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Vice-Chancellor Awards for staff excellence

The Vice-Chancellor Awards recognise staff excellence in service, research, knowledge exchange as well as learning and teaching.

At the 2013 Vice-Chancellor Awards ceremony, held on 8 November, we formally celebrated exceptional practice and contributions of our leading researchers, academic and administration staff.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins presented certificates to each of the conferred 29 staff members across 14 citations.

Outstanding Service to Victoria University

Mr Peter Lechte

College of Engineering and Science

For outstanding devotion to teaching civil engineering and his generous gifts of collegiality that has inspired staff and students for almost four decades.

Outstanding Knowledge Exchange

Peak Award: EcoLiving Centre

Mr Peter Jacobson, Mr David Delahunty, Ms Diane Debrincat, Mr Murray Millar, Mr David Scott, Mr Adam Ruchniewicz, Mr James Tucker, Mr John Grieg, Mr Stan Borysiewicz and Mr Mark Thomson
(Trades College). 

For outstanding engagement and collaboration with state and local government, industry and community groups to establish the first EcoLiving Centre in Melbourne's West.

The Lab

Dr Stefan Schutt and Mr Dale Linegar (external partner)
(Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing within the College of Arts)

For outstanding contribution to community through the establishment of 'The Lab': a national network of technology clubs for young people with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism. 

Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education)

Dr Naomi Augar
(College of Business)

For enhancing student learning and engagement through the adoption of an innovative, industry focused, scenario based learning approach in the teaching of Information Systems.

Ms Juanita Custance

(VU College)

For rigorous and innovative design of academic skills development programs and pedagogies that extend the self-efficacy of our students as contemporary lifelong learners.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Early Career Teacher)

Dr Samy Sakkal
(College of Health and Biomedicine)

For early career contributions to student engagement and learning in immunology through the use of novel analogies and strategic scaffolding.

Programs that Enhance Learning

Mr John Weldon (College of Arts)

For sustained commitment to the development of innovative and flexible learning in the work place and community based learning and teaching strategies and experiences in creative industries, via the student journal Offset. 

VU Mentoring Program

Mr Peter Folino, Ms Megan Garratt, Ms Peta Lee-Tobin, Ms Vicky Schilling and Dr John Hopkins
(Career Development and Employment and College of Business)

For enhancing students' employability skills and stimulating partnerships between VU, industry and the wider educational community.

Excellence in Research and Research Training (Staff Researcher)

Professor David Bishop
(Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) in College of Sport and Exercise Science)

For excellence in research performance and leadership in the field of sports and exercise science, through research publications, citations, and international research partnerships.

Professor Michael Faulkner

(College of Engineering and Science)

For sustained leadership at VU in the field of wireless telecommunications and contributions to enhancing the national and international reputation of Victoria University.

Excellence in Research And Research Training (Early Career Researcher)

Dr Nir Eynon
(Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) in College of Sport and Exercise Science)

For excellence in research performance in the field of sports and exercise science, evidenced by significant high quality research publications, and national and international collaborations.

Dr Matthew Klugman

(Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) in College of Sport and Exercise Science)

For early career excellence in research performance in sports and exercise science, evidenced by significant high quality research outcomes, being awarded a prestigious research fellowship and exceptional public engagement and exchange.

Dr Elizabeth Verghese
(College of Health and Biomedicine)

For early career excellence in research performance including exceptional research publication outcomes and leadership in the establishment of research facilities.

Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research Team)

Tourism Green Economy


Professor Terry DeLacy, Dr Min Jiang and Dr Joanne Pyke

(College of Business)

For research excellence, international collaboration and contributions to the field of Tourism in relation to the transformation of the global tourism sector.

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