Dr Kathryn Hay
Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, Massey University
"I am excited by the way the experiential learning process involves students directly in the learning process and facilitates their critical reflection on their experiences so that they gain a better understanding of their new knowledge".
Kathryn’s commitment to social justice has driven her work in social work field education for the last 15 years. This commitment is evident in her teaching approach which focuses on participation, inclusion, and empowerment. One student said, “you are very attentive and inclusive, which made it easy to engage and share”. Her innovative practice breaks down the boundaries between theory and practice to help students navigate the challenges inherent in field placements. She facilitates student engagement through media-rich interactive and authentic learning experiences, and by providing safe spaces in which students can share their histories and emotions, and critically reflect on their learning in practice.
Kathryn brings a wealth of leadership experience to social work field education through her contributions to local and national committees, her research and scholarship, and resource development. However, what brings her “joy” is being part of students’ personal and professional development and educational success. Hence her constant focus on teaching excellence. A colleague commented she is “an excellent teacher committed to her students and in providing high-quality learning experiences”.