Dr Winnifred Louis 2011 UQ Award for Teaching Excellence winner
Dr Winnifred Louis 2011 UQ Award for Teaching Excellence winner

Dr Winnifred Louis believes in the power of teaching statistics and social psychology to change the world. She demonstrates excellence in her undergraduate teaching and postgraduate mentoring, with the keen engagement, strong commitment, superior organisation, inspirational enthusiasm, profound respect for students and cheerful experimentation that motivates students to learn and perform at their peak.

Dr Louis also demonstrates excellence via strong leadership in two specific areas:
(1) teaching about Indigenous Australians, and
(2) reforming our approach to the teaching of statistical methods away from computations towards conceptual understanding.

Dr Louis believes that students become life-long agents of positive social change as they learn to think beyond one single cause and one effect to multiple causes and effects, and that this progression from univariate to multivariate causality is important in helping students to understand social attitudes, interactions and psychology. She believes that she changes students’ lives through education. As students in turn become agents in feedback loops, they change academics’ approaches and hence impact on the experiences of subsequent cohorts of students.

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