Deakin University lecturer awarded national teaching honour

Two Deakin University lecturers have taken out national honours for their teaching at the 2009 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Abdel-Hakeem Kasem, from the School of International and Political Studies received the Humanities and the Arts Award.

The Awards, from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, recognise the nation’s top university teachers and the most outstanding programs and services aimed at improving the quality of student learning. They celebrate the exceptional effort made by university teachers and general staff to improve the student experience of Australian higher education; each award is valued at $25,000.

Mr Kasem received his award for pioneering Australian in-country internship programs in the field of Arabic language and cultural studies.  He also developed Deakin’s progressive online Arabic program which has led to new approaches to tertiary level language teaching nationally.

Mr Kasem’s achievements in teaching and learning were recognised nationally through an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2008 and, at Deakin, through faculty and university-wide teaching awards.

Deakin University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Philip Clarke, said receiving these awards was a tremendous achievement and “reflected the high quality of teaching and learning occurring at Deakin University.”

“Deakin aims to provide national leadership in teaching and these two staff members personify that goal,” he said. “We are delighted with their success.”

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