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Teaching and Learning

Professor Teri Balser

Professor Teri Balser

Professor Teri Balser is Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, where she came after having been a Professor of Soil and Water Science and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

Prior to that she was Assistant and Associate Professor of Soil and Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Director of the cross-campus Institute for Biology Education. Her Ph.D. in soil microbiology came from the University of California at Berkeley, and she completed postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University.

In addition to international recognition as an accomplished research scholar, Dr. Balser is widely known in higher education. She is a co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) and a National Vision and Change Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, and was recently selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair to India to help build capacity at the national level for a pedagogically advanced and socially responsive life sciences curriculum.

She has also received numerous accolades for her educational accomplishments including the USDA/APLU National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award in 2009 and recognition as the 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. And just last week she was announced as one of three finalists for the 2016 $250,000 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the largest teaching prize in the English-speaking world.

In addition to her administrative duties and research on classroom climate and engagement, Dr. Balser regularly delivers workshops and invited talks on active learning, large classes, the impact of fear on learning, and the future of teaching.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has some of the most inspiring teachers led by Professor Teri Balser. Teaching staff from the faculty have received National and International awards for their teaching qualities and practices. In addition to our inspiring teachers, the faculty has some of the most innovative teaching spaces in Australian universities.

The Curtin Physics Studio was one of the first of its kind in the world and has been the fore-runner for many new and innovative teaching and learning spaces. The Resources and Chemistry Precinct offers exciting new learning opportunities. The Engineering Pavilion and Plaza, which house world-class learning spaces, is very popular with our engineering students.

The Faculty also runs several outreach programs that take science and engineering to schools and the community.