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Associate Professor Tracey Kuit 

Senior Fellow and Chair of the WATTLE Executive Committee

Tracey Kuit

Tracey is a teaching-intensive Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience at UOW. Tracey is a passionate educator who has successfully led innovation, coordinating molecular bioscience’s largest undergraduate subjects, totalling over 1200 students each year. Tracey has a history of successfully leading large teams of permanent and casual staff with positive outcomes for staff development and the student experience. Tracey is an active teaching and learning scholar and is a member of the national Bioscience Education Australia Network (BEAN) and Deputy Chair of the Education SIG of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Tracey is an associate editor for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP) and a T&L leader for the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at UOW. Tracey’s evidence-based approach to teaching innovation and inspirational skills as an educator have been recognised by local T&L grants, awards both locally and nationally, including a national OLT Citation in 2013 and an ASBMB Shimadzu Education excellence award in 2018, and through publications and conference presentations both nationally and internationally.

Dr Belinda Gibbons

Senior Fellow and Deputy Chair of the WATTLE Executive Committee

Belinda Gibbons

Belinda is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law, School of Management and Marketing. Belinda is passionate to develop a new generation of business leaders who can engage with complex issues faced by business and society and her learning and teaching experiences aim to challenge business students, colleagues, and organisations to acquire responsible and sustainable business knowledges. Belinda is a member of the United Nations Advisory Committee for Responsible Management Education and is the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Australia/New Zealand Chapter Coordinator. Belinda designed, developed and currently coordinates the interdisciplinary capstone unit at onshore and offshore campuses. Belinda was a recipient of the 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for her work titled “For pioneering the design, development and implementation of an interdisciplinary experiential learning environment, as a means of embedding responsible decision-making in business higher education”. Belinda’s experiential learning computer simulation received the NSW Innovation iAwards in 2014.

Dr Sue Downie

Fellow and member of the WATTLE Executive Committee

dr sue downie

Sue is a teaching intensive lecturer in the Discipline of Medical and Exercise Science, School of Medicine, in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH). Sue coordinates large first year Anatomy and Physiology subjects and obtained her PhD in Medicine in 2008 from the University of Sydney in asthma physiology. Sue is passionate about the student experience, reflective and inclusive practice, and is an influential mentor of staff within and outside of her discipline. She led the WATTLE Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) hot topic group 2017-2019, mentors students in a volunteer demonstrator program, is a SMAH learning and teaching scholar, and an accredited peer reviewer. Sue has disseminated her TEL educational research at forums and conferences and was the recipient of the Faculty Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning in 2020.

Dr Tam Ha

Fellow and member of the WATTLE Executive Committee

dr tam ha

Tam is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology in the School of Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.  Tam believes all students can learn and has created new innovative teaching methods that instils confidence in her learners, to achieve much more than they believe is possible. What motivates her is the enormous potential for society to improve when capabilities of the next generation are greater than the current.  Tam’s passion for teaching and learning has been recognised with 5 teaching awards including in 2014 the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Young Educator, in 2019 the CAPHIA (Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia) award for Outstanding Innovation and Excellence in Public Health teaching and in the 2020 UOW Vice Chancellor’s award Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning.  She is one of four certified Team Based Learning train the trainers in Australia. 

Mrs Jacinta McNamara

Associate Fellow and member of the WATTLE Executive Committee

Mrs Jacinta McNamara

Jacinta is a lecturer and subject coordinator in the post-graduate program of the School of Education, specialising in adult, vocational and higher education. She has also worked as assistant program manager and academic support coordinator with students engaged in enabling education through UOW College.  Jacinta is a member of the National Association of Enabling Educators and the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Having over ten years’ experience in the field has given her an admiration and appreciation for the journeys of adult learners. This has led Jacinta to undertake research in this area and she is currently completing her Doctorate of Education with her research interests focusing on transition and social inclusion in higher education using narrative inquiry.

In 2019 she was a committee member of the successful ‘Enabling Excellence Through Equity’ Conference which focussed on bringing together equity practitioners in higher education to highlight and share knowledge on best practice in student and staff equity.

Dr David Porter

Associate Fellow and member of the WATTLE Executive Committee

Dr David Porter

David is the Manager: Educational Technology in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH). He possesses a zeal for enabling educational transformation and the transformation of practice. Notable achievements include founding SMAH’s Learning & Teaching Forum, Share&TEL sessions, and Technology-Enhanced Learning Collaboratives to support and recognise academic innovation and to disseminate good practice. David currently sits on the executive board for the Australasian Society of Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) and currently facilitates the organisation’s monthly webinar series. He also co-chairs the UOW Educational Developer Network, a community of practice for academic developers, learning designers, and academic and professional staff interested in technology-enhanced learning. His research interests include educational technology, educational leadership, and faculty development. David holds a PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology (2014) and a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Communications Technology (2001) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Holly Tootell

Senior Fellow and member of the WATTLE Executive Committee

Dr Holly Tootell

Holly is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Holly is always on the lookout for new ways to engage students in the study of human and social aspects of technology development. Holly is an associate editor for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. Holly’s commitment to evidence-based teaching innovation and passion for inspiring students has been recognised by local awards and grants, as well as a national teaching citation.

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