2010 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
A printmaking lecturer and a leading scholar in te Ao Māori (the Māori world) last night joined nine other excellent teachers to make their mark on New Zealand’s top teaching awards.
At a parliamentary ceremony hosted by Hon Steven Joyce, the Minister for Tertiary Education, the eleven tertiary teachers gathered together from a wide range of universities and institutes of technology and polytechnics to receive recognition for sustained excellence and commitment to their teaching and students.
Marty Vreede, a senior lecturer in Printmaking at the Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui Universal College of Learning (UCOL), took out the top award of the evening - the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, which included a cheque for $30,000.
The new sustained excellence award for 2010, “Sustained excellence in teaching in a kaupapa Māori context” was presented to Te Kahautu Maxwell, who is a senior lecturer from the School of Māori and Pacific Development at The University of Waikato (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Awa, Tuhoe, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Maniapoto).
Hon Steven Joyce and Marty Vreede
The nine other recipients of “Sustained Excellence” awards, each receiving $20,000, were:
- Maxine Alterio - Principal Lecturer, Educational Development Centre, Otago Polytechnic
- Dr Phil Bishop - Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Otago
- Scott Bregmen - Senior Tutor and Programme Co-ordinator, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Wellington Institute of Technology
- Dr Alison Campbell - Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Waikato
- Dr Angie Farrow - Senior Lecturer, School of English and Media Studies, Massey University
- Margaret Henley - Senior Tutor, Department of Film, Television and Media Studies, The University of Auckland
- Sara Kindon - Senior Lecturer, School of Geography Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
- Emily Parker - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury
- Kelly Pender - Senior Academic Staff Member and Programme Coordinator, Certificates in Fitness, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Emeritus Professor Noeline Alcorn, Chair of the Tertiary Teaching Awards Committee, says the quality of the winning portfolios was humbling. The diversity of situations in which excellence in teaching ocurred was also striking. This group of exceptional teachers demonstrated passion for what they were teaching and for the achievement and well-being of their students. They are an inspirational group.
Dr Peter Coolbear, National Director of Ako Aotearoa comments: “Once again the panel have had the hard, but immensely rewarding task of identifying the award winners from a very wide range of exceptional tertiary teachers. Each of the winners is an inspirational educator who has made a tremendous contribution to their discipline and their learners. These are people who open up new horizons for their students and change lives.”
Award recipients and Hon Steven Joyce
A slideshow of some photos from the event