Faculty educators awarded for their innovation and excellence

We are delighted to announce that a number of our Faculty educators were recognised as part of the 2021 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

The AAUT recognises the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. The awards have become a valued form of recognition for university educators Australia-wide.

“Educators at Monash make a fundamental and positive difference to the lives and opportunities of our students and recognition of them through these awards affirms this. The awards also confirm the continuing educational excellence demonstrated at Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” said Professor Sharon Pickering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Senior Vice-President.

Reflecting on the Faculty’s achievements, Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said that these awards are an important recognition of our teaching staff.

“It’s incredible to see that their dedication and commitment to student learning has only soared, despite all of the challenges faced throughout this pandemic,” Professor Mitchell said.

Congratulations to our Faculty award recipients:

Teaching Awards: 

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

Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus

For practice that spans Associate Professor Lazarus’s decade-long career in higher education and her evidence-based educational initiatives supporting work-ready graduates. Her work has an ongoing influence on healthcare curricula globally, and is also impacting the future healthcare worker pipeline through consultations with Education Services Australia.

Program Awards:

The Program Awards recognise programs and services that enhance learning and improve the quality of the student experience in higher education.

Professor Marilyn Baird, Dr Kirsten Schliephake, Dr Liesl Heinrich, and Dr Allie Ford

The team has been recognised for the development of integrating Science And Practice (iSAP) – a case-based assessment approach for students that stimulates the development of situated knowledge and metacognition. It has been adopted into 14 discipline areas at Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Citation Awards:

Citations recognise and reward the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.

Recognised for their work in developing a Collaborative Care Curriculum (CCC) framework across 12 health professional education courses. Evaluation of the impact indicated the curriculum has prepared students well for the challenges of interprofessional practice in the workplace.

Recognised for the work of the Gukwonderuk Indigenous Academic team of five Indigenous academics located within the Gukwonderuk Unit in leading change in cultural safety and Indigenous health education with more than 10,000 students and for the development of a variety of resources for educators and students.

For inspiring students to creatively and collaboratively animate molecular and cellular biology concepts to deepen their learning.

To see a list of all award recipients, view the AAUT media release.


About Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its foundation, it has developed a reputation for world-leading high-impact research, quality teaching, and inspiring innovation.

With four campuses in Australia and a presence in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Italy, it is one of the most internationalised Australian universities.

As a leading international medical research university with the largest medical faculty in Australia and integration with leading Australian teaching hospitals, we consistently rank in the top 50 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.

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