22 November 1999

University of Queensland's top teachers take awards

The University of Queensland today announced the five academics who have won the UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching 1999.

They are senior lecturer Dr Alan Cody (Physiology and Pharmacology), senior lecturer Dr Helen Purchase (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering), lecturer Dr Anne Ross (Anthropology and Sociology/Natural and Rural Systems Management), lecturer Dr Virginia Slaughter (Psychology) and Professor of Information Systems Ron Weber (Commerce).

Another four finalists received commendations: Dr Craig Franklin (Zoology and Entomology); Dr John Macarthur (Architecture); Dr Peter O'Donoghue (Microbiology and Parasitology); and Dr William Tow (Government).

The awards scheme recognises, encourages and rewards sustained excellence in teaching at the University. Funded by the University and the Alumni Association, the scheme was established in 1988 and was the first such program to be introduced by an Australian university.

Dr Cody has been honoured for major contributions to information technology in education. A leader in multimedia, flexible delivery methods and web-based teaching, he was instrumental in establishing the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences' Interactive Learning Centre, of which he is director.

Dr Purchase's award recognises her dedication to motivating students through enthusiasm, support and innovative teaching. She is known for her respectful and encouraging attitude towards students and for constantly refining and improving the delivery, content and structure of her subjects.

Dr Ross has been honoured as an excellent teacher who combines high academic standards with deep respect for her students. Committed to helping her students succeed, she is known as a highly approachable lecturer who inspires her students with her willingness to go beyond the call of duty.

Dr Slaughter is recognised as an enthusiastic lecturer and outstanding researcher who has shown exemplary leadership in undergraduate teaching. She has made significant contributions to the development of a first-class teaching program for first-year psychology and is respected for her initiative, expertise and attention to detail.

Professor Weber's award recognises innovative teaching methods and his respect and time for students. He provides leadership in subject development and teaching and his text, Information Systems, Control and Audit, is widely regarded as the world's leading text on computer auditing.

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