UQ Business School academic recognised for outstanding teaching

4 Aug 2008
UQ Business School's Dr John Steen will receive a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council at a Brisbane ceremony Monday 4 August. Formerly known as The Carrick Institute, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) recognises, rewards, and supports outstanding teaching in Australia. Professor Richard Johnstone, ALTC Executive Director, said citations were awarded to people who make a significant contribution to the quality of student learning. "Dr John Steen has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to student learning through his voluntary coaching of University of Queensland teams participating in the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Strategy Competition over several years," he said. Steen said his work with the teams from 2003 to 2006 had improved his teaching - so all students benefited. "BCG teams have to respond to a case study under competitive conditions and in preparing the teams, my own approach to the case method has evolved." "I now use cases extensively in my strategy classes, as do the other strategy lecturers in the School." "The success of the methodology is reflected in the assessment of my teaching by my students." Head of UQ Business School Professor Tim Brailsford said he was delighted with the citation. He said, "John has also been recognised by our own internal teaching awards, which are based on student feedback."