New appointments to help shape science education


Associate Professor Ewen Cameron has been appointed the director academic for the College of Sciences and Jean Jacoby is the new manager of teaching and learning for the college.


Two new appointments, designed to further innovate teaching approaches at the University’s College of Sciences, have been announced. Associate Professor Ewen Cameron has been appointed as the college’s director academic and Jean Jacoby as the manager of teaching and learning.

Mr Cameron will work closely with college Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Ray Geor and college executives to develop, manage and promote the academic programmes to ensure they remain highly regarded by students, graduates and employers.

He says the “stand and deliver” model of university teaching is no longer effective. He sees a shift from students placing their learning at the centre of their lives to now fitting studies around other aspects of life, such as work. “Students need to be able to learn in their time and in their place,” he says.

“The biggest aspect we are looking to develop, whatever the learning style, is learning within a student frame of mind. We also want to take learning into the workplace through internships or having laboratory experiences contextualised to reflect rapidly changing employment scenarios.”

Ms Jacoby’s primary responsibility is identifying, implementing and evaluating strategies to create a culture that supports and strengthens new curriculum and teaching developments as well as advances in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and a greater recognition of teaching excellence across the college.

She says one key to this is putting what students are learning into context, in terms of career or subject area and weaving learning modules together, be that agriculture, fundamental sciences, environment, engineering, natural sciences or veterinary study. “This creates a really successful learning environment for both students and academics.”

Ms Jacoby will be closely aligned and embedded within the college, which will facilitate an even stronger science teaching and learning community.

“Sharing stories of teaching success and new ideas and challenges among staff will really allow us to shape how we teach science – for the better.”

Mr Cameron’s appointment came into effect January 5. Ms Jacoby was appointed January 11.

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