Teaching and Learning

Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr Richard Tucker, Faculty of Science and Technology (Physical Sciences and Related Studies)


Through sustained, evidence-based innovation and research, Richard has become an internationally-recognised specialist in teaching architectural design and building science. His teaching excellence lies in teamwork, studio-based learning, inclusive learning, flexible delivery, and work integrated learning (WIL). His work has involved eight grant-funded teaching and learning investigations, including five as project leader, resulting in over 30 publications. The outcomes from his scholarship have directly informed teaching improvement, enhancing student engagement and learning outcomes. Richard has received the highest ever student evaluation of teaching (SET) scores in his School. Through his teaching and learning leadership, he has initiated and led curriculum renewal that has seen significant improvements in his School’s SET scores. Richard has implemented a highly innovative model of WIL, the first use of its type in Australia, and designed multi-institutional self-and-peer-assessment software. Richard’s research has improved teamwork learning across the university and in the other institutions he has collaborated with, and has inspired his students to become architects of their own learning. His work has been recognised with an ALTC Citation (2007), a WJC Banks Award for most outstanding teacher at Deakin University (2007), and the F.E. Crowle Hansen and Yunken AIB Construction Management Teacher of the Year Award (2010).

Richard Tucker

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

28th July 2011