2011 Award Winners

Dr Thomas Farrell, Anatomy Department, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Thomas Farrell studied Mathematical Logic and Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and trained in the Adelaide and Meath Hospitals. He is Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at RCSI, Deputy Director of the RCSI Graduate Entry Programme in Medicine, medical officer and clinical tutor in Mount Carmel Hospital and coordinator of student research at RCSI. His research interests include development of techniques of regional anaesthesia and the use of ultrasound guidance for nerve blocks. As a teacher he is interested in the development of new approaches to the teaching of medicine without losing sight of the merits of traditional medical training.
Dr Kathleen Horgan, Lecturer and Coordinator of Microteaching, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  Dr Kathleen Horgan leads the Microteaching programme in the Faculty of Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She holds a PhD in Education from UCC. She was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholarship in 2004 and received the MIC Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. Her primary research interest is Reflective Pedagogy with a particular focus on student teachers’ cognitions about teaching and learning. She has undertaken longitudinal research studies on the evolution of student teachers’ personal theories of teaching through undergraduate and induction years. She has published and presented in national and international fora and has also undertaken research and published in the areas of Development Education, Environmental Education and Curriculum Development. She has served on national and international bodies and has led study visits and initiated collaborative partnerships with educational institutions in Zambia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Dr Frances McCormack, Lecturer and Vice-Dean (Learning & Assessment), National University of Ireland, Galway
  Dr Frances McCormack is a lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She holds an M.A. in Academic Practice, and she won the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at NUI Galway for the year 2009-2010. She publishes widely on a range of topics including Old and Middle English literature, and the writings of Graham Greene. She is the Vice Dean for Learning and Assessment in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Her teaching is driven by enthusiasm for both the subject and the teaching process itself.
Dr Marion Palmer, Head of Department of Learning Sciences, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  Marion Palmer is Head of Department of Learning Sciences at IADT and chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Marion is a member of the Council of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and was awarded a doctorate in education at Queen’s University Belfast on teaching in Institutes of Technology. Marion was a founder member of WITS Women in Technology and Science and was chair of the Educational Developers in Ireland Network (EDIN) 2009-2011. Prior to working in IADT Marion was a teacher at schools in Dublin and London and worked on curriculum development with the NCCA.
Jennifer Schweppe, School of Law, University of Limerick

Jennifer Schweppe graduated with a BCL and LLM from University College Dublin and began working at the University of Limerick in 2004. She teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure to undergraduate and postgraduate classes, and won the University of Limerick Small Group Teaching Award in 2010. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice at the University of Limerick in 2009, and was President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers in 2009-2010. Her research interests coincide with her teaching responsibilities, and she has published articles and books on hate crimes and abortion and the law as well as two recently published two co-authored textbooks aimed at undergraduate students.

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EuroSoTL 2015: Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
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