2016 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardees

In 2016, 12 Sustained Excellence Awards were presented to teachers who demonstrated commitment to their subject, expert knowledge, enthusiasm, and the ability to engage and excite learners and help them succeed in their studies. The Prime Ministers Supreme Award went to Professor Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law, University of Otago.

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Prime Minister’s Supreme Award recipient 2016

Supporting learners to become humble, confident and broad thinking leaders

Some of my proudest career moments are when I know I have made a life-long difference for students because of my teaching.”

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Dr Judith Bateup

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Outstanding communicator of science and microbiology to New Zealand’s next generation of scientists.

“We are the guardians of our discipline…it is important that microbiology is seen, heard and understood in the community.”

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Dr Margaret Brunton

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Coaching learners into high performance - cultivating their skills for lifelong learning.

“To me, successful and fulfilling education should foster the process of thinking, thus highlight the utter joy (and sometimes pain) of lifelong learning.”

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Associate Professor Martin East

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Igniting the thinking and energising the practice of the next generation of language teachers

“Reflection on effective teaching and learning underpins my practice.”

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Dr Megan Gibbons

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Using a mixture of challenge and support, Megan enables learners to shine and make a difference

“I have a strong belief that in order to create connections to enable students to learn you have to first create relationship and you need to show generosity and uphold the mana of those around you to enable the learning to occur.”

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Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching – Kaupapa Māori category

Teaching with transformative intent underpinned by a strong critical engagement with social issues and Māori advancement

“My practice is based on the principles of āta (to grow and nuture relationships) and manaakitanga (generosity, care, respect and support) in a student-centred environment.” 

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Dr Azra Moeed

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

An outstanding educator for both new and existing teachers

“What I have learnt from the students has helped me to become a better teacher.”

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Richard Nyhof

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Destined to teach engineering through innovative learner-centred experiences

“My first loves are maths, the sciences, logical systems and thinking – these are the subjects I help students to understand, break down, put together, and most importantly, critique.”

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James Oldfield

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

At the forefront of designing and implementing mobile learning pedagogies throughout the world

“Nothing is more important to me than ensuring that learning is authentic.”

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Matthew Thompson

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Growing New Zealand’s future top tradespeople

“I am to make a difference to the lives of students; especially those who have not excelled at school but in the right environment can fulfil their potential.”

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Professor Darryl Tong

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Creating belief for great possibilities in the minds of his learners

“I am entrusted to inspire young people to learn and develop into thinking and caring health professionals.”

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Dr Rachel Zajac

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Authentic, compassionate, humorous and enthusiastic – four factors that underpin Rachels rapport with learners

“I use an arsenal of illustrative techniques to demonstrate how psychological science surprises us.” 

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