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21 September 2012
Prof Hay giving insights on the characteristics of an educator
Prof Hay, who is this year's Educator-in-Residence at the CDTL, talked on "Opening Doors: Exploring the teaching practices of inspiring academics". He shared seven themes which characterised an inspiring teacher - the ability to move beyond failure, fear and uncertainty; the ability to reflect; realising teaching is greater than knowledge mastery; appreciating that learning is greater than teaching; acknowledging humanness; organising for risk and replicating; and improving on teaching.
Prof Hay also drew from the auto-ethnographic accounts of university teachers in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to uncover the circumstances and practices that have made them great teachers.
He later answered questions from the NUS teaching community such as balancing the time between research and teaching, applying the seven themes to NUS' learning environment, and the evolving relationship between a student and a teacher.
Prof Hay has taken up significant advisory roles in projects which enhance the scholarship of higher education teaching and learning. His many contributions to improving and promoting scholarly and creative teaching in his discipline have been recognised with accolades such as the Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2006, and the 2010 inaugural Association of American Geographers' E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award.