University of Queensland Teaching and Learning Awards

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    Dr Saiied Aminossadati – School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

    Year of award: 2015

    Citation: For creating enhanced learning environments that engage engineering students in meaningful tasks emphasising the link between education, research and industry.

    Click here to access Dr Aminossadati’s application.


    Associate Professor Julie Ballantyne – School of Music

    Year of award: 2014

    Citation: “Finding my voice”: fostering independent identities through transformative learning and assessment design in music teacher education.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Ballantyne’s application.


    Dr Peter Clutterbuck – School of Business

    Year of award: 2013

    Citation: For the provision of a personalized learning environment to first-year business students via the use of literacy pedagogy, online audio-visual content and formative assessment.

    Click here to view Dr Clutterbuck’s application.


    Dr Poh Wah Hillock – School of Mathematics and Physics

    Year of award: 2016

    Citation: For developing a first year mathematics support programme which builds confidence and fosters hard work, perseverance and discipline, resulting in high achievement levels.

    Click here to access Dr Hillock’s application. 


    Dr Nicole Hartley – School of Business

    Year of award: 2016

    Citation: For inspiring and enhancing student work-ready learning through innovative industry engagement projects that transform the classroom into a marketing/advertising agency.

    Click here to access Dr Hartley’s application. 


    Associate Professor Tim McIntyre – School of Mathematics and Physics

    Year of award: 2014

    Citation: For the development of interactive on-line modules and simulations for undergraduate teaching that motivate students to learn in their own time and place.

    Click here to view Associate Professor McIntyre’s application.


    Dr Phil Orchard – School of Political Science and International Studies

    Year of award: 2014

    Citation: For innovative experiential learning practices that have inspired and engaged students by blending theory and practice.

    Click here to view Dr Orchard’s application.


    Professor Kenneth Pakenham – School of Psychology

    Year of award: 2015

    Citation: For Caring for Self to Care for Others: scholarly leadership in integrating psychotherapy and self-care training that builds resilient competent clinicians and relieves human suffering.

    Click here to view Professor Pakenham’s application.


    Dr Judith Seaboyer – School of Communication and Arts

    Year of award: 2015

    Citation: For developing sustainable, feedback-rich technology-assisted assessment strategies resulting in significant increases in pre-class reading, improved student engagement and learning, and increased pleasure in literary studies.

    Click here to view Dr Seaboyer’s application

  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

    UQ Critical Thinking Project

    Team: Associate Professor Deborah Brown, Mr Peter Ellerton and Dr Dominic Hyde

    Year of award: 2016                                                

    Synopsis: The University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project (UQCTP) works in partnership with communities, schools and the Department of Education and Training (DET) to widen participation and potential success in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, low SES, remote and rural students. It engages university students as ambassadors and activity leaders in event days, representing >30 UQ disciplines, all faculties and four research institutes, making the UQCTP the university’s single most extensive collaboration on any outreach project.

    UQCTP operates on the principle that creating new knowledge, leading change and being an effective member of a community requires the capacity for creative and rational thought. It sets the necessary foundations for improving access to higher education by developing in K-12 school students the cognitive skills critical for success in higher education. By providing professional development, curriculum design and course delivery to school and university teachers, UQCTP embeds critical thinking across the curriculum. It transforms teaching and learning by shifting the focus from the dissemination of accumulated knowledge to more autonomous and critically engaged learning, empowering a view of higher education as a potential future for those school students and their parents who would otherwise see such a prospect as unobtainable.

    Click here to view the UQ Critical Thinking Project application.  


    The UQ Summer Research Program 

    Team: Dr Jessica Gallagher and Dr Paula Myatt

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Established in 2008, The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Summer Research (SR) Program promotes undergraduate and postgraduate research projects across all disciplines at UQ, provides scholarships to support students, coordinates training and dissemination opportunities to enhance student learning, and nurtures students to become future researchers. In the summer of 2012–13 alone, the UQ SR Program enabled more than 500 students from across Australia and 18 other countries, together with 325 academic supervisors, to produce authentic, engaging learning experiences for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. These students engaged in diverse research experiences, gained new skills and contributed to the creation of new knowledge, all within the context of learning within a research intensive university. Essential to the program’s success is its reputation for excellent student outcomes, quality administrative support and efficient coordination by the UQ Office of Undergraduate Education, in conjunction with the Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), UQ faculties and research units. In five years the UQ SR Program has helped more than 1800 students experience learning through authentic, independent research. The program continues to evolve and expand, offering research experiences combined with skills development, career clarification and an opportunity to participate in a large, cross-disciplinary undergraduate research conference. 

    Click here to view The UQ Summer Research Program application.

  • Awards for Teaching Excellence

    Dr Greg Birkett – School of Chemical Engineering 

    Year of award: 2015

    Synopsis: Chemical engineers are trained to see the world as a set of systems and processes and Dr Greg Birkett is passionate about improving the systems and processes that impact student learning and engagement. He believes that, like any process, a focus on continuous improvement can achieve great results, and will increase the opportunities for our students and their impact on society. These beliefs have lead Dr Birkett to be involved in a wide range of initiatives and activities from classroom to university scale. Dr Birkett’s courses and teaching are very well received by students, spanning from a thermodynamics flipped classroom to final year design courses where students design complex chemical processes. In the School of Chemical Engineering, Dr Birkett has led the development of a unique integrated Masters program, reinvigorated the School’s practical and field trip experience, and mentored staff to help improve many courses. These, and his other initiatives, transformed the School’s teaching culture and student engagement. At the university level Dr Birkett is currently working with a team on a web based curriculum mapping tool aimed at improving curriculum planning and design. In addition he has influenced the direction of UQ’s space development towards more active learning spaces.

    Click here to view Dr Birkett’s application.


    Ms Jacqueline Bond – School of Pharmacy 

    Year of award: 2015

    Synopsis: Jacqueline has been widely recognised as an excellent pharmacy educator by both her students and colleagues. Her passion for experimenting with and evaluating innovative teaching and eLearning approaches over the last 13 years has led to curricular reform that engages students, inspires them to learn and prepares them for their future roles as ‘medicines experts’ in an evolving healthcare system. Her educational philosophy, that constructively aligned learning objectives, learning activities and assessment must be authentic and relevant to professional practice, has guided the re-design of courses in medicinal chemistry and pharmacy practice. Jacqui takes a scholarly approach to teaching and learning design that is informed by an understanding of the higher education literature, as well as her own original research in pharmacy education, along with that of her research students. Jacqui’s deep respect for the development of students as individuals, and creative approaches to teaching (such as ‘medicinal chemistry karaoke’) have enhanced learning and resulted in exceptional student evaluations and multiple student-initiated awards. Her contribution has further been acknowledged by colleagues via four UQ awards (UQ citation, UQ APEL, VC’s equity and diversity award and HABS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence), as well as a prestigious national teaching award (AAUT APEL).

    Please contact Jacqui directly to discuss her award application.


    Associate Professor Neil Cottrell – School of Pharmacy

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Dr Neil Cottrell is an excellent teacher who inspires his students to become the best pharmacy practitioners they can. He teaches the final year students in the School of Pharmacy and creates a supportive learning environment with authentic learning activities to help his students transition into their intern pharmacy year prior to registration as pharmacists. His cConsistently high scores on his teaching evaluations reflect the success of his approach. In addition to his pharmacy teaching, Dr Cottrell led the successful development and implementation of an interprofessional curriculum involving students from medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physiotherapy at the UQ Greenslopes Clinical School. His teaching has been recognised by his university peers with a UQ Commendation for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. He is the current Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the School of Pharmacy. External to the University, Dr Cottrell has been involved in the development, coordination and tutoring of clinical seminars to practising pharmacists since 2000. He received the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award in 2007 from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Cottrell’s application.


    Dr Craig Engstrom – School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Dr Craig Engstrom has a sustained history of teaching excellence and innovation in the field of Sports Medicine across traditional and online learning environments settings at The University of Queensland. His extensive national and international experience forms the basis for his ongoing provision of outstanding, multi-disciplinary learning resources for students. Dr Engstrom has significant leadership roles in longitudinal scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) activities with a successful track record for securing competitive teaching-focused research grants. His SoTL initiatives include: innovative work in online clinical assessment of practical skills, (eCAPS) ; investigating contextualized audio feedback for assessing student assignments (UQMarkUp); and a cutting-edge experiential interprofessional learning model for exercise physiology and medical students involving personalized exercise programs in realistic clinician-patient roles. He publishes collaboratively in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences for further promotion and evaluation of efficacious approaches such as communities-of-practice, authentic “assessment as learning” and interprofessional education for enhancing student learning. Dr Engstrom is strongly committed to furthering his leadership in global 21st century teaching & learning practices.

    Click here to view Dr Engstrom’s application.


    Associate Professor Susan Rowland – School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: As an educator who teaches biochemistry and molecular biology across all levels of the University curriculum, Dr Susan Rowland has translated her love for research and science communication into innovative and successful courses and extra-curricular activities for her students. Her primary focus has been to help students explore their own interests and understandings in science, while also developing student connections with working scientists and professional scientific practice. Dr Rowland’s work in science communication has been commissioned for a government education website and a national good practice guide. Her work in enhancing undergraduate access to genuine research experiences has been recognised with an Office for Learning and Teaching Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant. Dr Rowland works actively to mentor and develop the careers and capabilities of others in her community through publications, presentations, committee work, and journal editorships. She is an Australian leader in the scholarship of teaching and learning in science.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Rowland’s application.


    Dr Jack Wang – School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience 

    Year of award: 2014

    Synopsis: Dr Jack Wang is an early career lecturer in microbiology at UQ. Since 2010, he has coordinated courses in medical and molecular microbiology and serves as the microbiology major convenor. His work focuses on integrating the scientific method into all aspects of science education to drive the development of critical thinking skills in large student cohorts. In collaboration with leaders in microbiology and education, Dr Wang has integrated research-led learning experiences to a framework of undergraduate courses across the UQ microbiology major. These learning activities have immersed thousands of students into the inquiry-driven nature of science, while providing opportunities to utilise cutting-edge technology in microbiology research. His students have demonstrated learning gains in transferrable scientific skills as well as high levels of engagement. This work has attracted competitive grant funding, been disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, and Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) good-practice guides, culminating in a 2013 UQ Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award. Dr Wang is an emerging early-career academic who has demonstrated leadership in teaching and learning, and is dedicated to advancing science education.

    Please contact Jack directly to discuss his award application.


    Dr Vincent Wheatley - School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

    Year of award: 2016

    Synopsis: Dr Wheatley strives to make students not only active learners, but intrigued and enthusiastic ones by engaging them in activities based on authentic scenarios from industry or research, that are relevant to their potential future careers. He uses this approach to teach advanced topics in mechanical and aerospace engineering in contexts ranging from large courses, to thesis and design projects, to the edX Hypersonics MOOC, a course that attracted learners from 129 different countries. Dr Wheatley has used his command of the field to develop high-impact resources that engage with students within and external to UQ, building UQ’s reputation of knowledge leadership. Many of these resources were developed for Hypersonics MOOC, which demonstrated that the MOOC concept can be successfully applied to advanced technical courses. For third year Fluid Dynamics at UQ, a class of 300, he successfully adapted the MOOC resources into a small private online course (SPOC) that adds value to the on-campus experience by enabling a flipped-classroom approach: all contact hours are used for active problem solving, discussion and reflection. To help engage every individual in large classes, students work in small groups and disseminate their results via a digital student response system. 

    Click here to view Dr Wheatley’s application.


    Associate Professor April Wright – School of Business

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Dr April Wright teaches a large first-year management course in the undergraduate business programs at UQ. With eighteen years of’ teaching experience, she makes the study of management relevant and rigorous through interactive lectures, engaging tutorials, and research assignments that allow for experiential learning and reflection. A leader in the field of management education, Dr Wright has pioneered the use of threshold concepts in course design as well as a team-based tutorial strategy that motivates students to prepare, participate, and learn progressively and collaboratively throughout the semester. Dr Wright’s innovative approaches to course design, classroom teaching, and assessment have inspired students to engage with management theory and practice as independent learners. These approaches have also supported the development of a diverse student cohort as future business practitioners who operate in insightful, socially responsible and culturally sensitive ways. Having completed a UQ Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Dr Wright is actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning through publication in international journals, presentations at conferences and professional development workshops, and editorship of a special issue of a management education journal.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Wright’s application.

Australian Awards for University Teaching

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    AIM High 

    Team members: Associate Professor Ann Peterson, Mr Dominic McGrath, Associate Professor Clive Warren and Dr David Neil

    Year of award: 2015

    Citation: For an innovative, institution-wide approach to improving student understanding of academic integrity and plagiarism through implementation of a student-centred online interactive tutorial and program.

    Click here to view the AIM High application.


    Associate Professor Julie Ballantyne – School of Music

    Year of award: 2015

    Citation: For helping students to ‘find their voice’: inspiring professional identities through transformative learning in music teacher education.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Ballantyne’s application.



    The French Team 

    Team members: Associate Professor Greg Hainge, Dr Beatrice Atherton, Dr Juliana de Nooy, Dr Barbara Hanna, Dr Joe Hardwick and Dr Amy Hubbell

    Year of award: 2014

    Citation: For scholarly pedagogical approaches and innovative use of technologies that have global reach and real world relevance.

    Click here to view The French Team application.


    Dr Phil Orchard – School of Political Science and International Studies

    Year of award: 2016

    Citation: For inspiring and engaging political science students with an experiential learning curriculum including simulations which are designed to prepare them for real world challenges

    Click here to access Dr Orchard’s application.


    Professor Kenneth Pakenham – School of Psychology

    Year of award: 2016

    Citation: For ‘Caring for Self to Care for Others’: scholarly leadership in integrating self-care into a psychotherapy curriculum that builds resilient clinicians to relieve human suffering

    Click here to access Professor Pakenham’s application.


    Dr Richard Robinson – School of Business

    Year of award: 2014

    Citation: For motivating students towards future hospitality leadership by inspiring them with authentic and experiential teaching and learning contexts, which bridge the perceived theory-practice divide.

    Click here to view Dr Robinson’s application.


    Dr Judith Seaboyer – School of Communication and Arts

    Year of award: 2016

    Citation: For developing sustainable, feedback-rich, technology-assisted assessment strategies that markedly increase pre-class reading, engagement and learning, and foster pleasure in literary studies

    Click here to access Dr Seaboyer’s application.


    Associate Professor April Wright – School of Business

    Year of award: 2013

    Citation: For transforming learning by creating teachable moments that motivate, engage and inspire business students in very large classes to connect management theory and practice.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Wright’s application.

  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

    UQ Pro Bono Centre 

    Team: Ms Monica Taylor, Dr Francesca Bartlett, Associate Professor Peter Billings, Professor Heather Douglas, Mrs Jennifer Gibbons, Associate Professor Tamara Walsh  

    Year of award: 2016                                                

    Synopsis: Since 2009, the UQ Pro Bono Centre has involved law students in pro bono legal work in partnership with the legal profession. Law students assist community legal centres (CLCs), law firms, barristers and community agencies on a pro bono basis: for the public good. Students gain vital practical legal skills while learning the importance of their role as future lawyers to give back to their communities through pro bono legal service. Grounded in service learning pedagogy, this dynamic partnership has made an outstanding contribution to the quality and enhancement of students’ learning while also increasing access to justice in the community. The Centre’s initiatives include the Clinical Legal Education Program, which places students in CLCs to directly assist clients with their legal problems under the supervision of an experienced lawyer; the Manning St Project, where students participate in law reform and policy research; the Pro Bono Roster, which coordinates many diverse student pro bono activities; and the High Schools Program which harnesses the passion of law students to deliver legal information sessions to secondary school students. The Centre has attracted international attention for its work in enriching the law student experience while helping to address unmet legal need.

    Click here to view the UQ Pro Bono Centre application.  


    UQ Three Minute Thesis  

    Team: Professor Stephan Riek, Ms Belinda Bern, Ms Kate Swanson, Ms Selina Weller, Ms Amanda Lee, Ms Claire Backhouse

    Year of award: 2016                                                

    Synopsis: The ability to communicate effectively is a crucial professional skill for all graduates. For research higher degree (RHD) students, these communication skills are vital to their ability to describe their research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was established to provide a framework to encourage, support, and reward the development of communication skills by RHD students. 3MT® was conceptualised by The University of Queensland (UQ) Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, who believed that RHD students should be able to clearly describe the aims, results, and outcomes or impact of their research in a way that was accessible to the general public. First held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing, 3MT® competitions are now held in over 300 universities across 42 countries worldwide, with a regional competition in the USA, national competitions in Canada and the UK, and two international competitions: the Asia-Pacific 3MT® and the Universitas 21 3MT®. In addition to improved communication skills, 3MT® participants also benefit from the opportunity to showcase their research to other researchers, industry, and media throughout the network, which can open doors to new collaborations and job opportunities.

    Click here to view the UQ Three Minute Thesis application.  

  • Awards for Teaching Excellence

    Dr Craig Engstrom – School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

    Year of award: 2015

    Synopsis: Craig Engstrom is an outstanding educator who teaches Exercise and Sports Medicine for undergraduate and postgraduate students. His students learn that a team effort is crucial for developing knowledge and clinical practices to optimise the healthcare of exercising individuals. Craig’s leadership of multidisciplinary teams of Australian and international colleagues enhances the learning and professional development of his students. His exemplary scholarship—supported by university, Office of Learning and Teaching, and Health Workforce Australia grants—focuses on experiential and interprofessional student learning within community of practice environments. He uses these avenues to advance the learning of his students and, with his teams of clinical and academic colleagues, disseminates scholarly findings in higher-­education conferences and international pedagogy journals to highlight successful learning and teaching approaches for students. His innovative work includes the development of an online-­video framework for ‘assessment as learning’ of practical skills, a multimodal web-­tablet system for feedback on student assignments, and interprofessional learning for exercise physiology and medical student teams. As a teacher and leader of Exercise and Sports Medicine programs developed with teams of national and international colleagues, Craig is dedicated to enhancing student learning and ensuring students graduate with well-­developed capabilities to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams.

    Click here to view Dr Engstrom’s application.


    Mr Michael Jennings – School of Mathematics and Physics

    Year of award: 2015

    Synopsis: Michael Jennings is a leading mathematics educator, with 20 years’ teaching experience, including ten years in higher education. Michael’s teaching success is due to his philosophy of identifying and then building upon students’ current knowledge, as well as connecting mathematics to everyday contexts through real-life case studies that illustrate the usefulness and beauty of mathematics. This has inspired countless students to excel in what is commonly regarded as a difficult discipline. Michael uses technology to gather data and then design innovative resources that support diverse student cohorts, including the internationally renowned GetSet formative feedback system and SmartAss self-testing system. Michael’s leadership success centres on his capacity to bring traditionally distant academic groups such as engineering, mathematics, science, and mathematics education together, all in the name of improving teaching and learning. Consistently high teaching evaluation scores; five teaching awards at national, institutional, and faculty levels; numerous invitations to speak at national and international events and conferences; and the impressive uptake by secondary schools and universities around the world of the GetSet and SmartAss resources evidence Michael’s teaching excellence.

    Click here to view Mr Jennings’ application.


    Dr Sebastian Kaempf – School of Political Science and International Studies

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Dr Sebastian Kaempf is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland where he teaches the first year course ‘Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies’, the second year course ‘International Peacekeeping’, and the Masters course ‘Contemporary Peacekeeping’. His students attest to his enthusiasm, approachability, commitment, and ability to motivate and interest. His teaching reflects his empathy with, and genuine interest in, engaging and challenging students. He applies Universal Design principles to classroom teaching and curriculum design, offers multiple and diverse assessment items, and employs simulations, self-reflective and multi-perspective approaches as sources of learning. He pioneered the use of online teaching in a course that includes students from UQ and 20 partner universities across the globe.

    Please contact Sebastian directly to discuss his award application.


    Associate Professor Gwendolyn Lawrie – School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

    Year of award: 2013

    Synopsis: Dr Gwen Lawrie is a creative educator dedicated to delivering collaborative active learning environments as a strategy for improving the first-year learning experience in chemistry. Her primary focus has been to shift the paradigm of first-year chemistry to create learning environments where students in very large classes are respected as individual learners. Gwen encourages students to develop self-awareness of their thinking and learning processes through deep engagement and involvement in a wide range of activities designed to help them find ways to connect to chemistry through discovering personal relevance. She has successfully implemented a range of assessment activities that have provided students with opportunities to demonstrate their deeper understanding of chemistry concepts. Gwen’s informed and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment have resulted in enhanced student engagement in chemistry addressing diversity in students’ academic ability, interest, prior experiences and career aspirations. She is acknowledged and respected as an innovative practitioner and researcher by her peers both nationally and internationally through collaborations and invitations to participate in peer-reviewed fora.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Lawrie’s application.


    Professor Paul Mills – School of Veterinary Science  

    Year of award: 2016

    Synopsis: Professor Paul Mills is a veterinary pharmacologist and internationally-recognised leader in innovative veterinary education. A 2007 recipient of an ALTC Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career) in recognition of his work in incorporating life skills in a professional program, Paul’s contributions to teaching and learning continue to be highly successful and inspirational, more recently with his initiatives to enhance outcomes for international students and mentoring early career academics. As leader of a global collaboration in curriculum development involving the US, South Korea and Europe, Paul has also led the introduction of an advanced veterinary curriculum in SE Asia. He is shaping the field of veterinary education at institutional, national and global levels, ensuring sustained learning outcomes for students in The University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science while also establishing strong pathways for career development for both graduates and veterinary educators.

    Click here to view Professor Mills’ application.  


    Associate Professor Susan Rowland – School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

    Year of award: 2014

    Synopsis: As an educator who teaches biochemistry and molecular biology across all levels of the University curriculum, Dr Susan Rowland has translated her love for research and science communication into innovative and successful courses and extra-curricular activities for her students. Her primary focus has been to help students explore their own interests and understandings in science, while also developing student connections with working scientists and professional scientific practice. Dr Rowland’s work in science communication has been commissioned for a government education website and a national good practice guide. Her work in enhancing undergraduate access to genuine research experiences has been recognised with an Office for Learning and Teaching Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant. Dr Rowland works actively to mentor and develop the careers and capabilities of others in her community through publications, presentations, committee work, and journal editorships. She is an Australian leader in the scholarship of teaching and learning in science.

    Click here to view Associate Professor Rowland’s application.