CDU academic innovators receive recognition 


Two academic innovators at Charles Darwin University have been recognised for their commitment to quality learning and teaching with prestigious citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

Web and Multimedia Manager with CDU’s Academic Development Team, Helen Rysavy and Senior Lecturer, Health Science and Social Work with the School of Health Sciences, Dr Deborah West will receive their $10,000 citations at a ceremony in early August.

Citations are awarded to academic and professional staff who have made long-standing contributions to the quality of student learning and improving the overall student experience.

Ms Rysavy was recognised for the development of innovative, award-winning web and multimedia learning resources that foster and support active student engagement in their learning.

Dr West was recognised for her leadership in the development of innovative social work and community studies curriculum that addresses the unique challenges of the Northern Territory.

ALTC Executive Director, Professor Richard Johnstone said the citations revealed the tremendous commitment in the higher education sector to improving the student experience.

“The quality and quantity of applications received represent the incredible effort made by university staff Australia-wide to contribute to a positive learning experience for every student,” Professor Johnstone said.

“Recipients are drawn from a broad range of disciplines and can be found working throughout the institutions as citations recognise the work of everyone with a role in enhancing student learning.”

Ms Rysavy and Dr West were among 206 individuals from a record number of institutions to receive citations totaling more than $2 million.