Teaching Excellence Award in College of Arts and Tourism

8th March 2012: The 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Arts and Tourism was presented last week to Mr David Williams from the School of Social Science and Law.   The presentation was made at an event in Mountjoy Square, attended by colleagues and peer professionals. 

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Mr. David Williams, winner of Teaching Excellence Award with (left) Dr. Kevin Lalor, Head, School of Social Sciences and Law, and (right) Director and Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, Mr. John O’Connor

In their assessment of submissions, the Evaluation Panel said that David’s extensive portfolio demonstrated the wide range of teaching and learning approaches  he has adopted.  A detailed statement of his teaching philosophy provided “clear evidence of reflective practice, supported by appropriately chosen methodologies”.  The Panel congratulated David on his well planned pedagogical approach which they said is “active, student-centred and carefully integrated into the subject matter of the discipline.

In their summary, the panel said:

  • David stands out ... his application was reflective, showed a real empathy with students. It was practical and industry focussed. He provided a good rationale and philosophy for his approach to teaching. He clearly shows how his approach has improved the student experience. He keeps himself current through research and is conference active. He has engaged with the LTTC in relation to workshops and various activities.

David was presented with his Award by Director and Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, Mr. John O’Connor.

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