Teaching Excellence Award for Khylee Quince

18 April 2013
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Khylee Quince

The Auckland Law School has re-established Teaching Excellence Awards to recognise outstanding teaching in the Faculty. Senior Lecturer Khylee Quince was the first staff member to receive one of the new awards.

There were some very high quality nominations and Dean Andrew Stockley noted that the selection panel (which included a representative from the University) had been very impressed with the calibre of the teaching evidenced in the portfolios submitted. In announcing that Khylee had received an award, he noted that she had done extremely well teaching large, compulsory courses, including some topics and courses for which there is initially less student enthusiasm. Her student survey results were outstanding.

The panel was impressed with Khylee’s integration of kaupapa Maori into aspects of her teaching, including teaching part of Jurisprudence at Waipapa Marae, spending a week examining Criminal Law and the justice system from a Maori perspective, and seeking to create an open and unintimidating class dynamic. The Dean noted that Khylee had put a lot of energy and commitment into supporting and advancing Maori student success and that she also teaches in the New Start programme designed to prepare older students for university study.

Together with Associate Professor Treasa Dunworth, Khylee has been undertaking a research project on how to engage effectively with Maori and Pasifika students in law teaching. She has co-presented a staff seminar resulting from this and a paper at the 2012 Australasian Law Teachers’ Association Conference.

Khylee has made very good use of peer review of teaching. She has had lectures filmed in order to evaluate how effectively she delivers material. She developed a practical assessment component for one of her courses. She is a member of the Faculty’s Teaching and Learning Committee and contributed to developing the programme for the Faculty’s recent Teaching Retreat. Khylee and Alison Cleland have developed group work exercises as part of their co-teaching of the Youth Justice course and have completed a three year research project on the use of team teaching in a law school elective where both teachers of a course are present for every lecture.

The Dean commented that a signature of Khylee’s teaching is her use of humour and anecdote and the rapport she establishes with her classes. Students who nominated her for this award attested to the affection and respect in which she is held. He congratulated Khylee on winning the award and noted that the Faculty was committed to supporting and promoting teaching excellence.