Inspirational Efforts Earn Uni Staff Awards

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THE University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) have recognised two of their creative academics for their exceptional work in inspiring the next crop of design experts.

Senior lecturer in art and design Dr Lisa Chandler and associate lecturer in education Karen Shelley each received a Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Learning and Teaching at the university's recent graduation ceremonies.

Dr Chandler is a product of USC having begun study at the university in 1996 before furthering her career as a visual artist, educator, graphic designer, gallery director, curator and journalist in commercial and community contexts.

She has taught classes in art and design at the university and was the founding director of the University Gallery at the campus.

She was awarded for developing innovative teaching materials and using a broad range of visual media and technologies to engage students and foster independent learning. Dr Chandler said she was honoured to be awarded the medal and hoped her teaching methods encouraged her students to become forward thinking individuals. …