Dr Ross McDonald

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland

“Projecting minds out to a wider world.

Ross is recognised both within New Zealand and internationally for his leadership in business ethics education. He is a charismatic lecturer who makes his learners think about the world and their place in it.

A master facilitator, he seeks to co-create learning with his learners and build on their experiences. Learners greatly appreciate this interactive approach. As one comments: 'I feel more engaged with the world and able to have intelligent debate as a result of this course.'

His experiences of working with Pacific Islands leaders and Māori communities have greatly informed Ross’s practice: they have reinforced for him the need for integrity as a teacher and the value of storytelling. Ross’s approach to teaching is well summarised by a former learner now a colleague: 'When I was a student I found your lectures nothing short of inspirational and the very essence of what I consider university to be about – challenging, thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating. When I started teaching, I always had your lectures at the back of my mind as a blueprint.'