2012 Award Winners

Dr John Morrissey, Geography Department, National University of Ireland, Galway
John is a Lecturer in Geography and Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development at NUI Galway. His research interests are in geopolitics and post-conflict development, which he has published on widely. He was an IRCHSS Fellow in 2007/2008. John’s teaching is driven by a passion for engaging his students and to this end he is a keen advocate of both field-based learning and technology-enhanced learning. In 2011, he won NUI Galway’s President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2012 he completed an MA in Academic Practice at NUI Galway. John is married to Olive and recently became a dad to Darragh.
Professor Kevin Nolan, School of Postgraduate Studies, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Kevin Nolan is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies. He graduated from UCG with BSc and PhD degrees, has an NUI DSc degree and is  Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He held lectureships at the University of Stirling, University College London and the University of Surrey and was Visiting Professor, University of California, San Diego. He was Vice-dean of the RCSI Medical Faculty, was Chairman of the RCSI Research Committee and Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Ireland. He has won several teaching awards, is author of over 100 publications and his research interests are in bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry.
Dr Martin Fellenz, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin
Martin Fellenz is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, and won the TCD Provost’s Teaching Award in its inaugural year in 2001. He shares his passion for continuous learning and for reflective development in his teaching across UG, taught PG and doctoral degrees as well as in the international executive education programmes he regularly contributes to. He is recognised as an innovator in improving content delivery, student engagement, and assessment of student learning across HE contexts. He actively researches and publishes in these areas, and is co-author of one of the leading textbooks in his field.
Dr Paul van Kampen, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University

Paul van Kampen is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University, and a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). He teaches physics and physics education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is heavily involved in science teacher education. His teaching is strongly influenced by his physics education research, which focuses on the development of research-led and research-validated educational materials. Paul was awarded the DCU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2010.  Paul is married to Lorraine with two daughters, Maria and Amy.

Professor Tony Ryan, Cork University Maternity Hospital, University College Cork
Professor Ryan is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, HSE and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at UCC. He was one of the first graduates of the Masters in Teaching & Higher Learning Education at UCC. Awards include the UCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (2002) and two Irish Health Awards (2009). He was a partner in the NAIRTL funded Irish Integrated Learning Project and has more than 100 peer reviewed research publications, both clinical and educational.

Fergus Timmons, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Fergus Timmons holds a B.A (Hons.) in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, and an M. Phil in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow. He is in his final year of completing a MA in Online and Distance Education with the Open University. He is programme manager of custodial studies at IT Sligo, and teaches on the Equality and Diversity module. Fergus’ research interests include professionalization and prison work, and he co-presented papers on this subject with Dr Perry Share at the 7th North/South Criminology conference and the Sociological Association Conference in 2011.
Dr Kevin Sludds, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Kevin is a lecturer and Chair of the HCCC programme at IT Sligo. He studied philosophy at UCG, TCD, OU, DCU and German in Tübingen. He has taught at TCD and NUIM and published widely; including books, articles and reviews. As a metaphysician, his translations and analysis have been cited internationally and, as an ethicist, he has assisted organisations with ethics audits and the Irish Prison Service with their progressive recruit prison officer training. He is a qualified therapist and contributor to the government’s strategy on suicide prevention, a restorative practice facilitator and has received national and international awards for both his non-fiction and fiction work.
Sinead Barrins, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Sinead Barrins holds a B.A (Hons.) in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc. in Development Studies from University College Dublin. She lectures on the Custodial Care and Advocacy programme in the Institute of Technology, Sligo in the areas of advocacy and communications.   She brings a wealth of experience to her research and teaching role with IT Sligo with over 15 years national and international practice in the areas of communications, advocacy, and governance.  Sineads’ research interests include governance in community and voluntary organisations.
Finola Colgan-Carey, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Finola lectures on Ethics in the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care and has taught on the Higher Certificate in Advocacy Studies at the Institute of Technology, Sligo and legal studies at Athlone IT at Degree and Higher Certificate levels. She completed her BA in English and History at University College Cork and went on to pursue the LL.B at NUI Galway followed by her Masters in Law (LLM) from Salford University Manchester. Finola is a Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland and interested in the benefits of continuing and adult education is currently undertaking an on line course with ICEP Teaching Happiness: Positive Psychology for Behaviour and Learning.
Dr Marcus Hopkins, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Marcus Hopkins runs the Humanising Conflict Group, a small informal group of experienced individuals who work in a non-judgemental way with those affected by conflict from any political or religious background in a global context. He specialises in personal development and lifelong learning, especially with people who have survived traumatic events. He did his first degree with the Open University, then did two Masters Degrees and a PhD, all in education, with Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a former member of the Senate of the Open University. Marcus also lectures on the Custodial Care programme run by the Irish Prison Service and the Institute of Technology, Sligo.
Paula Kenny, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo

Paula Kenny (BA, MSocSc, PhD) College Lecturer, Custodial Care, Lecturer & Programme Chair, Applied Social Studies, ITSligo. Paula has held lectureships with the IPA, UCD and TCD in Sociology & Criminology. She is Treasurer of the Sociology Association of Ireland, a Restorative Justice Facilitator, an Editor with Emerald UK, and CRIMSOC, Journal of Social Criminology. She is a regular contributor to debates and discussion surrounding penal reform and has published in a number of books and journal articles with a focus on Restorative Justice, Criminology, Policy and Sustainability. Paula will commence her studies for the Kings Inns in September 2012.
Dr Liam Leonard, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr Liam Leonard (BA; M. Phil; PhD) College Lecturer at IT Sligo, & President of the Sociology Association of Ireland. He lectures in modules on Human Rights, Sociology, Criminology, Professional Development and Equality & Diversity on the Custodial Care Programme. The author of ten books, he is Editor of the Ecopolitics Books Series and Editor of the CRIMSOC Journal of Social Criminology. Dr Leonard has edited the 2011 Irish issue of the Prison Journal, and 2012 issue of IJASS. Awarded the Sage Publishing Research Excellence Award in 2012, and has ten years experience as an academic and lecturer in NUIG and IT Sligo.
Jessica Mannion, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo

Jessica is a part time Lecturer in the Institute of Technology Sligo on both the Custodial Care and Social Studies courses. Jessica's main modules are sociology and criminology, professional development, professional studies, communications, PDP, placement, dissertation and family and community studies. Jessica is studying for a PhD in TCD on the topic of relationship and sex education for people with intellectual disabilities in special schools. She completed her MA by Research and her Social Care degree in IT Sligo. Other qualifications she holds are Community Development and Leadership & Addiction Studies, both from NUIM and Training & Education with NUIG.
Maresa McGee, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Maresa graduated from NUI Galway with a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Neuropharmacology. She completed a Certificate in Clinical Measurement and Medical Physics from Dublin Institute of Technology. Maresa presented at a number of scientific meetings including: I.N.A., Cork, 2004, ECCN, Glasgow, 2006. She has served as an elected representative to the governing board of EPTA and IICMS.  Previously, Maresa worked as a Clinical Measurement Scientist in Neurophysiology at AMNCH and as a lecturer in DIT and Athlone IT. She is currently employed at Institute of Technology Sligo as a Health Sciences Lecturer and co-delivers the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care.
Sinead Meade, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Sinéad Meade holds a B.A. (Hons) Psychology and an M.Litt. Psychology from University College Dublin and is a member of the Psychology Society of Ireland. She has worked as a tutor, laboratory demonstrator and research assistant at UCD and as a tutor for the Co. Sligo Vocational Education Committee. She is a lecturer at IT Sligo and teaches communications, psychology, and professional practice and development to recruit prison officers in the Irish Prison Service and social psychology to social studies students. She has published, presented at conferences, and carried out academic consultancy work for the Humanising Conflict Group.

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