Pictured at the Shannon Consortium Regional Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching held at the University of Limerick were Professor Sarah Moore, Dean Teaching and Learning at UL, Dorothy Morrissey, Department of Arts Education and Physical Education (Drama), Mary Immaculate College(Commended), Dr Naomi Birdthistle, Regional Teaching Award winner, who lectures in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Limerick and Dr. Lisa O'Malley, (commeded), Department of Management and Marketing, University of Limerick.
Shannon Consortium's Regional Teaching Award Winners Announced.
At a ceremony at the University of Limerick today, a group of the region's most outstanding teachers were recognised for their excellence in teaching at the Shannon Consortium Regional Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching. The awards celebrate excellence in teaching and learning within the four Third Level institutes which make up the Shannon Consortium, the University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick Institute of Technology, (LIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee, (ITT). Faculty from all four of the institutions were successful in being short listed for this award reflecting the strong commitment to outstanding higher education teaching right across the Shannon region.
The winner of this year's award is Dr. Naomi Birdthistle who lectures in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Limerick. The Adjudication Panel, which was composed of international experts in the field of Higher Education also elected to award two special commendations to Dorothy Morrissey, Department of Arts Education and Physical Education (Drama), Mary Immaculate College and to Dr. Lisa O'Malley, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Limerick.
Professor Sarah Moore congratulated all the short listed candidates and said that it was encouraging to see an increase in the number of teachers getting involved in assessing and enhancing their teaching - and compiling portfolios to document and develop their teaching achievements.
The teaching awards are open to all academics in the institutions within the Shannon Consortium, and involve an extremely rigorous process aimed at identifying outstanding teachers. A large number of faculty got involved this year from which nine faculty members from across the Consortium institutions were short-listed.
The award panel, which included five external teaching and learning experts from Ireland and the UK, reviewed student testimonials, effectiveness ratings, DVD footage, teaching-related innovations and achievements and a comprehensive teaching portfolio for each candidate before deciding upon the winner.
The regional award process continues to demonstrate the diversity and versatility of teachers in the region.