Professor Andy Martin
Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching
School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, Massey University
“I don’t describe myself as just a teacher instructing specific skills or curriculum content, but rather as an educator coaching individuals”.
Andy’s teaching is a unique blend of enthusiasm, student-centred learning and subject passion, and it is evidence and research-based. Learners’ undertake a critical analysis of literature, reflection (personal and professional), and the use of real-world experiences. Andy really inspires sport management students. They say, “you’re been the lecturer (by a long mile) with the greatest passion and desire to be the best they can be”, “I know you want the best for me and I wouldn’t have got through without your help” and “you are the one who fuelled my passion to carry on”.
This educator listens carefully to students and openly admits to learning much from them, “My expertise is also the result of 25 years of students giving me good ideas”. Central to Andy’s teaching philosophy is inspiring students to build professional relationships with each other and teachers.
His excellent teaching has received several awards including the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence and the Academic Fellowship Award. Andy is an inspirational teacher who maintains a critical balance between the demands of his subject and the dynamic challenges of exceptional teaching practice.