Accounting lecturer claims number one spot in web poll

4 Dec 2008
UQ Business School's Associate Professor Julie Walker has been voted 2008's Lecturer of the Year in a survey of more than 61,000 university staff and students. Dr Walker, who teaches accounting, polled the most votes from a group of more than 2,500 university lecturers from around Australia. The online survey is run by the university job website UniJobs and is dedicated to promoting and rewarding outstanding teachers in the nation's higher education sector. Dr Walker said she was honoured and flattered by the recognition, which she said played an important role in the maintenance of teaching quality in Australia. "These awards are vital, particularly in the field of business where people tend to ignore the quality of the teaching and just focus on the output, which is the student at the end," Dr Walker said. "It is particularly important for somewhere like The University of Queensland where people sometimes assume that because we are leaders in research we don't place as much emphasis on teaching quality when in fact we have very high standards." The University of Queensland continues to perform well in national measures of teaching excellence. Earlier in 2008 two UQ lecturers received Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for Teaching Excellence. The University has won more national awards for teaching than any other Australian university in the awards' history.