2019 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardees

In 2019, 10 teachers have received sustained excellence awards for their contribution to tertiary teaching and learning under the General and Kaupapa Māori categories. The Prime Minister's Supreme Award went to Andrew Eberhard, Director – Business Masters programmes in the Graduate School of Management, The University of Auckland.

Dr Ngarino Ellis

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching – Kaupapa Māori category

Dr Ngarino is a role model for how to infuse Kaupapa Māori approaches in a way that creates safe and stimulating learning environments for all students.

“The values instilled by my grandparents shape my life and are at the core of my teaching practice."

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Ahorangi Tuarua Mera Penehira

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching – Kaupapa Māori category

Reframing pedagogy through the application of Ako and Kaupapa Māori has driven Mera's academic journey, to challenge existing conventions and maximise Māori educational success.  

“To embody the notion of ako is to also understand that I am both an educator and a learner every time I engage with students.”

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Peter Bier

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Peter is energetic in his exploration of new ways to improve his teaching. He is student-centric, and works hard to understand where students are at and then helps them move to where they need to be.

“Dynamic teachers do more than show and tell. They foster a love for the subject and a life-long love for learning.”

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Andrew Eberhard

Prime Minister’s Supreme Award Winner 2019

Andrew demonstrates a strong commitment, dedication and learner-centred passion for teaching. This shines through in the way he systematically identifies learner needs; employing a wide range of strategies to provide feedback and support to lift the achievement of all learners.

“Excellent teaching in Information Systems is about motivating students to take a lead in discovering and exploring the field.”

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Associate Professor Andrew Luxton-Reilly

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Andrew ensures people can achieve their absolute best during their studies and beyond, through his gift for sharing the excitement of learning with students and colleagues alike.

“For me, excellent teaching is about sharing my passion for computing, stimulating curiosity and conveying to students why Computer Science matters..."

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Associate Professor Kathryn MacCallum

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Kathryn has combined her passions for both technology and learning into a highly effective approach to teaching, whereby her students are active participants in creating an interesting and positive learning experience.

“I strongly believe learning should be a shared process in which my role is to facilitate this process and encourage my students in their own learning journeys.”

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Dr David McMorran

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Through his passion and enthusiasm, David exudes commitment to those he teaches. He strives to make chemistry real and wants his students to see it as a means to understand the world they’re living in.

“Chemistry goes on around us all the time – the trick is to try to find ways to connect students’ experience of this to the underlying science being taught.”

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Dr Masayoshi Ogino

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Dr Masayoshi Ogino creates a multi-layered learning environment featuring learner-focused course design and networks his students with groups in the local and internet community.

“My passion is to help my students explore new ways of thinking about a world of diverse peoples and cultures..."

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Dr Heather Purdie

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Heather embeds sound and innovative pedagogical practice into her teaching through her use of the real field and her reimagining of the field in the classroom – by bringing the outdoors in.

“To really care for our environment we not only need to understand it, but also feel connected to it. ‘Bringing the outside in’ is one way in which I foster that connection…”

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Dr Cami Sawyer

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Cami’s enthusiasm for students and passion for mathematics leads to excellent teaching. Cami dives deep into theory with a connectionist approach. She is a thoughtful and influential teacher with a rock solid foundation of effective practice both in the classroom and online.

“Excellent teaching is about being a ‘connectionist’, getting students to think about new concepts and make connections with earlier learning.”

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