Associate Professor Walker
Associate Professor Walker
10 February 2009

UQ Business School’s Julie Walker beat 2500 lecturers across Australia to take out the UniJobs 2008 Lecturer of the Year award last week.

The Associate Professor, who has taught company accounting at The University of Queensland for 20 years, said she was surprised and delighted by the win.

“It’s such an honour to be recognised in this way by my students and colleagues,” she said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning Professor Debbie Terry opened the event with a short speech congratulating Dr Walker and acknowledging her contribution to the lives of UQ students and graduates.

“This award demonstrates Julie’s ability to engage her students – not necessarily easy when you’re teaching company accounting,” Professor Terry said.

UniJobs Executive Director, Jarrod Kanizay presented Dr Walker’s certificate.

Mr Kanizay said more than 60,000 votes had been cast by students and staff from around the nation.

“It is the only teaching excellence award in Australia which encourages students to actively acknowledge their lecturers,” he said.

“Only 20 nominations separated the top three academics with The University of Newcastle's Dr Wendy Amosa and Australian Catholic University's Murray Bardwell placing a close second and third.”

Dr Julie Walker is Associate Professor in Accounting and Director of UQ Business School’s commerce programs. Her research examines accounting policy, capital structure, corporate governance, and voluntary disclosure by listed corporations with a focus on the mining industry.

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