We’re thrilled that five of our teaching staff have been recognised with prestigious national teaching citations this week.

The 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are awarded through the Australian Government’s Australian Awards for University Teaching program.

University of Newcastle staff recognised include:

Dr Catriona Malau from the Faculty of Education and Arts was awarded for incorporating engaging resources into the linguistics course for Bachelor of Teaching students, which demonstrate the relevance of the course content to their degree program.

Dr Liam Phelan, from the Academic and Global Relations Division, was recognised for inspiring active online student engagement by designing and implementing innovative and highly effective initiatives to foster online students’ sense of belonging to learning communities.

The University’s Public Health Pre-Service Teaching Team – Dr Marita Lynagh, Dr Sue Outram and Dr Conor Gilligan – was awarded for pioneering a model to teach and manage sensitive and controversial issues in schools, such as sexuality, mental health, grief and loss, and child protection.

The citations will be presented to these outstanding University of Newcastle staff at a ceremony in Sydney on 25 September.