LECTURER OF THE YEAR (LOTY) IS ABOUT RECOGNISING TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND SUPPORTING ACADEMIC QUALITY HERE AT THE MASSEY ALBANY CAMPUS.
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The ASA introduced LOTY in 2005 to find the lecturer that students believed had contributed most to learning that year. LOTY has now become an established and much esteemed fixture at Massey Albany. Each year, trophies are awarded to each college and the award for overall Lecturer of the Year is presented to the lecturer with the most votes of all. Advocacy Accoladesare presented to lecturers who ASA have recognised during the year for going the extra mile. All nominees receive certificates of recognition containing a compilation of the positive comments made by students who voted for them. The cups and certificates are presented at a lunch time award ceremony where guests are treated to a catered lunch.
Although there can only be one winner, it is important to acknowledge and reward all teaching staff that provide excellence of teaching. Too often there is little recognition for such dedicated and committed individuals.
LOTY is just one way of saying thank you.
A word from Dr Frederick Lam, the 2016 Lecturer of the Year
I have been teaching Mathematics at Massey University in Albany since 2004 and this is where I received all my degrees – Honours, Master and PhD. I am deeply honoured to receive the LOTY award in 2016. I would not be here, accepting this award, without a group of great colleagues and administrative staff.
I am passionate about teaching and Mathematics (love it so much) and I am lucky enough to do a job that I love. I always try to generate a love and passion for learning, and motivate students to share that passion. I have high expectations for my students and I never feel more energized than after a class that has gone well.
I would like to thank you the ASA (especially Penny) for their hard work in ensuring that the LOTY awards continue on the Albany campus. A very special thanks to the students who nominated me. And, of course, thank you to my family for always supporting me.
From Little Seeds Do Big Trees Grow
2010 LOTY Winner John Tan couldn't be at the ceremony to award his successor but he made a point of coming in to see ASA Advocacy Coordinator, Penny Lyall to explain how the award had far reaching consequences.
After a press release circulated around his achievement, Dr Tan was approached by Merv Tait of the Milford Rotary Club. The club had seen the article and wanted Dr Tan to share a little about the work he does twice yearly to bring medical help to the folks in the villages in Cambodia.
During that talk he made mention of the fact that he raises money to install hand-pump wells in the Cambodian villages. He told the Milford Rotary Club members of his desire to put in 500 wells before he retires from this work, and the Club decided to get involved. Together they are working towards putting in 100 wells, which will significantly improve the life of the people living there.
Each well will be shared by some 10 families, so assuming an average family size of 5, this will hopefully make a difference to the lives of about 5,000 people.