Selene Mize

Prime Minister’s Supreme Award recipient 2009

Also award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

"I discovered a love for teaching based on the joy of seeing students grow and develop."

Passion for the law coupled with a deep commitment to teaching underpins Selene Mize’s exceptional practice. Selene is an excellent teacher who designs learning that engages and stretches students. For more than 20 years she has demonstrated sustained excellence and is regarded by students and colleagues as an inspirational teacher. Her teaching draws on her nationally and internationally recognized expertise in client interviewing, client counselling and legal negotiation. The outcomes of Selene’s skills are clearly evident through her coaching of New Zealand teams from the five law schools to achieve great success in international counselling and negotiation competitions.

Selene places a high priority on staying current in respect to her teaching practice and to her discipline. She has embraced innovations that can enhance her teaching and she shares her expertise through participation in a range of university and New Zealand wide teaching initiatives. Described by one of her past students as “an inspiration, and an irreplaceable gift to the legal profession”, Selene is a shining example of an outstanding tertiary educator who is creative and innovative in her practice.