Less than two months after being named 2012 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, Professor Phil Morgan has once again been honoured with a prestigious national award.

In recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to teaching, Professor Morgan has received an Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching, presented by the Office for Learning and Teaching.

The awards celebrate the nation’s most outstanding university teachers and recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Professor Morgan received his Award last night at the official ceremony hosted at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

The Co-Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and lecturer in the School of Education continues to build on his multidisciplinary expertise that draws from the fields of education, nutrition, epidemiology and health promotion.

Over the past six years, Professor Morgan’s work in teaching and research has been recognised with more than 20 academic awards including eight university teaching excellence awards, and five national/international research awards.

Acknowledged in 2006 as an outstanding early career academic, Professor Morgan is now recognised as an education leader in the sector.

Professor Morgan has taught primary school preservice teachers how to teach Health and Physical Education (HPE) for 15 years. His teaching integrates evidence-based quality teaching principles and is informed by his research, which focuses on school and community-based obesity prevention programs.