Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards Announced

08 June 2017
Teaching Excellence Awards Photo
Winners of awards pictured with Dean Graeme Aitken and Assoc. Dean (Teaching & Learning) Kirsten Locke. From left to right: Tamsin Hanly, Dr Kane Meissel, Barbara Ormond, Assoc. Dean (Teaching & Learning) Kirsten Locke, Dean Graeme Aitken, Dr Margaret Kitchen and Associate Professor Mary Hill.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work held their annual Teaching Excellence Awards tonight. The awards were an opportunity for staff to join together to celebrate, honour and congratulate teachers in the faculty who use their talents and skills to inspire and enrich generations of learners.

The recipients of the awards this year were Dr Kane Meissel - Early Career Excellence in Teaching, Barbara Ormond - Sustained Excellence in Teaching (joint winner), Dr Margaret Kitchen – Sustained Excellence in Teaching (joint winner), Associate Professor Mary Hill – Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, and Tamsin Hanly – Innovation in Teaching.

Each winner was recognised for their unique strengths and passion they bring to teaching, which was highlighted by their Heads of School.  

Dr Kane Meissel - Early Career Excellence in Teaching

Kane’s Head of School noted: “Kane is clearly enthusiastic about teaching and creating enriched learning environments for students both within classrooms as well as within a supervisory context. His three pronged teaching philosophy is aimed at creating an inclusive learning environment which engages students to actively participate both within class and surrounding class time in important learning activities and which is responsive to individual student needs as well as formative and summative evidence. He devotes considerable time and energy to improving his teaching, evaluating the outcomes of his teaching practices, assessing students’ opinions of the class and course content and trying to improve student engagement.”

Barbara Ormond - Sustained Excellence in Teaching (joint winner)

Barbara’s Head of School noted: “Barbara has made a sustained contribution to the teaching and learning environment within the University, and has taken a leadership role in building and actively maintaining a close relationship between teacher education, teachers, and university academics. Spanning three distinct subject fields is a challenging task, and the partnership she has made between two university departments and the education sector has fostered understanding and has met the changing needs of teachers and teacher education provision in the faculty.”

Dr Margaret Kitchen – Sustained Excellence in Teaching (joint winner)

Margaret’s Head of School noted: “Margaret’s teaching achieves an exceptional blend of a highly principled approach to education, a rigorously upheld researched base for her pedagogical knowledge, and a sincere and passionate commitment to the well-being of her students. She attaches high value to knowing her students and to accessing their expert knowledge; her designs for learning are founded on values of justice; her practice has supported a substantial publishing record which has gone on to support and challenge educationalists in her field. Thus, her teaching practice has demonstrated excellence, has displayed a philosophical base of integrity, and has provided benefit for students, teachers, the University and the community.”

Associate Professor Mary Hill – Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision

Mary’s Head of School noted: “Mary has, from examining herself as a teacher, discussions with colleagues, and examining and engaging in research on effective teaching, identified critical characteristics which make a difference to student learning within both a classroom and supervisory context. These characteristics include engaging with students and caring about their progress, expertise in their teaching and research field, employing and understanding the value of extensive feedback, and creating challenging, enriched, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in which the learning is clearly visible. Mary captures these characteristics in her own teaching and supervision by building relationships and trust in the learning and supervisory environment, engaging in critical collaborative interactions to foster critical thinking within classroom and within the research environment, and evidences behaviour which underscores the centrality of feedback in the learning and teaching cycle.”

Tamsin Hanly – Innovation in Teaching

Tamsin’s Head of School noted: “Tamsin has taught in the Faculty for the past five years and in that time has transformed the content and delivery of the BEd, the Grad Dip (Primary) and the Masters of Teaching (Primary) via this innovation. The resource provides a counter narrative to dominant understandings, encourages creative and critical student centred pedagogical practice. Tamsin has offered professional development workshops in schools and at the Kohia centre with excellent feedback. In 2017 Tamsin will bring this innovation to co-teaching the Akoranga Kairangi programme to ITE academic staff at the Faculty of Education and Social Work.”