Dr Daniel Mansfield was conferred a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at a ceremony today at UNSW's Sir John Clancy Auditorium.
Dr Mansfield's award, for an "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning" in 2014, was presented by Dean of UNSW Science Professor Merlin Crossley.
Head of School Professor Bruce Henry said that "Daniel’s achievements in teaching tutorials, creating online resources and running mathematics enrichment clubs were factors in him receiving this honour".
The teaching awards were established in 1989 to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in teaching by members of staff at UNSW.
In the words of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs:
"Dr Daniel Mansfield is recognised in the School of Mathematics and Statistics as a thoughtful, engaging, and inspiring teacher. As a student, Daniel provided learning assistance to other students through the School's Student Support Scheme. Through his PhD studies and subsequently, Daniel has been teaching tutorial classes in the School with an average overall satisfaction from student surveys across 13 classes of 98%. Based on his teaching excellence he is one of a very select number of casual teachers who has been invited to teach the most challenging first year courses in the School.
Daniel has also engaged with the wider community in his teaching by running Mathematics Enrichment clubs through Sydney Boys High and Sydney Girls High. Through these after school activities, Daniel has demonstrated outstanding dedication to enhancing learning and inspiring students.
Over the past year, Daniel has become one of the leaders in developing technology enhanced learning and teaching at UNSW. He has created a suite of online YouTube videos that are now being used as an adjunct to class presentations in first year higher mathematics courses. Daniel has also been creating online professional development courses for high school teachers to enhance their understanding of applications of mathematics in the modern world.
Dr Mansfield was nominated for this award by two students, and by the Director of First Year Teaching in Mathematics, Peter Brown, who is himself a previous recipient of the VC's Award for Teaching Excellence.
The University of New South Wales fully endorses this nomination and is pleased to present Daniel with the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence."
We warmly congratulate Dr Mansfield on his spectacular achievement!