Crawford celebrates teaching award success

06 November 2014

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Creina Day is an Associate Professor of Economics. She founded and directs the ‘Growth, Demographics and Productivity’ research program in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). Her reputation in the field of macroeconomics and economic growth has been established through seminal papers in leading international journals and recognised with the JG Crawford Award for best original paper.

Four Crawford School of Public Policy teachers were commended at the 2014 College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) Teaching Awards.

The teaching team of Senior Lecturer Björn Dressel and Tutor Sarah Cameron won the Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award for Research Methods (POGO8096) taken by Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration students.

Their use of innovative teaching methods including research-led team teaching and inquiry-based learning were recognised as greatly facilitating student engagement and participation.

Lecturers Creina Day and Hoang Long Chu were both presented with Notable Mentions for the Teaching Excellence Awards.

Creina was commended for her responsiveness to student needs and her ability to inspire and motivate students through innovative online learning materials, research-led curricula and real life applications in the courses Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy (IDEC8002) and Masters Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance, and Development (IDEC8008).

Students have nominated Creina for teaching excellence on several occasions in recognition of her enthusiasm and outstanding support for student learning.

Long was recognised for his use of real life policy applications in his teaching of Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics (IDEC8015) and Masters Microeconomics (IDEC8064) which he co-teaches with Crawford School Director Professor Tom Kompas.

The innovative and extensive use of online assessment and self-study materials to improve student learning in these courses and his new course Applied Economic Dynamics (IDEC8020) were highly commended.

Professor Kompas congratulated the winners and said the awards demonstrate the teaching strength across all disciplines in Asia and the Pacific’s leading public policy school.

“My sincere congratulations to all of the winners of the Teaching Awards, and especially to the four Crawford School teachers,” he said.

“These awards recognise the extremely high teaching standards of the winners as among the best in the College. They also highlight the unique opportunity Crawford students have to learn from world-leading policy experts who are passionate and innovative in their teaching.”

In addition to their CAP Teaching Award, winners receive an ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and are nominated for a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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