Kudos for top teacher at national awards

28 Feb 2019

A University of Queensland teacher has been given top marks for her dedication and innovative approaches to student learning at the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

UQ Business School’s Associate Professor April Wright received an Award for Teaching Excellence at a ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday evening.

Associate Professor Wright was recognised for transforming the learning experiences of business students in large core courses at the beginning and end of the undergraduate program.

“I’ve been privileged to be involved in the learning journeys of thousands of business students and to support them to develop their understanding of management theory and practice in ways that bring value to employers when they graduate,” Associate Professor Wright said.

“It’s an honour to receive national recognition for my work as an innovative educator and for my scholarship and research activities associated with teaching and learning.”

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Associate Dean (Academic) Professor Polly Parker said Associate Professor Wright’s innovative teaching methods had contributed to the enrichment of the student experience.

“April is a leader in her field with a genuine passion for education,” Professor Parker said. 

“She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to improving student learning outcomes by thoughtfully integrating methods such as online simulations, case studies and team-based learning modules into her teaching.

“Her work is a reflection of what we are striving for at the BEL Faculty – innovative, best practice learning and teaching across the board.”

Acting UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Doune Macdonald said she was delighted to see two outstanding teachers – Associate Professor Wright and Associate Professor Timothy McIntyre from the School of Mathematics and Physics – recognised at a national level.

“These awards are incredibly well-deserved and we’re extremely proud of April and Tim,’’ she said.

“They’re accomplished teachers who have spent their careers dedicated to delivering the best possible education for students.

“These awards not only put value on the work they do, but also highlight the extraordinary contributions made by all of our teachers.”

UQ was also awarded three AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, which recognise and reward diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching have been recognising outstanding teachers in higher education for more than 20 years.

This story was originally published on UQ News.

Contact: Business School Communications Manager, Emma Pryor e.pryor@business.uq.edu.au