Associate Professor Massimo Gasparon, School of Earth Sciences
|Associate Professor Massimo Gasparon 2011 UQ Award for Teaching Excellence winner|
As an educator, Associate Professor Massimo Gasparon believes that a teacher’s role is to make students aware of their potential and mentor them in their professional and personal journey. As a researcher, he is a geologist who is passionate about his discipline and the challenges of reconciling human needs and aspirations with the resources and the often temperamental behaviour of a living planet.
Associate Professor Gasparon believes that all students deserve ‘a fair go’ and takes particular pride in turning the more disadvantaged students into confident and competent professionals and scientists. He is convinced that ‘internationalisation’ is a significant component of every student’s professional and personal journey, and has successfully established mechanisms to expose all his postgraduate students to a significant international experience, preferably in a non-English speaking, and therefore more challenging, country.
The other driving principle of his teaching philosophy is the embedding of research into undergraduate teaching, and over his sixteen-year academic career, Associate Professor Gasparon has integrated his research with teaching material, involved students in his research and experimented with different ways of improving student outcomes.