Vice-Chancellor Teaching Awards

Monday 16 June 2014

The University’s finest educators have been recognised for their dedication to teaching and engagement with students at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Education recently, including two Medical School academics.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, said that the awards act as a springboard for recognising the University’s most effective and dedicated educators on the national stage.

“These educators are brave, embracing a changing educational landscape by becoming innovative, reflective and responsive in their style,” he says.

“Their willingness to listen, adapt and improve for the benefit of their students is inspirational.”

Associate Professor Christine Phillips received the Award for Teaching Excellence.

Determined to be both a doctor and an educator, Associate Professor Phillips enrolled in a teaching degree while still a junior hospital resident. Over the last decade, she has taught applied social sciences to over 900 medical students, drawing the links between theory and practice using her clinical work among marginalised populations. This innovative program of teaching, Social Foundations of Medicine, has demonstrated that medical students can learn to value social sciences as much as hard sciences. Christine continues to mentor graduate doctors in the fields of social medicine, following their development from novices to experts.

"Above all, Dr Phillips injects a sense of humour and fun into a challenging course, reminding students that learning can be enjoyable." (student)

"Her teaching style, enthusiasm and clear interest in topics made it very easy to be stimulated by the subject. It has been one of my favourite aspects of the medical course" (student)

Associate Professor Imogen Mitchell received a Special Commendation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Associate Professor Mitchell is a Senior Staff Specialist and Director of Intensive Care at Canberra Hospital and has been interested in clinical research for more than 14 years. Her teaching philosophy embraces partnering with students in a shared understanding and negotiation of mutual goals in a context-specific environment. Imogen's teaching is informed by her research and authenticated by her clinical credibility and leadership. These are critical ingredients in stimulating and motivating reliable, credentialed and capable medical practitioners for the future.

Photo: (L to R): Mr Chris Browne, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO, Associate Professor Christine Phillips. Photo by Stuart Hay, ANU



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