15 August 2019

UWA Excellence in Teaching Awards

Perron Institute researchers were among those recognised recently at the UWA Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The Award for Excellence in Coursework Teaching went to Associate Professor Jenny Rodger, MSWA Senior Research Fellow and head of Brain Plasticity Research based at the Perron Institute and The University of Western Australia. This is her third teaching award from the UWA Faculty of Science.

A/Professor Rodger (pictured right) received another award recently, as a Unit Co-Coordinator with Associate Professor Dominique Blache. They won the UWA Guild Award for their broadening unit Neuroscience in Society. A/Professor Blache is a senior lecturer within the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. This multidisciplinary unit aims to explore human behaviour at a global level and challenge the students’ thinking. It was introduced three years ago and maintains high enrolment numbers.

Dr Li Shan Chiu, a recent PhD graduate of the Perron Institute Stroke Research group, received the Student Teacher Award for 2018. The student-nominated award was for first-year chemistry labs and science communication tutorials led by Dr Chiu.

Dr Chiu said she aims to make the experience for first-year students as welcoming and comfortable as possible. She fosters an environment where the students can focus on learning and hopefully enjoy their experience while figuring out their first year.

Last year, Dr Chiu participated in the Foundations of Tertiary Teaching intensive short course at UWA in the semester break. She found the course worthwhile as it explored ways of teaching theories and solidified her experience so far.

Dr Chiu was elated when she received the news of her award.

“In the same week I learnt that I had also passed my thesis!”

On receiving the award, Dr Chiu said, “I feel honoured that my efforts had been appreciated.“

Congratulations A/Professor Rodger and Dr Chiu!

Image credit: UWA