Our award-winning teachers

UQ values the hard work our teachers put in to improving the teaching and learning experience. We are proud to celebrate their success through our internal award program, which qualifies them for national recognition.

Each year our best and brightest are recognised with the UQ Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards. Academic and general staff can win in one of three categories. As a winner of the UQ awards, you'll be invited to submit an application to be considered for the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

UQ also recognises excellence in Higher Degree by Research supervision. Visit the Graduate School website to find out more about these awards.

We have a long tradition of winners both at UQ and nationally. This year's winners of each award are listed below.

UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the student experience at UQ. They also recognise and reward individuals or teams who make a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility and who are acknowledged for their achievements within a faculty or the wider university community.

View UQ award winners for each category, or scroll down below.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

2023 Winners

Dr Peter Crosthwaite

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Society and Culture

Dr Peter Crosthwaite is an internationally recognised leader in English Language Proficiency (ELP) education and is noted for his work in blended and online pedagogies for second language writing and English for Academic Purposes. At UQ, Peter has led the development of innovative online courses showcased in several Q1 teaching-related publications. He is lead writer of the ACE101x/201x Academic English MOOCs, which have attracted 40,000+ learners across 150 countries and transformed English language provision at UQ. Peter is renowned for using language corpora for teaching purposes through an approach known as ‘data-driven learning’ (DDL), creating the School of Languages and Cultures’ first DDL SPOC Improving Writing Through Corpora which now features in assessment practice in other Australian universities as well as in language teacher training materials across UQ and internationally. Students praise Peter’s courses and teaching as engaging and rich in content, winning him a 2021 HASS Teaching Excellence Award. Peter also provides leadership in his role as program convenor of postgraduate Applied Linguistics as exemplified in his novel online WIL practices and helps shape the direction of UQ’s ELP support through service on the UQ ELP Working Party, contributing to the development of all-staff training modules on working with second language writers.

Dr Roma Forbes

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Roma Forbes is a recognised leader in health professional education. She is dedicated to advancing education through authentic, industry-partnered, and sustainable practices that have been adopted and shared on a national and international scale. These impacts complement a sustained, outstanding record of student engagement and alumni success within physiotherapy and other health professional programs at UQ where she supports students to become truly person-centred leaders of the profession. Roma’s impacts in teaching extend to global higher education, where her influence has been transformative. Through true partnership with industry, she has developed resources that empower health professional education practice, fostering work-integrated learning capacity and innovative approaches to patient-centred skill development across diverse teaching and healthcare landscapes. Her contributions as an author of over 60 educational studies and teaching guidelines, predominantly as first author, stands testament to her hapori- (community-) centred approach to knowledge sharing with the goal of empowering others. Roma has received wide recognition of her impact in education including three international awards (Flinders-ANZAHPE Award, 2020; Advance Higher Education Global Impact Award, 2023; ASME Medical Education Developing Scholarship Award, 2023) and an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2021).

Associate Professor Jason Lodge

School of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Through innovative and evidence-informed design, Jason applies the science of learning to his teaching and leadership via an approach that emphasises the importance of relationships. He believes in the power of subtle changes for transforming the learning experiences of his students. Jason manifests this belief by, for example, taking the time to remember each student's name, drawing on learning analytics to provide personalised support and encouragement, and curating online resources based on cutting-edge scholarship. But Jason's influence extends beyond his immediate classroom. He has directly touched the lives of thousands of students through his deeply evidence-informed teaching approaches, many of whom now implement such impactful practices in their own teaching. Furthermore, through his collaborations and influence on colleagues and as a nationally recognised learning and teaching innovator and leader, he has indirectly shaped the learning experiences of many thousands more. Jason's steadfast commitment to translating basic learning research into innovative educational practices, especially his adept incorporation of educational technology, has earned him national and international recognition. He has made significant contributions to UQ’s strategic directions in learning and teaching and has had and continues to significantly impact national higher education policy. Jason talks the talk and walks the walk.

Dr Michael Thai

School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Society and Culture

As a researcher with training in identity, diversity, and inclusion, the child of Vietnamese immigrants, and the first member of his family to attend university, Dr Michael Thai has keen insight into the significance of connection and engagement, particularly for diverse cohorts comprising students from different demographic backgrounds as well as students with different learning needs. His research and lived experiences have guided his teaching philosophy to ensure that every student feels like they belong and feels able to engage in his courses, no matter their background. He actions this philosophy by teaching with genuine care and passion, scaffolding connection between students, and creating accessible, inclusive, and engaging learning resources and experiences. His approach to teaching has allowed him to enrich the student experience in the large, diverse undergraduate psychology courses he has coordinated. His practices have resulted in exceptional student learning and engagement in his courses and have allowed him to adapt his teaching seamlessly to any challenge he has faced (e.g., COVID-19). His teaching leadership has been recognised through awards at the school, faculty, university, and national level, as well as international commendation from peers.

2023 Commendations

Associate Professor Gerhard Hoffstaedter

School of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Society and Culture

Gerhard Hoffstaedter is Associate Professor in Anthropology in the School of Social Science. He has convened the major in anthropology and the school’s honours program, chaired the school’s teaching and learning committee, faculty eLearning subcommittee and driven innovative, enquiry- and object based learning and engaging teaching pedagogy at UQ and beyond. His approach to teaching focuses on inclusive, digital, and blended learning as well as innovative and authentic assessment to make students partners in their collective learning journeys. Gerhard teaches ANTH1030: Anthropology of Current World Issues, ANTH2270: Migration, Culture and Identity and ANTH3050: Ritual, Religion and Performance. ANTH1030 was one of the first courses in the faculty that successfully embedded a MOOC, World101x, that was designed and is directed by Gerhard, into the on campus teaching to internationalise our student experience. His teaching has been recognised by a HASS early career teaching award and the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. As subject expert he has also consulted the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on pedagogy and teaching materials on human trafficking and smuggling, published in a leading anthropology teaching journal and has co-authored an open access introduction to the social sciences textbook (UQ Pressbook).

Associate Professor Noriko Iwashita

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Students in the UQ Master of Applied Linguistics program are linguistically, culturally, and ethnically diverse. Their differing professional, study, and life experiences increase that diversity, presenting a challenge to respond to their multilayered needs and expectations. Recognising and utilising diversity as a strength rather than a problem, Noriko has employed evidence-based teaching approaches to provide a rich learning experience and to attain the highest learning outcomes for her students. In 2018-2021, to move away from the traditional lecture and tutorial format, she introduced innovative teaching methods, including ‘flipped classes’ and revised teaching materials, to promote active student engagement in class activities. Students were invited to help her revise course content and develop new supporting materials in order to incorporate their own voices in the course. Alongside this innovation, learning communities were set up to foster a sense of belonging and mutual support. Noriko’s contribution to innovative teaching practice has been recognised through her students’ high achievements (shown in their employment and further study opportunities), in her scholarly publications, and teaching awards (e.g., Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, HASS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and Higher Education Academy fellowship) for her and her teaching team.

Dr Gilbert Price

School of the Environment, Faculty of Science

Natural and Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Environmental and related studies

‘Earth Science = rocks. And rocks = boring.’ If you've ever encountered this misconception, you're not alone. However, once students step into Gilbert’s captivating learning environment, everything changes. Gilbert, otherwise known as ‘Dr G’ to his students, is on a relentless mission to shatter stereotypes and bring this 18th-century discipline into the vibrant landscape of the 21st century. Earth Science is more than just rocks, and he embraces cutting-edge digital technologies and transformative teaching methods to redefine the educational experience.

With a commitment to creating dynamic and meaningful learning experiences, Dr G motivates and inspires students, supporting them to excel in an inclusive and equitable classroom environment. By integrating interactive digital 3D models, captivating visualisations, and personally curated resources, he ensures engaging and dynamic learning environments, both in physical and virtual settings.

Throughout his career, Dr. G has garnered numerous accolades, including several Dean's Commendations for Excellent Teaching, a 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching Award,' 'Student Choice Best Lecturer,' and 'Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.' His dedication to innovative teaching and research-led practices continues to make a lasting impact on Earth and Environmental Science education, preparing students to become critical thinkers and future leaders in their respective fields.

Dr Millicent Smith

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability, Faculty of Science 

Early Career

Dr Millicent Smith is a Lecturer in Crop Physiology passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of plant scientists. Millicent takes advantage of the environment at UQ’s Gatton Campus and integrates field research from the grains industry into her teaching, providing authentic learning opportunities that inspire student engagement. Collaborating with her colleagues, she has supported the development of initiatives to ensure first-year students with no prior high school biology background can successfully transition to higher education. Overall, Millicent’s passion for teaching, dedication to student success, and collaborative nature make her a valued educator in agricultural science.

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Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

2023 Winners

Destination Nepal

Alison Bourke, Kelly Hooper and Bernadette Watson

School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs that value and enhance student employability

Since 2017, nursing, midwifery and dual degree students from the School of NMSW have had the opportunity to undertake work integrated learning (WIL) in low resource settings in Nepal. This project is partially funded by the New Columbo Plan (NPC) and is equitable for all students as costs are low. The Nepal placement is undertaken in Kathmandu in the district of Thimi (known as Madhyapur). Student placement days are divided between two hospitals and a local school.

This project in Nepal is currently attached to the student's clinical placement course in the second year of their degree. All skills learned within the clinical classroom are transferred to this placement. This project focuses on preparation for placement through workshops, health promotion, development of leadership skills, global health and community development (building capacity within the community and helping the community to become self-sustaining).

The student impact from this project is powerful, ranging from a development of resilience, personal and intellectual growth, increased independence, enhanced cultural competency, and increased career readiness. The program positively contributes to the student’s overall University experience. Benefits continue into their final year of placement and well into their chosen career. The project also has global benefits.

Early Years Experiential Learning in Dentistry Team

Dr Sowmya Shetty, Dr Matthew Nangle, Dr Jessica Zachar, Dr Nicole Stormon

School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Curriculum transformation and innovative pedagogy

Challenges faced by dental curricula include an exponential growth in knowledge, materials, procedures, and technologies for provision of dental care. Due to time devoted to learning and assessment of core technical skills, there is a significant lack of time for students to develop deep understanding of the supporting sciences and their clinical application. A substantial disconnect between the biosciences in early years of the program and clinical courses in later years of the program as well as poor retention of knowledge as material is perceived as not relevant. Students have also described such content-heavy programs as 'brutal'. We created a new inquiry-based curriculum, incrementally rolled out and scaffolded around a series of virtual patients designed collaboratively within the school. Students have reported that the early years experiential experience has provided a way for them to engage in clinical experiences, very early in the program, to get a sense for what it would feel like to be clinicians in later years.

Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice (MPIP) Team

Associate Professor Peter Cabot, Linda McConnell, Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman, Dr Harendra Parekh, Associate Professor Amirali Popat, Jo Williams, Dr James Falconer, Associate Professor Peter Moyle, Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson

School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs that value and enhance student employability

The Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice (MPharmIndPrac) began in semester 2, 2019 and was developed with an employability focus at its core. The program was designed to provide both a broad education platform across the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals (MTP) sector as well as extended placement and research opportunities to enhance students’ transition into the industry or research environment. The MPharmIndPrac offers student flexibility with options for full-time or part-time study; internal and external mode; an option for a graduate certificate & diploma; and entry at either semester one or semester two. The core educational is delivered using a flipped learning model with workshops/tutorials and lectures from industry specialists currently working in the field. In second year, students choose from industry placements; research projects; or further coursework. The industry placements are sourced through our extensive network within Australia or overseas, with a duration of between 12 and 24 weeks. The MPharmIndPrac also provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skillset via our structured employability and placement onboarding program. Our graduate outcomes are outstanding, with MPharmIndPrac graduates successfully gaining employment in the MTP sector, with employment numbers in excess of 85% in the MTP sector

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Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

2023 Winners

Dr Cassandra France 

UQ Business School

For bridging the dynamism gap for undergraduate marketing students: Navigating the dynamic nature of strategic marketing through experiential learning and reflections via 3D printed bicycle simulations.

Dr Juan Carlos Ponce Campuzano

School of Mathematics and Physics

For creating dynamic online simulations that visualise complex mathematical ideas embedded across UQ courses and used globally as an open-access educational resource.

Dr Kate Power

UQ Business School 

For using “I-Thou” relationships to create rich, caring environments that inspire EAL students with the willingness and courage to communicate in a large postgraduate course.                                                                                  

Associate Professor Sergeja Slapničar

UQ Business School 

Innovative work-integrated-learning approach in management accounting course: Students preparing financial projects for UQ Venture startups

The Social Sciences Team

School of Social Sciences

Dr Zoe Staines and Associate Professor Gerhard Hoffstaedter

For co-creating imaginative, innovative, and engaging new resources for social science students to become effective social change agents

2023 Commendations


Dr Frederique Bracoud

School of Economics

‘No-one left behind or held up’: implementing an innovative three-colour scheme that, via small group activities customised to student preparedness, supports all learners’ progression in tutorials.  

Dr Norman Ng

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

The Tutors' Collective: Mentoring, supporting, and empowering health professionals as tutors for effective interprofessional teaching and learning in a foundational interprofessional learning experience.                                    

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Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Tutors

2023 Winners

Dr Csilla Demeter

UQ Business School 

For embracing the ethos of a ‘good host’, providing memorable and authentic tutorial-based learning experiences that meaningfully connect Tourism students with their discipline.

James Tarbit

UQ Business School 

“It makes me want to learn”: For developing a student-led co-creational approach to learning that enhances student engagement in undergraduate and MBA marketing courses.

2023 Commendations

Felix Egger

School of Chemical Engineering 

For helping students to become unstuck coding, unlocking their data literacy skills - key for UQ engineering graduates - and preparing them for lifelong learning.


Alexandra Osika

School of Biomedical Sciences

For healthy study habits in a content heavy course: Learning to learn through deploying relational and reflective pedagogies.

Liam Timms

School of Mathematics and Physics

For “making mathematics accessible”: creating a safe learning environment for Science and Engineering students to learn maths by combatting maths anxiety and making classrooms inclusive.



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Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) have been recognising outstanding teachers in higher education for more than 20 years.

AAUT Awards for Teaching Excellence

2023 Winners

Professor Ann Black

TC Beirne School of Law

Society and Culture

For 2 decades, Professor Ann Black has disrupted UQ law’s traditional teaching paradigm.

Realising that her students only understood the common law, in 2000 Ann began her journey as a pioneer in Islamic law teaching and as an advocate for Asian legal literacy. Committed to equipping students to be informed global citizens who could evaluate other approaches to law, and informed by her research on Sharia and Asia, she designed innovative courses to counter ethnocentric understandings of law.

Aware that traditional law teaching and assessment would not help students ‘get their heads around’ different legal systems, Ann’s distinctive learning and assessment design supports her students to think — and do —differently, giving them confidence to make sense of law in the world. She challenges them with innovative, experiential, creative, and digital forms of assessment embedded into in-class learning.

From the outset, Ann has disseminated her comparative teaching philosophy via articles, books, conferences and keynote presentations, and invited professorships to 7 overseas universities. A nationally and internationally recognised field leader, Ann has represented Australia at Asian and Sharia legal education forums. She is the recipient of 11 UQ Law School teaching awards, and a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence.


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AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Professor Sabine MatookProfessor-Sabine-Matook

UQ Business School
View researcher profile

For innovatively designing a digital work-integrated learning partnership approach that enhances students’ employability in Business Information Systems while inspiring them to ‘give back’ to community organisations. 

Dr Frances ShapterDr Frances Shapter

School of Veterinary Science
View researcher profile

For the development and sustained impact of a self-directed learning ecosystem that inspires, supports and enhances veterinary science students’ skills acquisition to achieve professional self-efficacy.

Associate Professor Christine SladeAssociate Professor Christine Slade

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
View researcher profile

For exemplifying sustained and innovative leadership in academic integrity, skilfully integrating research and practice to empower institutions against emerging threats, and safeguarding assessment across contexts. 

The Urban Design Challenge team, led by Professor Steven KenwayUrban Design Challenge team

EAIT Faculty including School of Architecture, School of Civil Engineering, and Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology

Engaging multidisciplinary student teams in creatively solving complex, real-world sustainable urban design problems
through gamified scenario-driven learning experiences and rich dialogic feedback.

Dr Ryan WilliamsDr Ryan Williams

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
View researcher profile

For curiosity-driven, place-based, and experiential learning approaches in Studies in Religion that cultivate open-mindedness and critical and constructive engagement with difference in multicultural Australia.

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Australian University Teacher of the Year


Dr Poh Wah Hillock

School of Mathematics and Physics
Category: Natural and Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Environmental and related studies
View researcher profile

Listen to Poh's ABC interview with Rebecca Levingston.


 Australian University Teacher of the Year (2022)

Associate Professor Jack Wang

School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience
Category: Biological Sciences, Health and related studies
View researcher profile

 Australian University Teacher of the Year (2020)

The Psychology of Criminal Justice team

Professor Blake McKimmie (view researcher profile)
Professor Barbara Masser (view researcher profile)
Professor Mark Horswill (view researcher profile)

School of Psychology
Category: Social and Behavioural Sciences


 Australian University Teacher of the Year (2019)

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Other awards

Besides the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), other national awards have been recognising and rewarding the work of our excellent teachers:

Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards

2022 Finalist – Teaching and learning excellence

Urban Design Challenge

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (and others)

Team: Professor Steven Kenway, Dr Paola Leardini, A/Prof llje Pikaar, Dr Sebastian Darchen, Cathryn Chatburn, Mojtaba Moravej, Diana Navarro, Beata Sochaka, Dr Alice Strazzabosco, Niloo Tara, Shenbagameenal Surendran, and Sam Lemons (UQ), A/Prof Brian McIntosh (Griffith), A/Prof Steve Conrad (Colorado State University)

The Urban Design Challenge is a unique, creative, scenario-driven, game-based learning experience where engineering, architecture, water, and planning student teams collaboratively solve complex real-world sustainable urban design problems.

Urban Design Challenge

2022 Finalist – Employability

Developing a collaborative practice-ready health workforce

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Lead: Dr Norman Ng

Dr Norman Ng leads the delivery of HLTH1000 Professions, People and Healthcare, an innovative course that builds the students' ability to deliver quality care for patients by promoting collaborative practices for allied health. Accrediting bodies have endorsed the inter-professional education curriculum and expressed their satisfaction with UQ and its health partners.

Norman Ng

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Reimagine Education Awards

2022 Gold Winner – Innovation in Business Education Award

UQ MBA Innovation Bridge

UQ Business School

The 'Innovation Bridge' team has been working with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to address the growing challenges created by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

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Engagement Australia Excellence Awards (previously BHERT Awards)

2022 Winner – Excellence in Student and Alumni

UQ ChangeMakers

UQ Alumni Relations and Engagement Centre

Recognising outstanding programs that improve student and alumni engagement and enhance the quality and impact of higher education.

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edX Prizes

2022 Finalist, Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning

Academic English (ACE101x)

School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Peter Crosthwaite

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2019 Finalist, Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning

Leading high-performing teams / Business leadership MicroMasters Program

UQ Business School

Team: Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons, Associate Professor Bernard McKenna, Associate Professor Tyler G. Okimoto, Richard O’Quinn

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U21 Award

2023 Winner

Dr Miriam Moeller

UQ Business School

Dr Moeller’s teaching and research in global human resources and international business management helps students prepare to live and work internationally – both those coming into Australia and those heading overseas after graduation. About one million Australians live and work abroad and Miriam’s courses aim to prepare graduates for the challenges as well as the rewards. Dr Moeller has taught more than 2,600 students in disciplines including International Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Engineering, Tourism, Psychology, Finance and more, in almost 10 years at UQ.

Her courses in International HR Management and Global Business Management are designed to help students develop practical skills and connections with mobility mentors while providing resources to assist with the transition to the global job markets.


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

2023 Winner

Craig Jones

UQ Skills

UQ Skills Master Farrier and Farriery Trainer, Craig Jones, has been announced as a regional Darling Downs South West finalist for a 2023 Queensland Training Award.

Mr Jones was selected in the category of VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year – recognising innovation and excellence by a teacher or trainer in a registered training organisation.


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