Lecturer named 'best' at Auckland campus

Albany Students’ Association president Jason Woodroofe, Albany Students’ Association advocacy coordinator Penny Lyall, College of Sciences’ teaching and learning director Dr Liz Norman, 2018 Lecturer of the Year winner Dr Mikael Boulic and School of Engineering and Advanced Technology and Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology head Professor Julian Heyes.

A senior lecturer from Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology has taken out the top prize at this year’s Albany Students’ Association Lecturer of the Year Awards, held last week.

Dr Mikael Boulic was presented with the Lecturer of the Year prize at the awards, which have been held annually since 2005. He also won the top award for his college.

The association also awarded trophies to the winning lecturers from each of the colleges at the Auckland campus, along with this year’s advocacy accolades, at the lunchtime function.

All award nominees were presented with a Lecturer of the Year ribbon and feather to acknowledge their achievement.

Photos from the luncheon can be viewed on the association’s Facebook page.

The full list of winners:

2018 Lecturer of the Year

Dr Mikael Boulic


College Winners

College of Health: Dr Judy Thomas (3rd year in a row)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr Anna Hearne

College of Sciences: Dr Mikael Boulic

Massey Business School: Andrew Barney


Advocacy Accolades

The Swanni Award: Greg Chawynski

Judges’ comments: For providing coverage, support and warmth to students. His approach might make you scratch and itch at first, but ultimately Greg has discovered a secret mixture which he dips into to shower proof students from the worst academic floods or droughts. His approach creates a closely woven classroom environment ensuring student success.

The Apiata Award: Andrew Gilman

Judges’ comments: Andrew enlists all of his skills and talents to carry students across the line to academic success. Bravery when under attack is but one of his many qualities and students are always safe in his care.He deserves a medal for his honour, ability to avoid conflict and the learning regimen that he instils in his students. 

The Manuka Honey Award: Siata Tavite

Judges’ comments: Siata's teaching has rare and special properties. She is able to collect the best from student, optimising their performance - transforming them into able and capable students. Her unique and natural approach has huge life and academic benefits for those under her care. This woman is as sweet as.....

The Mansfield Award: Victoria Kerry

Judges’ comments: Victoria's teaching demonstrates huge engagement with and competence in all forms of communication. Her use of language is clear and precise and very accessible and psychologically acute. Long story short... there is no other way to read this ... she provides academic and teaching brilliance at its best!

The Kiwi Bach Award: Beth-Maree Cooper

Judges’ comments: Beth-Maree's teaching creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.Unpretentious, modest and uncomplicated she makes everyone feel at home. She is able to take the most ordinary of materials and make them into something useful. There is nothing cheap or recycled about Beth-Maree. 

The Manaaki Award: Craig Fowler 

Judges’ comments: For his care and support of students. No matter their academic ability or where they come from all students receive the full benefit of Craig’s interest and guidance. He does not just talk about intercultural awareness- he demonstrates it on  a daily basis.  Students receive vital academic and personal sustenance from his classes. His communication and sharing of knowledge and skills far exceeds the requirements of the class room. This is true generosity to others.

ASA Appreciation Awards

These awards are from ASA in appreciation of members of Massey's general staff. 

Brenda Clifton

Judges’ comments: Campus Information Superstar!! For being consistently brilliant in the way she handles student issues. No star shines brighter than Brenda!

Tom Vadrevu

Judges’ comments: The luminous library light! For being helpful to all students and creating an atmosphere of warmth and kindness wherever he goes.

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