Two claim teacher of the year award

Two university teachers whose “outstanding teaching qualities” made it impossible to separate them have been recognised as joint winners of the Prime Minister’s University Teaching Award in 2008.
Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, from the modern history at Macquarie University, and Professor Stephen Barkoczy, a professor of law at Monash, each received the $50,000 award at a ceremony in Canberra last week. They were chosen from 23 finalists drawn from five discipline groups as well as early career, indigenous education and work integrated learning categories.
The two winners and the other 21 finalists were drawn from 15 universities. Each received $25,000. Awards were also given for 10 learning programs across eight universities.
Barkoczy, who teaches and practices tax law, told Campus Review he regards the award as “very special” in a teaching career spanning 20 years. “I try to make teaching and learning applied, practical and commercially relevant,” he said. “It’s important in my field to blend research, legal practice and teaching together. This makes the subject much more relevant to students.”
Hughes-Warrington told Campus Review that people who study history at school “assume history to be the study of people and change over quite a short period of time”, whereas “I try to show them that that view of history is something that we can question, and perhaps that we can broaden people’s understandings of history to take in much broader and longer term changes”.
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