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Emeritus Professor receives second honour

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor John Burrows, ONZM, QC who has been made a Companion of the Order (CNZM) in the 2017 New Year Honours. His honour comes three years after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Emeritus Professor Burrows was appointed the Chair of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel in February 2015 and led the Panel throughout the flag consideration project. Professor Burrows’ chairmanship was notable for its professionalism, and for his careful and considered approach and commitment to delivering an inclusive process resulting in significant public engagement.

He is a UC law lecturer, author, former member of the Law Commission, and was co-chairman of the Panel which reviewed the New Zealand constitution in 2012 and 2013.

Read his full citation here and see who else received a CNZM

Read more news coverage here

New Year Honour for UC Adjunct Professor

David Mitchell.wewCongratulations to Dr David Mitchell, Adjunct Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year’s Honours List:

Dr Mitchell’s citation for services to education reads:

Dr David Mitchell is a world leader in the field of inclusive education and has held a wide range of international appointments, including various visiting professor and research fellow appointments, speaker at a range of international conferences, and various UNESCO consultancies.

Dr Mitchell’s UNESCO consultancies have primarily focused on inclusive education and the development of education for children with special needs in countries such as India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan among others. His book ‘What Really Works in Special Education: Using Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies’ (2008 and 2014) has been published in six languages and is in high demand. He has published more than 200 works across books, book chapters, journal articles and reports and has delivered more than 130 papers at conferences in New Zealand and internationally.

He has been a long-standing member of the editorial boards of six international special education/disability journals. Within New Zealand he was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Special Education, which steered the development and implementation of the foundation special education policy ‘Special Education 2000’. Dr Mitchell is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, and previously held various roles with the University of Waikato’s Educational Studies Department between 1969 and 2001.

See who else was honoured with an ONZM here

UC Teaching Awards and Teaching Medal

Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?

Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.

Nominations for the 2017 Teaching Awards, including the Teaching Innovation Award and UC Teaching Medal are due on 1 March 2017, so take advantage of the summer break and start planning now.  The process has been simplified to a one-step form and applications open on 9 January.

All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal website.

What makes a great lecturer? High expectations.

When Steve Agnew was named 2016 Lecturer of the Year for Business and Law, it was a well-deserved award.

Steve’s been teaching microeconomics at UC since 2005, a perfect post for someone with a keen interest in the financial literacy of childreSteve Agnewn, young adults and student debt.

His teaching philosophy is to never use the term teaching philosophy – instead he tries to relate economic principles to real life experiences to embed learning.

“Students retain stories much more readily than concepts,” says Steve. “ So when teaching Inferior Goods I tell the tale of my own student days drinking an horrific brand of cider that tasted like socks because we’d calculated it has the highest alcohol content per dollar spent. They have no problem, after that, remembering that Inferior Goods are goods we buy because they’re cheap.”

On the social side, Steve encourages his students to get the academic – social balance right, something he says they need to learn in their first year. He also imposes high expectations on them so learn to develop high expectations of themselves.

“I’m probably considered quite grumpy by some students,” he says. Because I expect them to be engaged in the course, know when deadlines are, check their emails, come to class and concentrate – not chat. I am so happy to help any student who has made an effort, but anyone turning up without having done any work – just gets told to come back when they have.”

“Most students understand those things intellectually, and accept them as resonable. Some just aren’t so good at implementing their acceptance,” he laughs.

Because he found University a life-changing experience himself, Steve encourages a similar experience in his students. “The students are great and I love teaching big classes where you can feed off their energy. If I ever delivered classes by distance rather than live, I think I would start to lose the will to live.

…… and that’s what make a great lecturer!