2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards

Monash has recognised staff who demonstrated the very best in education and research across the Monash community, and the outstanding contributions of University staff, at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Education and Research Awards and 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards.

Education and Research Award nominees represented a diverse group from a range of disciplines, campuses and faculties. Particularly heartening this year was seeing so many award winners recognised for the outstanding way in which they adapted their education and research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Excellence Awards acknowledged those who contribute above and beyond the requirements of their roles, and foster cross-University collaboration to achieve positive outcomes for staff and students. For the first time this year, the awards expanded to include the University’s staff both in Australia and overseas.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners and everyone involved in creating such a wonderful celebration of excellence at Monash.

Vice-Chancellor’s Education and Research Award Winners 2021

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Dr Jennifer Bleazby
Faculty of Education

Dr Ilya Fridman
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

A/Prof Cornelia Landersdorfer
Dr David Shackleford
Dr Yassmin Samak
A/Prof Joseph Nicolazzo
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career)

Brendan Shannon
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Teaching Associate)

Tom Harber
Faculty of Law

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor Wayne Geerling
Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Kiri Beilby
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (Technological)

Dr Mary Jesselyn (Jess) Co
Faculty of Business and Economics

Professor Rob Hyndman and Professor George Athanaso
Faculty of Business and Economics

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Professor Claire Palermo
Dr Lisa Barker
A/Prof Simon Gibson
Dr Tammie Choi
Janeane Dart
Dr Sue Kleve
Amanda Anderson
Evelyn Volders
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr Sharyn Livy and Dr Ann Downton
Faculty of Education

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Honours Supervision

Associate Professor Sean Cain
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Industry Education Programs

A/Prof Libby Callaway
A/Prof Kate Tregloan
Professor Aron Shlonsky
Matthew Bangerter
Dr Christina Ekegren
Dr Natasha Brusco
A/Prof Cylie Williams
Dr Natasha Layton
Derrick Martin
Professor Prue Morgan
Professor Ellie Fossey
Sue Sloan
Dr Em Bpuld
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Monash Centre for Professional Development
Monash Online Education

Special Commendation - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Industry Education Programs

Professor Debra Griffiths
Samantha Dix
A/Prof Helen Rawson
A/Prof Julia Morphet
A/Prof Philip Russo
Sarah Watson
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researchers (HASS)

Dr Akane Kanai
Faculty of Arts

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researchers (STEM)

Dr Jeremy Barr
Faculty of Science

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Enterprise

Professor Julian Elliot
Saskia Cheyne
Dr Britta Tendal
Shauna Hurley
Dr David Fraile Navarro
Jessie Hewitt
A/Prof Tari Turner
A/Prof Josh Vogel
Miranda Cumpston
Rhinnon Tate
Dr Samantha Chakraborty
Jaspreet Sidhu
Bronwyn Morris-Donovan
Declan Primmer
Tanya Millard
Samantha Timms
Melissa Murano
Eloise Hudson
Alex Poole
Linh Tieu
Steve McDonald
Dr Brea Kunstley
Uma Symonds
Heath White
Sharon Gurry
Jane Henty
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact)

A/Prof David McCarthy
Dr Yussi Marlene Palacios Delgado
Christelle Schang
Luke Shi
Miao Wang
Yitian Yuan
Peter Kolotelo
Eric Zhu
Dr Rebekah Henry
Chi-Wen Tseng
Faculty of Engineering

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision

Professor Ben Boyd
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash Honour Roll Inductees 2021

Professor Maria Garcia De La Banda
Faculty of Information Technology

Professor Eric Morand
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

2021 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award for Occupational Health & Safety

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) recognise staff (individuals and teams) who have made an outstanding contribution by implementing innovative and exciting ideas in OH&S at Monash.

Individual Award

Rose Bond
Monash University Health Services

Helen Powell Award For Health And Wellbeing

Health And Wellbeing Strategic Committee
Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Professor Kim Cornish
Assoc Professor Vicki Ashton
Andrew Marks
Janine Murray-Zaia
Brett Lavale
Shirley Yee
Vladimir Prpich
Dr Zen Goh
Natasha Bucker
Jane Dancey
Professor Claire Palermo
Trisha Prpich
Emma Paolucci
Sabrina Martenstyn
Kim Turudia
Dr Lucie Joschko
Assoc Professor Julie Brimblecombe
Christopher Flynn
Jennifer Dordevic
Darlene Mcgown
Dr Kendra Wasiluk
Heather Chapman
Tong Wang
Melinda Mccabe

Team Award Winner

Laboratory Services Team
Faculty Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Stephen Thompson
Rachelina D'agruma
Dr Kylie Wilson
Dr Smita Mehta
Barbara Smith
Ann-Maree Jefferis
Dr Pamu Kularathna
Michelle Demetrious
Dr Anita Barry
Narelle Metcalf
Kushani Weerakoon
Dr Scott Clarke
Danielle West
Marie Bond
Frances Broomhead
Hinal Vekaria
Chris Bramich
Dr Kim Catania
Dr Claire Hirst

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards for Diversity and Inclusion recognise staff (individuals and teams) who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash and beyond.

Special Commendation 

Dr Kirsten Ellis
Faculty Of Information Technology

Individual Award Winner

Dr Jessica Borger
Faculty Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Special Team Commendation

Women's Empowerment Network Monash University Malaysia

Alvin Fernandez
Anisha Kaur
Diana Chee
Assoc Professor Jane Tong
Assoc Professor Lakshmi Selvaratnam
Li Fong Siow
Lilian Sharmini Kesavamani
Professor Maude Phipps
Dr Rizwanah Souket Ali
Shamala K Krishnan
Assoc Professor Sharon Bong
Professor Uma Devi Palanisamy
Dr Yatinesh Kumari
Yen Jun Wong
Nirmala Devarajan
Nur Zawanah Zabidi
Parveen Kaur Sidhu Didar Singh

Team Award Winner

Her Research Matters
Faculty Of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Karen Gregory
Dr Lauren May
Assoc Professor Michelle Halls

Team Award Winner

Health & Physical Education Team
Faculty Of Education

Dr Karen Lambert
Professor Richard Pringle
Professor Ruth Jeanes
Dr Laura Alfrey
Assoc Professor Justen O'connor
Dr lisahunter

Professional Staff Excellence Award

This award has a particular focus on recognising staff who supporting workplace wellbeing and resilience. The awards recognised the contributions of professional staff who excelled, going above and beyond the requirements of their roles to demonstrate significant and sustained achievement.

Individual Award Winner

Lara McKinley
Faculty Of Education

Special Team Commendation

Academic Safety Net Project Team
Cross-Portfolio Collaboration Led By Student And Education Business Services (SEBS)

Brent Muir
Rossouw Engelbrecht
Mark Hatwell
Brendan De Souza
Aloka Jayasekera
Shalini Mendu
Deepa Ravichandran
Mike Ohrimenko
Jasmine Atkin
Dr Candice Menidis
Greg  Coulepis
Edan Goodall
Cherie Chan
Matthew Maramot
Paul Victoriano
Russell Cadapan
Natalie Bloomfield
Venkatachalam Vairavan
Robyn Lethlean
Edward Argles
Bianca Gabel

Team Award Winner

Medicine Course Md Professional Staff Team
Faculty Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Jodie Vickers
Debbie Persighetti
Daisy Rego
Leigh Segal
Selvi Vijayaratnam
Pauline Forbes
Sharon New
Kathleen Corcoran
Katrina Hill
Jessica Lai