Our grant and fellowship recipients

UQ is home to a number of grant and fellowship recipients who have utilised their expertise to improve teaching and learning within the University.

We recognise their excellence and innovation, and encourage all of our staff to develop initiatives that can create positive educational outcomes.

Along with providing assistance in the application process of external grant and fellowship programs, we have developed our own internal programs. UQ's grants and fellowships provide professional recognition and development opportunities.

They give our teachers the opportunity to complete projects they're passionate about while contributing to the continued enrichment of teaching and learning at UQ.

Apply for grants and fellowships

Visit the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation website for more information about applying for grants and fellowships. 

This includes application processes, key dates, extensions, priority areas, information sessions and more. 

Find out more about UQ and external grants
and fellowships

2019 Principal Practitioners

Principal Practitioners play a critical role in the design thinking approaches we use to support the academic community at UQ. As educational leaders in their discipline, they provide insights and identify opportunities/obstacles in the application of teaching strategies and initiatives.

Principal Practitioner – Higher Education Academy

Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff, Business School, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Pierre Benckendorff

Pierre is an award-winning researcher specialising in visitor behaviour, technology-enhanced learning and tourism. He has been actively involved in a number of national teaching and learning projects totalling close to AUD 1 million in grant funding. In 2007, he received a national Carrick citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. Pierre was part of the national team that developed the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for Tourism, Hospitality and Events and has continued to co-lead efforts to embed and measure these standards under the auspices of the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education. He is currently the co-chair of knowledge creation for the BEST Education Network and, in this capacity, has worked with the World Travel and Tourism Council to edit a book of international cases based on Tourism for Tomorrow award finalists and winners. Pierre is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Principal Practitioner – Professional Learning

Associate Professor Gwen Lawrie, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science

Gwen Lawrie

Gwen joined the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ in 2008 as a Teaching Focused academic, following several postdoctoral and senior research appointments in the UK and Australia. After successfully transferring from bench chemistry research into chemistry education and discipline-based education research, her projects have addressed diversity and engagement of students through collaborative inquiry tasks, the implementation of undergraduate research experiences, and mechanisms for provision of formative feedback to support self-regulated learning. She currently leads an active research program into supporting and assessing student self-regulated learning in online environments in parallel with how teachers combine multimodal representations in teaching. Gwen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been recognised by multiple national, professional and institutional teaching awards.

Principal Practitioner – Blended Learning

Associate Professor Blake McKimmie, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Blake McKimmie

Blake joined the School of Psychology at UQ in 2007 having previously been a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a UQ Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self. He is a leading instructor of the award-winning course CRIME101x (2018 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning) and the PSYC1030x Introduction to Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology XSeries Program of four courses on edX.org. Blake is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2018 recipients

The UQ Teaching Innovation Grants and Early Career Educational Research Grants provide funding to staff at UQ to further initiatives that enhance the student experience or improve the quality of educational outcomes.

Professor Geoff McColl
Faculty of Medicine

$179,170 (2 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Clinical Educator Professional Development Program: ClinEd2U@UQ

Dr Hassan Khosravi
Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation / Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

$178,907 (2 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Development and Dissemination of a Student Led Adaptive Learning Platform

Associate Professor Peter Lewis
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

$136,364 (1.5 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

The EDLS Project: Embedding the development of Digital Literacy Skills within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula across multiple disciplines at UQ

Professor Paul Lant
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Teaching Innovation Grant

Urban Water, Energy, Planning and Design Challenge: a scenario-driven, game-based, UQ-wide tournament to improve future cities

Associate Professor Gwendolyn Lawrie
Faculty of Science

$133,110 (1.5 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Developing authentic online assessment to support collaborative explanation and critical reasoning in large classes

Dr Ingo Jahn
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

$60,996 (1 year)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Lab in the Clouds: Using the cloud to deliver customised computing environments – easily deployed for teaching at scale or remotely

Dr Natalie Collie
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

$60,000 (1 year)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Developing flexible digital assessment strategies for cross-disciplinary implementation 

Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

$60,000 (2 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

Microcredentialling, digital badges and the development of effective transdisciplinary professional learning across large degree programs

Dr Remo Cossu
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

$60,000 (2 years)
Teaching Innovation Grant

LabPass: a flexible online learning tool and management system for practical assignments in large classes

Dr Emma Bartle
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

$53,975 (1 year)
Teaching Innovation Grant (Extension Project)

Strengthening capacity for IP work-integrated learning through the development of authentic assessment of IP skills in clinical and simulation contexts 

Dr Mair Underwood
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

$53,975 (1 year)
Teaching Innovation Grant (Extension Project)

Assessment Ideas Factory: Improving assessment practice across The University of Queensland

Dr Rachel Claire Aland
Faculty of Medicine

$30,000 (1 year)
Teaching Innovation Grant

HistONline: A digital microscopy resource for teaching

Dr Stephen Hall
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

$15,000 (1 year)
Early Career Educational Research Grant

The learning and teaching of complex CFD software: how do students learn to use it and does it promote an improved understanding of Fluid Dynamics?

Dr Roma Forbes
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

$14,478 (1 year)
Early Career Educational Research Grant

Interprofessional Management of Pain (IPMP): preparing health professional students for future practice

2019 recipients

The UQ Teaching Fellowship Scheme aims to promote excellence in teaching and learning through supporting educational leadership that supports University and Faculty strategic priorities.

Faculty of Science

A/Prof Rowland Cobbold
School of Veterinary Science

Development of innovative course offerings and teaching approaches to enhance articulation pathways for UQ veterinary programs.

This project aims to develop enhanced articulation pathways into the BVSc (Hons) that better define the roles and graduate outcomes for the BVetTech and BSc AVB programs. 

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Dr Frederique Bracoud
School of Economics

Student-driven design of a new introductory course in financial literacy and conversion to blending delivery of an advanced finance course.

The project aims to strengthen the relevance of the content of two courses in Financial Economics at opposite ends of the curriculum: ECON1200 Money and Mind, teaching everyday financial literacy to meet students’ personal needs and ECON3210 Financial Markets and Institutions, teaching highly specialised knowledge to third-year students contemplating a career in the Finance industry.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Dr John Drayton
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Development of a UQ Student Unit in the Office of the State Coroner

This pilot project will result in the production of a scalable model for a UQ Centre of Excellence in coronial practice relevant to disciplines including nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, health sciences and medicine.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof Kristen Lyons
School of Social Science

Developing Post Graduate Student-Led Engaged Learning Environments for Diverse Cohorts, including International Students

This project aims to expand postgraduate Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, and with insights that can inform postgraduate WIL development across the University.

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

A/Prof Steven Pratt
School of Chemical Engineering

Designing the framework for ‘world-standard’ postgraduate coursework for engineers

Engineering at UQ is currently being reviewed. This project will ensure that the identity of the postgraduate coursework offerings align with the Faculty’s future vision for Engineering Education. 

Faculty of Medicine

A/Prof Stephen Anderson and Dr Kay Colthorpe
School of Biomedical Sciences

Being blended: challenges and opportunities for academics in the new blended learning paradigm

This project aims to enhance our understanding of the drivers and barriers for the uptake of blended learning amongst science academics, and to focus on incorporating scientific skill development into online learning materials.

Faculty of Medicine

A/Prof Linda Selvey
School of Public Health

Application of a blended learning approach to teaching health, society and research to MD students

The aim of the project is to redevelop HSR1 course for medical students to incorporate blended and active learning, case studies, reflection, and the use of an e-Portfolio in order to enhance student engagement, learning and integration of their learning.

2018 recipients

ITaLI offers annual Visiting Fellowships to academics with an established record in scholarship that's closely aligned with the strengths of the Institute, which includes supporting UQ's strategic objectives while collaborating with the faculties and schools.

Professor Chris Tisdell, University of New South Wales

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Professor Chris Tisdell is at the forefront of digital learning and educational research. His educational and research videos on YouTube and his eTextbooks (both in content and downloads/subscribers) place him as a nationally leading figure. He has over $3M in educational grants and over 100 publications that cover, among other topics, digital education. He has held senior executive positions related to teaching and learning at UNSW.

Chris recently spent time at ITaLI as a Visiting Fellow – his second such visit in the last two years. During that period, he engaged with academic and professional staff both within ITaLI and across faculties. He has initiated collaborative and collegial discussions that have focussed on digital learning and his background in mathematics make him ideally placed to contribute to UQ2U and learning analytics at UQ.

Dr Thomas Carey, San Diego State University

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Dr Thomas Carey is a Research Professor at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. He is also Executive-in-Residence at the British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities.

Tom is an expert working with higher education institutions across the US and Canada to develop and sustain exemplary teaching and learning environments for undergraduate success, as a “connector, coach and catalyst” in leadership strategy and faculty collaborations. 

Tom’s recent work includes research and innovation on Assessment for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and on Faculty Support and Assessment Strategies for the Council of Ontario Universities’ Centre of Excellence in Online Learning. He also advises academic leaders and faculty teams on strategy for exemplary teaching and learning.