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December 11, 2014

Deakin criminologists awarded Faculty Teaching & Research awards

L-R: Ruth Liston, Kate Fitz-Gibbon & Wendy O'Brien

(L-R: Ruth Liston, Kate Fitz-Gibbon & Wendy O’Brien)

Members of the Deakin criminology team have been recognised in the Deakin University Faculty of Arts and Education Pro-Vice Chancellor Awards.

Ruth Liston was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Teaching Innovation. Ruth designed and produced online learning resources to be used in the teaching of the undergraduate unit Crime Prevention and Security. This included a series of illustrated videos explaining key concepts made using personal digital technology. In collaboration with Deakin Learning Futures, Ruth also storyboarded and co-produced a number of high quality resources including an on-site video recorded in and around Geelong, and a narrated hand-drawn cartoon.

Dr Wendy O’Brien was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Teaching Innovation in recognition of her development and delivery of the new criminology Practicum unit. The unit aims to provide students with all the professional benefits of an internship, whilst retaining the academic benefits of classroom study. Over the course of the unit students interacted with a range of industry professionals and gained invaluable insight into the work being undertaken by those in the criminal justice sector. The Practicum places great emphasis on work-readiness skills for Deakin Criminology students.

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon was awarded the Early Career Research Award. The award recognised Kate’s outstanding track record built on high quality and high impact publications, whilst maintaining a full teaching load. In 2014 Kate published a sole authored book, ‘Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective’ (Palgrave MacMillan) and spent three months at the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University as an Academic visitor. Kate was also recognised in the Young Leader category of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards and received a joint commendation in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards. Earlier this month, Kate also received the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award for Research Excellence.

Deakin Criminology congratulates Ruth, Wendy and Kate on their awards!

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