2016 Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award – Dr. Fiona Farr (UL) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group, Dr. Deirdre Ryan (MIC) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group, Dr. Martin Fitzgerald (LIT, Thurles Campus) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group, Dr. Anne O’Keeffe (MIC) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group, Prof. Sarah Moore (UL) – Chairperson National Forum, Dr. Michael F. Ryan (LIT, Thurles Campus) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group, Dr. Mary Fitzpatrick (UL) Shannon Consortium Teaching & Learning Strategic Group
Dr Ailbhe Kenny, Lecturer in Music Education, Department of Arts Education & Physical Education at MIC, and Dr Dorothy Morrissey, lecturer in Drama Education also in Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at MIC were among six faculty members shortlisted across the Shannon Consortium for the annual Regional Teaching Excellence Awards. The overall winner of this year’s award was Jason Power, lecturer from the Design and Manufacturing Department at University of Limerick. Among the other nominees were Dr John McCarthy and Dr Anne-Marie Creaven also UL lecturers and Pamela O’Brien from the Department of Information Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology.
The 2016 Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award ceremony, now in its eight year, showcases excellence in teaching and learning within the three Third Level institutes of the Shannon Consortium: Mary Immaculate College (MIC), the University of Limerick (UL), and Limerick Institute of Technology.
Attending the 2016 Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence award, Prof. Michael Hayes, MIC President said, “The existence of the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Awards emphasises and celebrates the importance of teaching in Higher Education. It is also an example of significant inter-institutional collaboration in the region and I would like to congratulate all five shortlistees”. Continuing he said “We in Mary Immaculate College are very proud to have once again two faculty members shortlisted for this important award and I congratulate Ailbhe and Dorothy, both of whom are committed and innovative staff members, on this very significant recognition of their talents as teachers.”
MIC Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Anne O’Keeffe, said that “The Shannon Consortium Teaching Excellence Award showcases the excellence in and dedication to Teaching and Learning in the region. Ailbhe Kenny and Dorothy Morrissey through their Teaching and Learning portfolios, have evidenced their professional excellence, scholarship and capacity for reflection on their teaching.”
According to Dr Dorothy Morrissey, MIC; “The Teaching Excellence Awards highlight the importance of excellence in teaching in the third level sector. I’m delighted to be associated with these awards and to have been nominated for shortlisting.”
The Shannon Consortium Regional Award for Excellence is the most rigourous award process in the country, involving a detailed and reflective teaching portfolio as well as a recording of the candidates’ teaching. This year’s awards were adjudicated by an external panel comprised of Dr Rachael Carkett (University of Bath), Dr Martina Crehan (RCSI) and Prof. Steve Walsh (Newcastle University) and it was chaired by Dr Sharon Walsh (NUIG).
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