ENV staff member receives National Teaching Excellence Award

14 August 2015
Marie on the left with fellow awardees Dr Alana Curtis (FMHS) and Dr Eleanor Hawe (Education)

Senior tutor Marie McEntee's success in teaching communication skills particularly to science students has been recognised with a Sustained Excellence Award at this year’s AKO National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. 

Marie received her award from the Hon. Steven Joyce (Minister for Tertiary Education) at Parliament's Banquet Hall on August 11 with 11 other recipients from tertiary institutions across New Zealand.  Three of this year's recipients came from the University of Auckland.

Marie has taught in the School of Environment (and its predecessors) for 23 years where she coordinates and teaches two of the School's interdisciplinary courses, SCIGEN 101/101G which focuses on science communication (taught jointly with Mathematics) and SCIGEN 201 which focuses on science innovation (taught jointly with Business and Economics).

Marie says  “My lectures are interactive and student-focussed which encourages students be creative and innovative. I really believe that good communicators are better scientists.”

Dean of Science Professor John Hosking says, “Marie’s courses are engaging and demanding but they appeal to students from a range of science disciplines who thrive in her classes".

Enrolments in her general science communication course have risen an average of 20 percent every year for the last nine years, which Mathematics Professor Bill Barton says “is an extraordinary achievement.”

Professor Paul Kench head of the School of Environment says, "Science Communication is increasingly seen as a critical skill required of our graduating students.  Marie has devoted considerable effort in building and developing meaningful curricula in this area."

Find out more about the Science General (SCIGEN) courses.