Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student learning:

For leadership of fieldwork education in the Health Sciences, fostering innovation and enhancing the quality of students’ fieldwork learning experiences.

Brooke Sanderson received recognition for excellence in teaching by receiving a Curtin University Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award.  The Provost, John Cordery announced the 2017 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards recipients at an official Awards Ceremony on Friday 10thNovember. This award recognises that, through Brooke’s leadership, the student learning experience during fieldwork at Curtin has been enhanced.

A little about Brooke’s work, in her own words

Over my time at Curtin University, I have had the opportunity to contribute to the quality of fieldwork education in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Through my work, I aim to guide, coach and empower Faculty staff and industry partners, striving to always work collaboratively to enhance quality and promote innovation in fieldwork, thereby enhancing the University’s capacity to deliver high-quality fieldwork placements. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from and make a contribution that has expended beyond my discipline of speech pathology, to all Faculty of Health Sciences disciplines.

The role requires innovation and strategic thinking, and is a constant juggling act in an attempt to balance the goals and priorities of our two primary stakeholders – the students and industry partners.

Within speech pathology, as clinical coordinator, I provide support, guidance and mentoring to Curtin employed sessional academic staff and a large number of external speech pathologists in industry, who take on clinical education roles.  My support and mentoring of these staff is critical to ensuring that best practice in clinical education (teaching) is enacted across all clinical placements. My work thereby assures and enhances Curtin’s capacity to deliver high-quality clinical placements.

I conceptualise teaching excellence in the role of clinical coordinator as effective teaching that enhances student learning during fieldwork, in addition to innovation in the management of the clinical placement program, to maintain a sustainable and cost effective fieldwork curriculum.  The role requires innovation and strategic thinking, and is a constant juggling act in an attempt to balance the goals and priorities of our two primary stakeholders – the students and industry partners.

Professionally, I strive to make an ongoing contribution to the speech pathology profession and the wider community, most recently through my role as a Board Director of Speech Pathology Australia I am a national University accreditor for Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and am a member of the School Board at an independent public school for children with Specific Language Impairment.

I am committed to continuously developing my skills and extending the knowledge base in the area of fieldwork education. I led a Curtin Teaching Excellence Development Fund teaching grant in 2016, exploring student resilience for fieldwork and have been a co-investigator on three additional teaching grants, 14 conference presentations and four publications.

It was a privilege to have my teaching excellence recognised through this Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.