THE 2018 SHIMADZU EDUCATION AWARD: TRACEY KUIT
School of Biological Sciences
University of Wollongong
Dr Tracey Kuit is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Tracey’s interest in science began at Western Sydney University, with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in veterinary microbiology studying the epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni from humans and poultry. She then completed a PhD at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in collaboration with the University of Wollongong investigating the pathogenic mechanisms of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. This research took her to the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany with collaborations at the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility, Iowa State University and the University of Connecticut. Throughout this time, Tracey also worked as a casual academic, which strengthened her passion for teaching. In 2008, she was fortunate to gain a teaching specialist position as a lecturer at the University of Wollongong.
As a teaching specialist, Tracey takes carriage of large undergraduate subjects in molecular biology and biochemistry, totaling over 1,200 students a year, whilst also teaching smaller specialist research and postgraduate courses. Her approach is always systematic and research-led and she innovatively delivers curriculum to diverse student cohorts through strong leadership. These strengths have been recognised nationally through an Office of Learning and Teaching citation and institutionally through a Vice Chancellor’s teaching excellence award. Her expertise is regularly sort on governance roles in learning and teaching (L&T), as a mentor, a reviewer of award and grant applications and reviewer for journals on L&T. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice and on the Executive Committee of the Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Tracey’s scholarship of teaching and learning research involves employing and evaluating innovative quality teaching practices using action research cycles with a focus on developing students’ lifelong learning and employability skills. She has a rich history in leading L&T projects with competitive grant funding. This includes utilising technology to enhance and support student learning. Her current projects are in blended teaching and learning strategies, the flipped classroom, ePortfolios and self-reflection to evidence learning, and utilising eNotebooks in laboratory teaching.
Students are at the centre of what Tracey does. She believes education is empowering and that through developing their scientific literacy her students will be more active members of the community and make more informed personal decisions. She is reflective and a lifelong learner, actively developing her professional practice.