Heath, David Probert, Jacqui Harris, Jane Neave, Sarah Coleman, Helen Robertson, Ben Bourke, Alison Edginton, Shaista Poonawalla (Library), Anne Burnett (ELFS)
- School of Nursing and Midwifery team: Professor Sally Chan, Associate Professor Sarah Jeong, Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet, School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Shaun McCarthy and Briony Johnston, Newcastle Law School
- History Illustration (NHI) MOOC Development Team, Faculty of Science: Andrew Howells, Bernadette Drabsch, Clare Lloyd, Chris Hildebrandt, Kyle Holmes, Luke Boulton, Nick Barham, Daniel Atkins, Elizabeth Burns, Mali Webb.