Ian named USQ Lecturer of the Year
OUT of 600 lecturers the Fraser Coast’s Ian Richards has been named USQ Lecturer of the Year.
And the best part? His students made the decision.
“It’s fair to say there is nothing in it for the students; they do it because they have a good experience. So in that sense it’s nice,” Dr Richards said.
The UniJobs Lecturer of the Year is a nationwide competition and Dr Richards was one of 38 winners for 2009.
Throughout the year students nominate their favourite lecturer and votes are collected on the UniJobs website.
A lecturer is then selected from each university as well as an overall winner who this time around was Ross Odell from the University of NSW.
There are 600 lecturers employed across USQ’s three campuses and Dr Richards has been teaching in Hervey Bay for the past 10 years.
Last year he ran four courses covering community development and sustainability, with about 100 students in each course.
Before USQ Dr Richards spent a decade working in the private industry and in the 1980s was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
About three-quarters of his students study online, interacting with each other predominantly via bulletin boards. Dr Richards said more people were enrolling externally with USQ Australia’s leading distance education provider.
“I love the feeling you get when students say ‘I didn’t know that’, particularly when it’s in relation to sustainability or social justice.”