Excellence in teaching rewarded

8 December 2010

Dr Amy Cutter–Mackenzie, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Associate Director OPVCLT, Associate Professor Angela Carbone
Dr Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Associate Director OPVCLT, Associate Professor Angela Carbone

Faculty of Education senior lecturer Dr Amy Cutter-Mackenzie has won an Australian Award for University Teaching from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

The award was officially presented at a gala ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.

Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate teachers who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Dr Cutter-Mackenzie joined Monash University in 2005 after completing her PhD in environmental education. She began her career as a primary school teacher in Queensland and also worked overseas as an environmental educator.

Drawing upon an experiential education philosophy, Dr Cutter-Mackenzie merged her passion for teaching with a commitment to sustainability through a school and community based teaching and learning approach.

Her approach has been recognised in several awards for teaching excellence, including the 2009 Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award and a 2008 Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Dr Cutter-Mackenzie has extensively published research, which has been published nationally and internationally. Her service also extends to her role as chair of international environmental education research groups and editor of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington said that Dr Cutter-Mackenzie had inspired students to seek opportunities for sustainability education both inside and outside of classrooms.

"Her important work produces tangible, and lasting outcomes in communities in Victoria and much further afield. I congratulate her for the many ways in which she helps us to see how we can make a difference," Professor Hughes-Warrington said.

For information on eligibility, procedure and available support to apply for an ALTC award, contact the Promoting Excellence Team via email.