An engineered win at the Albany Lecturer of the Year awards

ASA Advocacy Co-ordinator Penny Lyall, 2015 Albany Lecturer of the Year winner Dr Fakhrul Alam, ASA President Byron Brooks.

 Big turn out for the 2015 Lecturer of the Year Awards

Associate Professor Ksenija Napan was overwhelmed with her win

The Albany Lecturer of the Year award has gone to a College of Sciences academic for the fourth year running.

Dr Alam says the win was a huge surprise. “I don’t mollycoddle the students, I am tough. These nominations show the students do care about humour, and they care about someone who wants the best for them. It doesn’t matter if you are tough, because I am and I still won! When you are in the classroom at eight am and you have the whole class there, you know you are doing something right.”

Event organiser and Albany Students Association Advocacy Coordinator Penny Lyall says this year there was a marvellous response for nominations, with votes coming from Manawatū and distance students who are being taught by Albany-based lecturers, under the mixed mode delivery.

“It’s critical we acknowledge the efforts and commitment of the teaching staff, and give students the opportunity to say thank you.”

Ms Lyall says there was a common theme in the nominations for Dr Alam. “From the volume of the nominations and the comments, it is clear he just has a ball teaching the students. He loves it and in turn they love it. He’s engaged and impassioned, and so are they, so that really stood out for me.”

Some of the comments sent in by students nominating Dr Alam included: “Awesome lecturer, the guy was born to teach”, “In Fakhrul we trust!”, “He’s brutal, but in a good way” and “The Man! Always has full turnout and is always a star”.

One of the most excited winners was College of Health trophy winner Associate Professor Ksenija Napan. “It was so unexpected. I was embarrassingly over the top expressing my joy. It’s awesome to be recognised for doing something I love. This will make me even more of a workaholic!”

Ms Napan says it means a lot to know her students enjoy her teaching style. “I teach in an inquiry mode, and students have a lot of freedom in expressing what they want to learn and how. I think I won because I really care about my students. I want them to be effective professionals, but remain good people.”

Some of the comments made about Ksenija Napan by students include: “Heart of gold”, “Such a great lecturer, gives her all to every class”, “Very passionate about what she teaches” and “Best lecturer ever!”

Special mention also went to Mary Dawkins, the Programme Support Administrator at the School of Economics and Finance, who was awarded the ASA Appreciation Award, which is given to an outstanding general member of staff for their contribution during the year.

The Lecturer of the Year award is organised by the Albany Students’ Association (ASA) and is based on nominations from students across the year. With a whopping 177 nominations this year, it’s the largest number in the events 11 year history.

2015 Albany Lecturer of the Year

Dr Fakhrul Alam

College Winners

Dr Fakhrul Alam – College of Sciences

Simon Cope – Massey Business School

Dr Warwick Tie – College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Ksenija Napan – College of Health

The inclusion of the Advocacy Accolades also recognises additional effort by lecturers that has been noted on campus.

Advocacy Accolades

Dr Brendan Moyle – The Flying Moa Award

Associate Professor Mark Henrickson – The Tane Mahuta Award

Associate Professor Helen Southwood – The Pavolva Award

Dr Gabriele Schmidt-Adam – The Pohutukawa Award

Professor Christoph Schumacher – The Bruce McLaren Award

Mark Werman – The Tom Scott Award

Dr Evelyn Sattlegger – The Vogel’s Award

Dr Alona Ben-Tal – The Alexander Aitken Award

Dr Chris Galloway – The Bridge Award

Dr Rothman Kam – The Hot Pie Award

Dr Fakhrul Alam – The World’s Fastest Engineer

Professor Anne de Bruin – The Kowhai Award

Associate Professor Sasha Molchanov – The Beehive Award

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