National Teaching Excellence Award

12 August 2015
Photo of Dr Eleanor Hawe smiling and working with others
Dr Eleanor Hawe receives top teaching award

Dr Eleanor Hawe has won a Sustained Excellence in Teaching General award at the 2015 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

She received the award at a ceremony in Wellington last night.

“It’s a huge honour to be recognised and to receive this award in front of so many of my peers,” says Eleanor.

“To have my work acknowledged by a national Teaching Excellence Award is an added privileged from a profession I love and have been part of for over 40-years.”

Eleanor has been teaching for just over 40 years – 13 years in schools and 28 at the former Auckland College of Education and Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Last year she was awarded a Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.

She joined the Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2004 as Senior Lecturer and until recently, led programme and course development as Associate Dean (Academic Programmes). Eleanor adopts an experiential approach to teaching and learning that draws upon a deep and flexible subject knowledge built over a teaching career. Eleanor’s pedagogical expertise is evident both in her teaching practice and strong publication record.  Eleanor’s students (the majority of whom are experienced teachers themselves) highlight the extensive range of teaching strategies that she employs in her teaching.

Dean of Education and Social Work Professor Graeme Aitken said the award is well-deserved recognition of Eleanor’s achievement in education.

“I am thrilled that Eleanor has received this honour, her contribution to the faculty and the teaching profession has been invaluable. I know that anyone lucky enough to have been taught by Eleanor at school or tertiary level has received excellent guidance and support.”

Two other academics were awarded at last night’s ceremony. Dr Elana Curtis from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) won an award in the Kaupapa Māori category while Marie McEntee from the Faculty of Science won a Sustained Excellence in Teaching General award.

Introduced by the Government in 2001, the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards are nationally contested annual awards, giving recognition to outstanding tertiary teachers.

The University has now won 22 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards with our teachers or teaching teams winning an award in every year except one since their inception in 2002.

“Elana, Marie and Eleanor are outstanding teachers who bring a combination of inspiring delivery and research-based planning and development to their work,” says Professor John Morrow Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

“Their teaching is warmly appreciated by their students and admired by their colleagues; it epitomises the University’s commitment to excellent teaching that encourages our students’ to fulfil their potential. I am delighted that their sustained achievement has been recognised by peers from across the New Zealand tertiary sector.”

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