Business School academics recognised in prestigious international fellowships

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The Business School’s Giuseppe Carabetta, Stefan Meisiek, Attila Balogh, Evelyn Lai and Robyn Martin have been awarded fellowships from the prestigious Higher Education Academy (HEA) in recognition of their contributions to learning and teaching.

Giuseppe Carabetta (SFHEA), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

This month the Business School celebrates recognition of several staff members appointed as fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Associate Professor Stefan Meisiek and Giuseppe Carabetta were appointed at the level of Senior Fellow, in recognition of their sustained contributions and leadership in higher education. Early career academics Attila Balogh, Evelyn Lai and Robyn Martin were appointed as Associate Fellows for their contributions to teaching and learning.

The HEA is a UK-based institution which promotes teaching excellence globally. It advocates evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition. It is responsible for the UK Professional Standards Framework for higher education practitioners.

Assoc. Prof. Stefan Meisiek (SFHEA), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, photo by Louise M Cooper (2016)

The fellowships demonstrate the commitment of staff to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education, and are awarded in four categories: Principal, Senior, Fellow and Associate.

Mr Carabetta’s senior fellowship was given in recognition of his sustained teaching performance, and his professional practice in teaching, particularly by his contribution to staff development events and as a mentor to junior and senior staff. The award also recognised his contribution to blended and online learning.

Giuseppe is a University of Sydney alumni (MLLR 1996, 2002), and his research expertise lies in the field of employment law, particularly, public sector employment law. He is recognised as the principal Australian scholar in police employment law.

“I’m really chuffed, and thankful to the HEA for the work they do and for this recognition. To be recognised for just doing your job, already a privilege, is kind of strange,” said Mr Carabetta.

“It might sound clichéd but the award really should be shared with those who provided me with so much guidance and assistance over the years, particularly Mark Freeman, John Shields, Joellen Riley and Cynthia Coleman, as well as our University Centre for Teaching and Learning (now Educational Innovation Team) and the Business School’s own Educational Innovation Team,” said Mr Carabetta.

Since joining the Business School in 2004, Mr Carabetta has received numerous teaching excellence awards, including two National Award Citations and two Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.

Congratulating the recipients, the Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, said HEA Fellowship reinforced the Business School reputation as an international centre of teaching excellence.

“This is such a wonderful recognition of our educators and their contributions,” said Professor Whitwell. “Well done.”

The Higher Education Academy in the UK awarded 23 University of Sydney staff with new fellowships in recognition of teaching excellence.

“It is wonderful to see so many of our outstanding educators recognised in this way. We know they are great teachers, but fellowship provides an internationally recognised level of certification to that judgment,” said Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

This article was written by Laura Box and Trevor Watson and first published at the University of Sydney Business School’s News on the 9th May 2017.

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