An expert in enhancing teaching and learning in higher education, an environmental epidemiologist who enables students to become well-rounded practitioners, and the coordinator of a program that matches students with industry professionals were this week recognised with prestigious awards.
The University of Western Australia's recipients of the Australian Awards for University Teaching are Winthrop Professor Denise Chalmers, Professor Jane Heyworth and Ms Jo Hocking.
The Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are administered by the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Professor Chalmers is Director of the University's Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Her award is "For 25 years of scholarly innovation and leadership to enhance student learning and engagement through developing university teachers and teaching." Professor Chalmers has led and been a member of several national Australian University Teaching Council and Office of Learning and Teaching projects such as rewarding and recognising quality teaching and learning through developing teaching and learning performance indicators in Australian universities, measuring the effectiveness and impact of professional development and the Australian university teaching and criteria standards framework project.
Professor Heyworth is Sub Dean of Health Science in UWA's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. She is an environmental epidemiologist with specific research interests in environmental causes of cancer and the impact of air and water contamination on health. Her research has focused on a number of environmental exposures including asbestos, pesticides, brominated flame retardants and heavy metals. Her award is "For encouraging, inspiring and enabling students to become well rounded practitioners through application-based learning and supporting their journey from enrolment to graduation."
Ms Hocking coordinates UWA's Career Mentor Link program - a mentoring program that matches students with industry professionals. She is responsible for all aspects of the program and organises events and learning opportunities for the program's 600 participants who are based in Perth and Singapore. Her award is "For sustained contributions to student learning and engagement through development of an innovative industry mentoring program that promotes students' personal and career development learning."