National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education describes Marie O’Dwyer as ‘a role model of leadership and impact’
A WIT School of Business lecturer has been shortlisted for the National Forum Teaching Experts Award 2015. Marketing Lecturer Marie O’ Dwyer was shortlisted from 35 nominees for the first year of the awards.
The National Teaching Expert Awards aim to identify expert teachers who are models for excellence in teaching and whose knowledge about learning impact is strong and evidence based. Nominations for teaching experts submitted by their institutions underwent a rigorous assessment process by an international teaching experts panel. On the basis the panel’s intensive assessment Marie was shortlisted and is currently engaged in the final stage preparations and submissions.
Commenting on Marie’s application, Sarah Moore Chair, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education commented “you have been a pioneer of teaching innovation, and have clearly use pedagogically sound approaches to develop student engagement, learning, and success. Your impact has been both strongly evidenced and highly endorsed by the panel. In addition, the way in which you have developed your expertise and scholarship while also maintaining a strong and dedicated focus on the student is further evidence of the outstanding contribution you are making not just on an institutional level but also nationally. I am delighted to congratulate you and your nominating institution on this national endorsement for having achieved such high standards of excellence and expertise. You are a role model of leadership and impact, and we are proud to showcase the valuable contribution you continue to make”.
Marie will be honoured for her achievement at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on December 10 and will go on to create national teaching exemplars.
"This is a wonderful achievement for WIT and a testament to our staff’s commitment to excellence in learning and teaching," commented Dr Thomas O'Toole, Head of the School of Business.
Earlier this year Marie was announced as the recipient of the Waterford Institute of Technology 2015 Teaching Excellence Award was presented with her award by WIT President Professor Willie Donnelly at a reception in October.
In 2004 WIT introduced an annual award for excellence in teaching. The premise of the award scheme is to recognise, encourage and reward sustained excellence in teaching.