Three lecturers at the University of Wollongong have received national recognition of their dedication, leadership, and support of student learning.
They were presented Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning during the 2019 Australian Awards for University Teaching.
The awards supported by Universities Australia were announced during a ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday night.
International studies lecturer Dr Hironori (Nori) Onuki received the Citation for his focus on creating a learner-centred teaching approach that recognises the diverse range of learning styles among his students.
"Before coming to Australia, I studied and taught in culturally and linguistically diverse settings in Japan, the US, Canada and the Philippines. This trans-Pacific journey confirmed to me how important it is to recognise students' various backgrounds and desires in order to effectively inspire and motivate them," Dr Onuki said.
Associate Professor Montse Ros's Citation acknowledged her efforts to improve the first-year experience of students and help to prepare them for the years of study to come.
"It is an overwhelming feeling to be recognised by my peers in the sector, for the hard work and effort I have dedicated to my teaching and the student experience," Associate Professor Ros said.
Dr Sasha Nikolic, a senior lecturer in engineering, was awarded the Citation for developing research-led practice and curricula to create career-ready learning experiences for his students.
It is the second time Dr Nikolic has been awarded a Citation after receiving the same honour in 2012.
"I am passionate about teaching and learning because you always remember the people who made a difference in your life. When you help build someone's foundation, such as their education, if you stand out and influence impact, they will remember that," Dr Nikolic said.
Professor Theo Farrell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at UOW, congratulated the trio for their dedication to their students and to creating a unique and innovative learning environment.
"The awards reflect our staff's hard work, dedication, and ingenuity in identifying ways to connect with and engage our students," Professor Farrell said.