UNIVERSITY courses would be more interesting, relevant and realistic if more teachers had experience in industry, according to Albury-Wodonga CSU’s School of Environmental Sciences senior lecturer Dr Rosemary Black.
Dr Black has won the vice-chancellor’s award for professional excellence for basing her teaching on her experiences in environmental interpretation and tour guiding.
She has contributed to these occupations with her work and research.
Dr Black yesterday said the university valued staff with strong connections to the industry being taught because that experience made it “real” for the students.
“I use my experience and expertise to teach,” she said.
“Students are interested in stories and get a better idea of what to expect in the real world.”
Dr Black, who mainly teaches environmental interpretation and tourism, said that after seven years as a tour guide in Australia, Nepal and China, she could complement her teaching with experience.
The award she received is the highest possible at the university.
She said it motivated her to continue with her work.
“I have my passions. I’ve been doing things because I believe in them and want to do them,” she said.
“I didn’t expect anything in return.”
Associate head of the school of education Dr Jenni Munday, who also won an award for teaching excellence, said it showed CSU provide high-quality distance education as well as face-to-face courses.