What I can offer as a Mentor
I am a teaching focussed academic with a passion for Science education, particularly Biochemistry and Immunology. These two courses are well known to be challenging for undergraduate students, yet they are foundational topics in all science-based degrees. To facilitate student learning, I have developed innovative and novel teaching approaches to enhance student learning. These include the development of a suite of interactive simulations which have had great impacts on student learning of lecture and laboratory-based content. The sustained impact of my teaching on student learning has been recognised through multiple local, national and international teaching awards, including being a semi-finalist in the SA Science Excellence Awards, STEM Tertiary Teaching Category; Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Digital Learning; National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. My innovative teaching approaches have been presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed journal. In addition, they have been adopted by colleagues globally, enhancing student learning. I know the amount of time and work that is required in crafting teaching award applications and I can help at all stages of application development, especially for those in the experimental sciences. I received great support in developing my own applications for these awards and I value the mentorship that I received and have subsequently been able provide to fellow colleagues. I feel I can give guidance on how to structure a successful application which clearly articulates the “excellence” aspects which are firmly grounded in evidence.